Tropical Smoothie Café announced the franchisee award recipients of its virtual 2020 Summer Celebration awards ceremony.

The Summer Celebration virtual event was held in lieu of the Tropical Smoothie Cafe annual convention, which was cancelled earlier this year due to COVID-19. The first-ever online ceremony hosted hundreds of attendees who joined together with the Tropical Smoothie Cafe executive team and corporate support center to acknowledge and reward the company’s leading franchisees and crew members for their exceptional work throughout 2019. Among those recognized were BJ Crist, a franchisee with five locations in Louisiana, who was named Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s Multi-Unit Franchisee of the Year for his exceptional performance and consistent support of and commitment to the Tropical Smoothie Cafe system.

“While we were unable to celebrate our outstanding top performers in person at our annual convention earlier this year, we’re thrilled to recognize some of the incredible franchisees and crew members who make up our system,” says Charles Watson, CEO of Tropical Smoothie Cafe, LLC. “It’s no secret that our dedicated franchise owners are the heart and soul of our brand, and their enthusiasm, community-spirited mentality and incredible achievements continue to drive the non-stop momentum at Tropical Smoothie Cafe. The 2019 honorees are truly unstoppable, and these recognitions are a testament to their passion and hard work.”

The additional 2019 award categories and recipients are as follows:

Build the Brand – DYNE Hospitality Group, Glen Johnson and Nick Crouch; Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas

Run Great Cafes – Dan Beaulieu; Florida

Developer of the Year – Hani Halloun; Illinois and Michigan

Single-Unit Franchisee of the Year – Steve Lippman; Michigan

Manager of the Year – Zelia Miller; Georgia

Multi-Unit Manager of the Year – Brette Winder; Utah

Rookie of the Year – Steve and Peggy Johns; Texas

Difference Maker – Rylan and Jennifer Miller; North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia

Emerging Leader – Meghan Cook; Georgia

During the ceremony, Tropical Smoothie Cafe celebrated more than 180 cafes, of which, more than 115 that achieved more than $1 million in sales in 2019.

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