Smoothie King Franchises Inc. held its 2009 Franchise Conference June 12 and 13 near their Covington, Louisiana-based headquarters at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel.
Themed Believe It Achieve It, the conference featured keynote speaker Troy Hazard, corporate speaker and author of The Naked Entrepreneur: A Millionaireâ€™s Journey from Fear to True Wealth. Over 300 Smoothie King franchisees and executives were in attendance.
â€œIn spite of a difficult economic environment, we are celebrating our 36th year, and I am pleased to report the continued expansion and success of Smoothie King,â€ said Steve Kuhnau, co-founder, president and CEO. â€œMost importantly, we are continuing with our mission to not only offer great tasting smoothies, but to help more people achieve a healthier lifestyle.â€
During the conference award ceremony, franchisees Roger and Stephanie Wilder III (Denham Springs, Louisiana) were awarded Franchisee of the Year. David and Dawn Cotrone and Raleigh and Kim Dumas (Bradenton, Florida) received New Franchisee of the Year; 45 other franchisees were also awarded for their outstanding achievement.