Industry News | March 18, 2011

The Egg & I Honors “Best of the Best”

The Egg & I Restaurants, a Denver-based breakfast and lunch franchise with 43 restaurants open and 15 more currently in development, presented its high-achieving franchisees with awards and recognition at its franchisee award ceremony held in Denver on March 1st. 

“The Egg & I Restaurants’ rapid growth and incredibly strong guest loyalty has been fueled by our solid network of experienced, dedicated franchisees,” says Bill Baumhauer, chairman and CEO of E&I Holdings, franchisor of The Egg & I Restaurants. 

“Our franchisees’ hard work and dedication to the success of our brand has enabled us to become one of the fastest-growing breakfast and lunch restaurants in the U.S.,” Baumhauer says.

The top two awards presented were the Franchisee of the Year award and the Unsung Hero award.

The Franchisee of the Year award honors the franchisee that exemplifies excellence in all areas of restaurant operations. The winner demonstrates a drive for success, passion for the brand, extraordinary guest service, and local community involvement. This year’s recipient was Rich Yoke of Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Rich Yoke operates three The Egg & I Restaurants located in Centennial, Highlands Ranch, and Parker, Colorado.

The Unsung Hero award recognizes the franchisee that demonstrates the principles and values of The Egg & I Restaurant brand while delivering results, demonstrating commitment to the brand, and focusing on unwavering success.  Bob McGurk, Sr. and Bobby McGurk, Jr. in Birmingham, Alabama, received the Unsung Hero award for their numerous contributions and leadership.  The McGurks currently operate one The Egg & I Restaurant in Hoover, Alabama with a second under development in Montgomery, Alabama.

“I congratulate and commend all of our franchise partners for their ongoing dedication to The Egg & I Restaurants brand, especially in this extremely challenging economic environment,” says Don Lamb, president and COO of E&I Holdings.  “I believe our franchisees are among the best in the restaurant industry today, and those who were recognized exemplify the ‘best of the best.'”


The men at the helm of the E & I Franchise are among the finest men on the Planet ! Bill, Don, and Tom, you demonstrate dedication, diligence, committment, and loyalty. It is no wonder your franchisees are so successful. You are the kind of professionals who don't just throw out a line and wait. You work head to head to devlop detailed plans, and you believe in the folks you commit to. Your talent is to attract like minded people who have the sense to follow the plan, and surround themselves with experienced and knowledgeable people. Franchisees who work hard and implement your time-tested guidelines, demonstrate the dedication you instill in them, and rise to the top of their field ! Leadership works when the leaders show humility, interest, integrity, and respect for their team. A leader is only as good as the team who follows ! My sincere congratulations to the Egg and I Leadership Staff, Franchise Development Staff, and others who stand out among the Public Companies of America. You are indeed the Best of the Best ! Way to Go !!! I am so happy to know you !

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