IHOP® Restaurants Celebrate 60 Years, Recognize Top Franchisees And Vendor Partners Of The Year
"It is always inspiring to see our franchisees go above and beyond to serve our guests in the restaurant and their local communities," said
Major award winners included:
- Franchisee of the Year –
Mohamed Al-Sad– Owning and operating nine restaurants in Denverand Houston, Mohamed Al-Sadhas been a franchisee for more than a decade and was named the 2018 "IHOP Franchisee of the Year." Al-Sad started off as a dishwasher at IHOP and rose through the ranks eventually owning multiple restaurants. Because of his humble beginnings in the system, he is known for putting people first from his guests to his team members. Al-Sad is invested in the future of the brand, oftentimes offering up his restaurants for market and menu tests. He is not only a valued and well-respected operator in the system but a good community steward participating in local charity events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Houstonand the Chevron Houston Marathon.
- International Franchisee of the Year –
Humberto Robira– The 2018 "IHOP International Franchisee of Year" award recognizes the international franchisee that has made consistent contributions and efforts to execute and build the IHOP brand on an international level. Humberto Robirais sharing the IHOP brand in Puerto Rico. Despite facing one of the worst natural disasters in recent U.S. history, Robira and his team always put the guest first. His restaurants provided the community in Puerto Ricofood, water and refuge. Additionally, his restaurants sustained damage due to Hurricane Maria in 2017 but he and his team were able to repair all their locations by the end of the year. Within weeks of finishing up repairs, Robira and his team celebrated National Pancake Day breaking their own record and raising money for their local children's hospital.
- Supplier Partner of the Year –
J&B Group– This year's "Supplier Partner of the Year" was instrumental in the success of the IHOb burger campaign. J&B Groupis a family owned and operated cold supply chain that distributes, manufactures and produces protein products. Under tight deadlines, J&B Groupnot only commercialized and tested the product, but the group invested capital and increased production to support the demand that resulted from the IHOb burger campaign. The group helped to create a burger that truly stands out from the competition.
- Heart of IHOP Award –
Adenah Bayoh– The 2018 "Heart of IHOP" Award recognizes the system's franchisee who has demonstrated the greatest amount of love, compassion and care for members of their local communities and embodied the brand's promise. It was compassion that led Adenah Bayohto become a franchisee because she wanted her community in Irvington, N.J., to have a place like IHOP to create memories. Bayoh came to the United Statesfrom Liberiaat 13 years old as a refugee; she overcame many obstacles to own her first IHOP at just 27 years old. As part of her outreach, she runs a free daily breakfast program for children under 12 and hosts breakfast for dinners for needy families during the holidays. Bayoh also allows local non-profit organizations to hold charitable events at her IHOP locations. She is a respected operator who strives to be an inspiration to young girls in her community.
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF PANCAKES, LLC
For 60 years, IHOP has been a leader, innovator and expert in all things breakfast, any time of day. The chain offers 65 different signature, fresh, made-to-order breakfast options, a wide selection of popular lunch and dinner items as well as meals under 600 calories. IHOP restaurants offer guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service. Today, there are more than 1,750 IHOP restaurants around the world, including restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam as well as Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Lebanon, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Thailand, India and The Philippines. IHOP restaurants are franchised by affiliates of Glendale, Calif.-based
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