Omar Yunes’ path to winning BFW

The Best Franchisee of the World award is the most prestigious attainment in the franchising industry. It honors franchisees that have made tremendous contributions to their brands. It is a lifetime dream for many. In 2015, Omar Yunes won this award in a prestigious festival in Florence in Mexico. A look at his background and struggles leaves no doubt that he deserved it.

Creating a new niche

Omar Yunes is a franchisee of the Japanese food chain, Sushi Itto. Aged 21, he decided to start franchising for the brand in Mexico. He faced two main hurdles during the starting years. First, Japanese and Mexican tastes are two worlds apart. Secondly, there was no significant Japanese food business chain in the country. He had to beat his path.

Through perseverance, hard work and an exceptional entrepreneurial skill, Omar built the network’s brand in the country. By 2015, he not only had business units in Mexico City but in the major cities of Pueblo and Veracruz. The total number of units had risen to 13 which constitute 10% of the network.

Representing the underdog

Mexico’s franchise industry is one of the most developed sectors in the country. However, for years it had only received recognition at regional levels. 2015 edition of the BFW was its maiden participation at the international level. It faced legendary participants such as France, Italy, Portugal, and Brazil. Omar Yunes’ had another limiting hurdle besides its country’s underdog status in the competition. The brand, Sushi Itto too did not share the advantage of international recognition as most of the competing firms. Besides, it is neither a tech firm nor a multibillion fin-tech.

Under these circumstances, only excellence put Omar Yunes above his competition. The key considerations included contributions towards the expansion and development of the brand. A key innovation that made him stand out was the creation of management control boards. These had enhanced performance throughout the network.

Bilateral Achievement

Nevertheless, Omar Yunes represented his country and brand per excellence. By winning the award, Mexico received a significant facelift in the international arena. The achievement also exemplified Sushi Itto’s support and contribution towards excellence and quality through innovation.

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Troy McQuagge Becomes A Gold Winner

The USHealth Group, Inc can take a seat knowing that it has secured itself a prestigious award this year.

Troy McQuagge, the CEO of the group was awarded the Gold Winner Award for being the CEO of the Year at the annual One Planet Awards. The One Planet Awards ceremony is a global premier awards program that gives special honors to businesses and any professional excellence in any industry all across the world. Different organizations can submit nominations to the awards crew, whether they are public or private companies, profit or non-profit companies.

When asked about receiving the award, McQuagge started by saying that it was honor for him to be named as a winner in the One Planet Awards ceremony. He went on to say that the award didn’t belong only to him but also to everyone who worked at USHealth Group, Inc. He suggested that the award was proof that the company would remain committed to solving issues involving healthcare.

Troy McQuagge is the current CEO of the USHealth Group. He attended and graduated from the University of Central Florida, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983. He got his first start in the working world later that year when he took a job with AllState Insurance Company. In 1995,Troy McQuagge joined United Insurance Companies, Inc (UICI) and worked in the Student Insurance Division. Later on, his company became part of HealthMarkets, though he was named president in 1997. The Agency Marketing Group had more than $1 billion in sales and revenue by 2007.

McQuagge joined the USHealth Group back in 2010 and his main goal was to completely revamp the entire company and their many policies. The first thing that McQuagge wanted to do upon his arrival at the company was to modify the way its captive distribution agency, USHealth Advisors, was operating. He spent so much time revamping the system that he was eventually elected to be the president and CEO of the company by 2014. Once he got into this role, the company showed more growth and profitability in the healthcare market.