National Consignment Franchise Celebrates Award-Winning Year Just Between Friends Franchise Honors more than 50 Franchises with Top Awards at National Conference in January
Tulsa, Okla. – It’s been an award-winning year for Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc. North America’s leading children’s and maternity consignment sales event. More than 50 franchisees received awards at the annual conference in January 2018.
“I am proud and honored to have these talented men and women as part of the JBF system and thrilled to be able to recognize them for their achievements. They all give back so much to their communities as well helping people save money and make money at our events,” explained Shannon Wilburn, CEO and Co-Founder of Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc.
Several teams of independent judges and leadership within Just Between Friends helped select the award winners in several categories.
Franchise of the Year 2018 – Jennifer & Matt Hundley, North Bay, California
A team of independent judges chooses the Franchise of the Year recipient based on a variety of factors including growth, resourcefulness, innovation, commitment to community.
Bright Star Award: Melanie Salamone & Melissa Cook, Kalamazoo & Grand Rapids, Michigan
This award is presented to a franchise that introduces an innovative idea to the company. This year, Melanie and Melissa helped bring Deluxe eChecks to Just Between Friends, saving franchisees much time and expense.
Rising Star Award: Courtney Evans, Marysville and Seattle East, Washington
The Rising Star Award is presented to a newer franchisee whom Just Between Friends believes has a strong future with JBF and will rise quickly. Courtney Evans has shown a tremendous amount of initiative paired with an unstoppable positive attitude.
Supernova Award: Eileen Cordero, Middletown, Delaware
The Conference Planning Committee gives the Supernova Award to a franchisee who goes above and beyond to help out other franchisee, serving as a great cheerleader and supporter of the company. Eileen has been recognized for sharing ideas, showing support, and encouraging others through enthusiasm for her fellow JFB franchisees.
Community Impact Award – Jennifer & Matt Hundley, North Bay, California
Another team of independent judges chooses this winner based on the impact they have on helping their community with their charity partner or partners. The Hundleys served numerous families by giving away much-needed clothing and baby during the recent California wildfires.
Franchise Sales Awards
Largest First Spring Sale: Yolanda Price, Nashville, Tennessee
Largest First Fall Sale: Kate Horowitz & Kelly Hardy, Eastern Mainline, Pennsylvania
Largest Percentage Increase from 2016 to 2017: Marissa Clark, Des Moines, Iowa
Top Ten Sales Overall
10. Laura Staggs – Colorado Springs, Colorado
9. Stacy Ervin – Chattanooga, Tennessee
8. Amber Post – Lee’s Summit, Missouri
7. Melinda Herbert & Melissa Monsoor – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
6. Kate Horowitz & Kelly Hardy — Eastern Mainline, Pennsylvania
5. Daven & Paul Tackett – Tulsa, Oklahoma
4. Kathy Winslow – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
3. Allison Stephens – Tacoma, Washington
2. Tracy Panase – Reading, Pennsylvania
1. Tracy Panase – Western Main Line (Philadelphia), Pennsylvania
Million Dollar Club
Franchisees who topped a million in gross sales become part of the million-dollar club. All three members own more than one franchise.
• Tracy Panase – Four franchises in Pennsylvania
• Laura Staggs – Four franchises in Colorado
• Kathy Winslow – Three franchises in Oklahoma
In addition, 57 franchises are “Top Achievers” for 2017, meeting sales criteria of at least $100,000 in gross sales for at least one event.
“The best part about our franchisees growing sales is that means we are helping more families in their communities by giving them a way to earn extra cash and save money to help them make the most of their budgets—all in a super fun, safe environment,” added Wilburn.
For more information or to set up an interview, contact Diane White, DianeWhite@JBFSale.com or by calling 918-770-3905.
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. 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 more than 150 franchises in 30 states. System-wide sales in 2017 were almost 30 million dollars. Forbes Magazine named Just Between Friends one of the top ten franchises in the United States in the under $150,000 investment category for three straight years. JBF was also named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 500 Franchises for the six years. 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 ten years. JBF has been featured on numerous national television shows including The Today Show, Good Morning America, Real Biz with Rebecca Jarvis, CBS Early Show, Fox News, ABC News, CNN, Headline News, Inside Edition and CNBC’s The Big Idea. They have also been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNBC.com, Inc.com as well as in many top markets including Seattle, Minneapolis, Denver, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco and Philadelphia and on popular websites www.yahoo.com, www.sheknows.com and Disney website www.family.com.