Congratulations to the 2012 Award Winners!

In the theme of the Business Olympians, we awarded a Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist in each category at this year's International Franchise Brokers Conference and Expo.

The categories and winners are listed below.

Rookie of the Year

Gold : Dan Friend
Silver : Kevin Roman
Bronze: Jim Neumann

Visionary of the Year

Gold: Anita Best – Work with Universities
Silver: Rich Helm – Tradeshow Innovation
Bronze: Jim Radloff – Associate Program

Top Producer of the Year

Gold: Sue Bennett – 45 Deals
Silver: Al Lesko – 22 Deals
Bronze: Gayle Sutton – 19 Deals

Broker of the Year

Gold: Al Lesko
Silver: Sue Bennett
Bronze: Andy Lamedman

Carnell Industry Leader of the Year

Gold: Al Lesko
Silver: Andy Lamedman
Bronze: Gayle Sutton

Trainer of the Year

Gold: Eric Riess
Silver: Larry Carnell
Bronze: Terry Sullivan

Business Opportunity of they Year

Gold: Naturals 2 Go
Silver: Signworld
Bronze: iTrip

Franchise of the Year

Gold: Restoration 1
Silver: Service Brands
Bronze: Express Employment Professionals

Vendor of the Year

Gold: Tenet Financial
Silver: Greensfelder Attorneys at Law
Bronze: Benetrends

Thank you so much for your votes in the ballot and a huge congratulations to the winners this year.  It is a huge honor to be elected by your peers for these awards so congratulations to all the nominees and winners.  We accept nominations for the awards all year long, so please email nominations to

Express Employment Creates Heroes- 2012 Gold Sponsor

Business owners are the true American heroes of our society.  Think about what they do.  They turn an idea into a way to provide a product or a service.  They employ people to assist with the development, creation, distribution and sale of that product or service.

By employing people they are giving those individuals the opportunity to have shelter over there heads, to have a pantry full of food, to express themselves through clothing, to have luxuries like going to the movies, out to dinner and on vacations, to have the ability to speak to anyone in the world through the phone in their pocket and to be able to have instant access and knowledge to any possible subject they can imagine through their computer and internet connection.  This incredibly abundant life started with a job.

As an employer, this is an exceptionally gratifying realization.  Now imagine being in a business that is the employer for thousands of other businesses.  Everyday your job is to put other people to work, giving them an opportunity for a quality life.

At Express Employment Professionals, they embrace a culture of success.  With a massive state of the art building as their headquarters, they use the training centers throughout as incubators for successful franchisees.  They train Express franchisees on the guarded secrets of business success.  It is a logical formula that has been proven repeatedly throughout their 550 franchisees.  After this intensive training and rehearsal stage for 3 weeks the franchisee leaves with appointments in hand and a confidence they never knew possible.

They return to their local office and begin meeting with willing sophisticated clients that need their help.  They become a trusted advisor to Supervisors, Officers, HR Professionals and Mangers.  They spend their days nurturing relationships with these clients and helping potential employees find security through a job.

The back office administration is made easy through the workload Express Employment Professionals corporate office takes on.  Franchisees work business hours creating a sense of balance most business owners don’t have.  They give the franchisee freedom to live a normal life with big earnings potential.  The average franchisee in 2011 earned $4 million dollars in revenue, almost double (in the worst economy) from 2 years prior ($2 million in 2009).

With 29 years of experience, a track record of an 80% success rate and a culture that inspires people daily, Express Employment is a company that any potential business owner would love to be aligned with.  They are rebuilding American and the people in it every day.  Now is the time to join the Express Employment Family and start making a difference in your community, your country and your life.  That’s what we call purpose.

Liquid Capital's Incredible Vision - 2012 Silver Sponsor

Liquid Capital was started with an incredible vision in mind.   Three men came together to collaborate on a totally unique opportunity.  With theToronto skyline as their view, they sat together brainstorming on all the ways they could help people achieve financial success.

They all had volumes of experience in the financial sector and had been wildly successful themselves.  They knew from their experience how to turn money into more money.  They understood the power of compound interest and how to invest with the lowest risk possible.

They imagined a world whereby people could easily access capital to grow their existing businesses.  They envisioned an opportunity in which they could show people how to take their money and turn it into assets that continually generated more income.  They imagined financial freedom for people.  They wanted to change the world.

And collectively, these brilliant minds created what they envisioned that day.  They created something so powerful, something revolutionary and something that offered the best gift to the world, financial freedom.

They created the Liquid Capital Franchise System.

 The Liquid Capital franchise is the total package.  It teaches its Principles how to let their money work for them.  It shows them how to help people in their community achieve financial freedom.  It opens the box of opportunity, so that entrepreneurs have a better chance of succeeding.   It gives Principles true fulfillment in knowing the impact they had on the lives of the people they helped that day.

Principles are put into a business where they don’t have a lot to manage other than their relationships with Investors, Bankers, Financial Experts and Business Professionals.  The back office administration is almost completely handled by corporate.  Principles get to experience the best parts of business ownership without all the hassle.

This franchise is so revolutionary; the competition is minimal and fragmented.  Liquid Capital has developed a finely tuned, proven system that allows it Principles to do what they do best, pamper quality clients and create daily financial victories.

With over 35 years of experience and over 70 Principles raving about this opportunity, now is the time to take advantage of this.  The best franchises sell quickly.  Join us in the vision to create financial freedom for yourself and those clients you will help daily.