National Company Awards San Angelo Business “Franchise of the Year’
Just Between Friends Event Receives Prestigious AwardLocal Mompreneur helps thousands of families save & earn money at her popular consignment event San Angelo, Texas – North America’s Leading Children’s and Maternity Consignment Sales franchise system, Just Between Friends, has chosen San Angelo business owner Sandy Jameson as ‘Franchise of the Year’. Jameson owns and operates the successful Just Between Friends (JBF) event that happens twice a year. For more than nine years, Jameson has helped thousands of families throughout San Angelo save money and earn money on items for their children and families. At Just Between Friends events (JBF), local families sign up as consignors and sell the new and gently used children’s items their families have outgrown. They can earn between 60% and 70% of the sale price and literally turn “clutter into cash”. Families also shop at the JBF events and typically save 50 to 90% on items for their children: clothing, toys, baby equipment, furniture and much more. The independent judges that chose the San Angelo franchise said key deciding factors included Jameson’s strong customer service and her attention to how the sale looks and feels. They praised her for creating an elite JBF team and her ability to foster a strong community of JBF enthusiasts. These strategies have paid off as the San Angelo sale has grown consistently each year. The judges were also impressed at how one of Jameson’s top team members was her father Ron Saldano. Sadly, he passed away this year, leaving a big hole in the event. Saldano would always welcome the shoppers, consignors and JBF team members with a big smile. To honor him, the JBF team wore commemorative t-shirts with “Pops Crew” across the back in memory of this beloved team member, “Sandy Jameson is a leader in JBF. She has shown that customer service and consistent excellence will lead to success. I am thrilled that the judges recognized her achievements both as a small business owner but also for giving back to the community of San Angelo,” explained Just Between Friends CEO and Co-founder Shannon Wilburn. Jameson and her events also support Rust Street Ministries by donating the admission fee as well as any unsold items. In 2014, JBF of San Angelo donated $2400 to the charity. Jameson is also a leader within the Just Between Friends Franchise System. She has worked as a trainer, a smart group leader and served on the CPC. She also received the award for largest increase in sales her first year and won JBF’s “Super Nova” award twice. JBF-San Angelo is planning its spring event April 6 – 9 at the Coliseum on The Fairgrounds. For more information or to schedule an interview with Sandy Jameson or with JBF Co-founder and CEO Shannon Wilburn, contact Diane White at 918-770-3905 or DianeWhite@jbfsale.com We can also provide photos and video. About Just Between Friends In 1997, Just Between Friends was created in a living room in Tulsa, Oklahoma when Shannon Wilburn, a mother of two young children, and her friend Daven Tackett hosted a sale with 17 friends as consignors and had gross sales of $2000. In 2015, that same sale hosted two events and grossed nearly 1 million dollars. The sales caught on with families and grew, so in 2003, they formed Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc. Wilburn is now sole owner and CEO of Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc., which has 153 franchises in 29 states and one in Canada. System wide sales in 2015 topped 27 million and they expect to top 30 million in 2016. In June 2015, Forbes Magazine named Just Between Friends one of the top five franchises in the United States, up from #10 in 2014. JBF was also named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 500 Franchises in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2012, Just Between Friends was one of only 75 companies to receive the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Ribbon Award. Just Between Friends Franchise Systems Inc. also received a “Franchisee Satisfaction Award” and was named in the Top 50 franchises by “Franchise Business Review” for the past 7 years. Wilburn was also named one of Oklahoma’s “50 Women Making a Difference” by Journal Record Newspapers, was awarded the Small Business Administration’s “Women in Business Champion” for Tulsa, and was part of the Tulsa Business Journal’s 40 under 40. JBF has been featured on numerous national television shows including The Today Show, Good Morning America, Real Biz with Rebecca Jarvis, Fox News , CBS Early Show, ABC News, CNN , Headline News, Inside Edition and CNBC’s The Big Idea. They have also been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Inc.com as well as many top markets including New York City, Seattle, Denver, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco and Philadelphia and on popular websites Huffington Post, www.yahoo.com, www.sheknows.com and Disney website www.family.com.