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IHOP names its Franchisees of the Year

IHOP recently held its Annual Franchise Conference in Marco Island, Florida, which attracted franchisees from more than 1,500 restaurants. During the event Mike Ruben, owner and operator of 18 IHOPs throughout Illinois and Indiana, was named as its U.S. Franchisee of the Year and Ed Jeske, who owns and operates 13 IHOPs throughout British Columbia, Canada, as International Franchisee of the Year.

According to the information provided, IHOP president Jean Birch led the three-day event which brought together franchisees, vendors and executives to participate and share ideas as well as best practices through break-out sessions. Main stage presentations focused on 2012 marketing initiatives, restaurant operations and sports analyst Herm Edwards motivated the group through his keynote and inspired them to take a fresh look as together the group created a "Plan for Success."

"Our talented group of franchisees keeps us in position as the leader in family dining even in tough times," said Jean Birch, IHOP President. "They create the IHOP experience our guests have come to know and love, and it's also our franchisees who offer the value our diners count on. For those reasons and more, we love to celebrate and honor our franchisees."

IHOP is family restaurant chain serving pancakes and a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner items. As of June 30, 2011, there were 1,522 IHOPs in 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. (kbp)

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