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Interim HealthCare Inc. Franchisees Recognized at 2015 National Leadership Conference

SUNRISE, FL May 5, 2015 -   In an awards ceremony held during the National Franchise Leadership Conference April 26 -28 in Hollywood, FL, Interim HealthCare franchisees were recognized by the Franchisor, Interim HealthCare Inc., for excellence in growth and leadership during the 2014 business year.
The President’s Pinnacle Award: presented to the office(s) that at least doubled their business over the last 2 years with a minimum annual sales of $2 million at the end of the two year period. This year’s franchisee recipient of the award:

Topeka, KS
Tarrant County, TX
Mooresville, NC

Brownfield, TX
Grand Rapids, MI
Pampa, TX
The Outstanding Office of the Year for Exceptional Growth: presented to the Office that achieved outstanding sales growth in overall percentage and top line dollars through increased market penetration in a core product line. This year six Interim HealthCare franchises were recipients of the award:
Medicare: Topeka, KS
Medicaid:  Pittsburgh, PA
Commercial Insurance: Stony Brook, NY
Private Pay: Wichita, KS
Staffing: Columbus, OH
Hospice: Atlanta, GA

The Ownership Group of the Year: presented to the owner or owner group that has achieved outstanding sales growth in their franchise compared to owners of similar size. Annual growth is driven by improvements in current product lines, new office openings, and new product line expansion. This year’s award went to:

Jay Stehley & Jill Harrison, Wichita/Topeka, KS
David Klaeser, Sacramento, CA
The Beck Franchise, Grand Rapids, MI
Peter & Tamara Lobravico, Point Pleasant, NJ (New Franchisee)

The Transformation Award: presented to the individual or office that has achieved sales growth over the previous year despite facing significant market segment changes and challenges. The award recognizes their strategic thinking and decisive actions to not only survive but thrive in times of change. The award went to:

The Beck Franchise, Michigan
The Pioneer Award: our most prestigious award is presented to the franchisee whose strategy and results demonstrated a pioneering, entrepreneurial spirit, and action. In addition to blazing the trail, the Pioneer Award winner shares the map and tools with others that choose to follow. The 2012 winner was:

Jim Watson, New York
The Leadership Excellence Award; recognizes an individual who demonstrates the ability to lead people and organizations to their full potential. By their words and actions, they inspire and empower team members to help build the business and produce outstanding results – in sales, customer service and return on investment. This award recognizes leadership as the essential ingredient to long term success in our business and outstanding leaders create lasting role models for future generations of leaders in our company.
This year the award was renamed the Jason Bullard Leadership Excellence Award in honor of Jason Bullard a dedicated, highly successful franchise owner who passed away June 8, 2013.  With more than 20 years of experience, Jason continued his drive and optimism regardless of the challenges he faced with his declining health. As CEO of Interim HealthCare of West Texas, he led with passion and dedication. The first recipient of the new award was:

Rick Petersen, New Hampshire

The Allan C. Sorensen Business Integrity Award: presented to the individual who demonstrated outstanding ethics and business integrity in the routine operation of their business while simultaneously increasing overall market penetration, was awarded to:

Bryan Rayburn, Indianapolis, IN
The Raymond C. Herriges Management Award: presented to the individual who has achieved the greatest degree of operational excellence combined with outstanding sales growth during the previous year, was awarded to:

The Gilley Franchise, Atlanta, GA
The Leroy E. Dettman Founder’s Award: recognizes the person or group who best personifies the entrepreneurial spirit with the dedication, discipline and the direction necessary to consistently achieve profitable growth and expansion from year-to-year, and was awarded to:

Jay Stehley, Wichita, KS
Kathleen Gilmartin, President and CEO of Interim HealthCare Inc. commented, “All of our award winners are examples of the hard work and dedication that make Interim HealthCare a true industry leader in community based home care, personal care & support services or private pay focused on senior care, health care staffing and hospice services.  I am also extremely proud to once again honor Jason’s memory with our new Jason Bullard Leadership Excellence Award. Jason continues to be an incredible inspiration for all of us. ”
 About Interim HealthCare, Inc.
Interim HealthCare Inc., founded in 1966, is a leading national franchisor of home care, hospice and healthcare staffing.  It is part of Caring Brands International which also includes UK-based Bluebird Care and Australia-based Just Better Care, both well-known franchise brands in their countries.  With more than 530 franchise locations in seven countries Caring Brands International is a global health care leader.
Interim HealthCare in the United States is unique in combining the commitment of local ownership with the support of a national organization that develops innovative programs and quality standards that improve the delivery of service. Franchisees employ nurses, therapists, aides, companions and other healthcare professionals who provide 25 million hours of home care service to 190,000 people each year, meeting a variety of home health, senior care, hospice, palliative care, pediatric care and healthcare staffing needs. For more information or to locate an Interim HealthCare office, visit www.interimhealthcare.com.
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