Amazing Lash Studio, a nationwide franchise concept of eyelash extensions, and the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation are proud to announce the five winners of the inaugural Beauty Changes Lives Amazing Lash scholarship competition. Each winner receives a $2,250 tuition scholarship toward her education at an accredited aesthetics school.
The 2017 Amazing Lash Studio Scholarship winners and their respective schools are:
Heather Elrod, President and COO of Amazing Lash Studio, says the company is honored to support aestheticians through the Beauty Changes Lives scholarship program. “This is an exciting time in the beauty industry and we are proud to support the students who are pursuing a career path in the industry. We look forward to many years of promoting and celebrating aestheticians through our partnership with Beauty Changes Lives,” says Heather.
Beauty Changes Lives Foundation President Lynelle Lynch said the tremendous applicant response for the scholarship speaks to booming demand in the spa industry and the reputation of the Amazing Lash brand. “We are so honored that one of the most innovative, respected and entrepreneurial brands in beauty is paying their success forward through the gift of education,” Lynelle stated.
Winners will be recognized at the Amazing Lash National Franchisee Meeting on September 15.
About the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation: With a mission to elevate, educate and empower, Beauty Changes Lives is uniting the industry and building awareness of the extraordinary career opportunities in the beauty, wellness and massage therapy industries. Learn more at www.beautychangeslives.org or find us on Facebook.
About Amazing Lash Studio: Amazing Lash Studio was founded in 2010 by Edward and Jessica Le, with the vision to create excellence and affordability in the eyelash extension industry. Amazing Lash Studios are retail salons that apply semi-permanent eyelash extensions with a proprietary, patented process to the clients’ own lashes, replicating the curve and size of natural lashes. The concept began franchising in 2013 and to date has 155 open studios and 295 sold in 28 states and in January 2017 began franchising internationally.
The concept began franchising in 2013 and to date has 155 open studios and 295 sold in 28 states and in January 2017 began franchising internationally.
Beauty Changes Lives Foundation: Susan Miller, email@example.com / 765-620-2007
Amazing Lash Studio Franchise: Barbara Carrera Holland, firstname.lastname@example.org / 602-404-7561
Leading non-medical home care franchise honored by 1851 Franchise with Franchise Development Website Award
The franchise industry publication, 1851 Franchise, recognized FirstLight Home Care, a leading national provider of non-medical home care, with a Franchise Development Website Award.
More than 200 franchise brand websites were evaluated by industry experts. Seventy-five were recognized as best-in-class, with FirstLight being ranked at No. 48.
“We see our franchise development website as an integral part of our franchise sales efforts,” said Jeff Bevis, CEO of FirstLight Home Care. “In an age where there is so much irrelevant information out there, we want to make it easy for potential franchise owners to do research about FirstLight online, and to find answers to pertinent questions before investing in the business. It is also important for us to highlight our existing franchisees as well as their experience and satisfaction with FirstLight as a brand.”
The 2017 Franchise Development Website Awards were judged based on a ten-point scale. The design of each website was at the forefront of the evaluation, with sites being judged on content, ease of use, user experience, site performance, and search engine optimization, among other things. Each category was evaluated by a panel of 12 judges, with the rankings based on the composite average of the scores.
Other prestigious awards that FirstLight recently received include a ranking on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list for the third year in a row, a ranking on Entrepreneur’s 2017 Franchise 500 list, and various Franchise Business Review rankings which include Top Low-Cost Franchise, Top Franchise for Veterans, and Top Franchise for Women.
Complete results of the 2017 Franchise Development Website Awards can be found at http://bit.ly/1851WebsiteAwards.
For more information about FirstLight Home Care’s franchise opportunities, visit www.firstlightfranchise.com.
About FirstLight Home Care
FirstLight Home Care is a top rated non-medical home care provider with a network of offices that provides 85,000 hours per week in care for more than 2,700 clients in over 33 states. The company has created a new standard in home care by combining best practices with innovative approaches to make them an emerging market leader in a rapidly-growing industry. Companion and personal care services can be provided at private residences, assisted living and retirement communities, nursing homes, adult-family homes or group homes. Clients include seniors, new mothers, individuals recovering from surgery, adults with disabilities and anyone who might just need a little extra care or assistance. Visit www.firstlighthomecare.com to learn more.
Papa Murphy’s Holdings, Inc. (“Papa Murphy’s” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:FRSH) today announced that Chief Financial Officer Mark Hutchens has been promoted to the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company, effective immediately. Mr. Hutchens will continue in his role as Chief Financial Officer until a qualified replacement is found.
Weldon Spangler, Chief Executive Officer of the Company stated, “Mark has been an integral leader in his time at Papa Murphy’s, demonstrating both financial and operational acumen and a strong affinity for the franchise business model. In addition to having a meaningful impact on the development of the Company’s long-term strategy, Mark has driven several key business initiatives over the last year that have positioned the Company for continued profitability and growth, including our first-quarter organizational realignment, recent Company-store portfolio actions and the transition of our ecommerce platform to Olo.com. The Board and I look forward to continuing to work closely with Mark and to his increasing contributions to our business and franchise-owners.”
Mark Hutchens added, “We’ve taken aggressive steps in the last several months to reduce costs while also ensuring that the right resources are focused on the support of our owner-operators. Franchisee profitability is foundational to our success and will continue to be a top priority in my new role. I am excited to have the opportunity to work more closely with our talented operators and the teams at Papa Murphy’s who support them, while continuing to lead the financial functions of the Company until a qualified successor is in place. Working together, I am confident that the Company and our franchise-owners can turn the business around and help the Papa Murphy’s brand reach its full potential for our many stakeholders.”
Mark Hutchens has served as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer since January 2014 and was promoted to Executive Vice President in June of this year. Previously, Mr. Hutchens served as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer – International, for Bloomin’ Brands, Inc., where his responsibilities included finance, business development and supply chain management activities for Outback Steakhouse International. Prior to joining Bloomin’ Brands, he held a variety of leadership positions at Office Depot, Yum! Brands, PepsiCo’s KFC subsidiary and Ford Motor Company. Mr. Hutchens received his Master of Business Administration degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
ABOUT PAPA MURPHY'S
Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. (“Papa Murphy’s” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:FRSH) is a franchisor and operator of the largest Take ‘n’ Bake pizza brand in the United States, selling fresh, hand-crafted pizzas ready for customers to bake at home. The company was founded in 1981 and currently operates more than 1,500 franchised and corporate-owned fresh pizza stores in 39 states, Canada and United Arab Emirates. Papa Murphy's core purpose is to bring all families together through food people love with a goal to create fun, convenient and fulfilling family dinners. In addition to scratch-made pizzas, the Company offers a growing menu of grab 'n' go items, including salads, sides and desserts. Order online today at www.papamurphys.com.
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David Bosley serves as Executive Vice President for OpenWorks, one of the country’s leading commercial cleaning franchises serving more than 2,500 facilities and 30 million square feet of space daily. His expertise includes corporate strategy and leadership,business development, strategic selling and operations, having spent 10 years in executive leadership roles with Fortune 200 companies that include Enterprise Leasing, AT&T and ADP. Bosley joined the OpenWorks team in June 2013 and since that time, has supported the company’s market growth with responsibilities including business development sales, operations and franchise maturity. He is a member of the Building Owners Management Association (BOMA) and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), and a graduate of the University of Denver, having earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Business Administration from the Daniels School of Business. For more information about OpenWorks, visit openworksweb.com.
Mr. Conner has spent the last decade in the franchise industry working with several hundred different franchise systems in management, franchise sales and franchise development work. His experience ranges across all fields of franchise expertise with a focus in franchise marketing and franchise sales but includes work in franchise strategic planning, franchise research and franchise operations consulting. Christopher has worked with multiple International franchise and licensed organizations throughout the United States, Middle East, India and Europe. He has an MBA in Finance and Marketing from DePaul University in Chicago and a Bachelors Degree from Miami of Ohio.
Steven L. Blue is the President & CEO of Miller Ingenuity, an innovative company revolutionizing traditional safety solutions for railway workers, and author of the new book, American Manufacturing 2.0: What Went Wrong and How to Make It Right. For more information, please visit www.SteveBlueCEO.com, www.milleringenuity.com and connect with Blue on Twitter, @SteveBlueCEO.
Martin Cross is the president of Patent Translations Inc., serving law firms and patent departments in the US and abroad, and an active corporate member of the American Translators Association. The American Translators Association represents over 10,000 translators and interpreters across 91 countries. Along with advancing the translation and interpreting professions, ATA promotes the education and development of language services providers and consumers alike. For more information on ATA or translation and interpreting professionals, please visit www.atanet.org.
Kavita G Sahai
Kavita Sahai is the CEO and Founder of Have BIGplans, LLC, which virtually, conveniently and affordably connects entrepreneurs with certified business coaches. As the first-ever text business coaching platform, Have BIGplans has revolutionized the business coaching industry by providing unparalleled dialog between certified business coaches and small business owners in the digital age.
Lei Wang is an internationally-recognized adventurer, motivational speaker and author of After the Summit: New Rules for Reaching Your Peak Potential in Your Career and Life. The first Asian woman to complete Explorers Grand Slam (climb the highest peak on each continent and ski to both poles), Lei channels her experiences to convey a message of perseverance and steadfast determination that her audiences can use at work or at home. For more information about Lei Wang, please visit www.JourneyWithLei.com.
James Ihedigbo was an undrafted Free Agent in the NFL in 2007 out of the University of Massacusetts. He is a 9 year NFL Veteran leader and Super Bowl Champion. Ihedigbo has played with the New York Jets, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens and the Detroit Lions throughout his career. James launched his own foundation, Hope Africa USA in 2009 which helps students of African Decent receive educational scholarships, college prep courses and assistance to ensure all students get the best possible help and guidance along their college journey. Ihedigbo has attend the NFL Broadcast Boot camp and has been active in the media across the country giving his NFL insight to the game on and off the field. James’ focus is teaching and educating others about leadership, teamwork and how to be successful in not only the workplace but in life overall. James is married to Brittany and has a daughter, Grace, they reside in Houston, Texas.