In 2015, Mexico decided to host a competition called Best Franchiseee of the World. This regional event mimicked an international one that is held on an annual basis. The regional event took place as a way for Mexican business leaders to decide upon two representatives to represent the country at the real international event. The top two winners were Omar Yunes and Ivan Tamer. These two individuals stood out as franchisees and that can be seen in the success of their individual franchises.
A franchisee is someone who decides to buy and take ownership of a single franchise. The real international best franchisee of the world competition took place in Florence, Italy and business leaders from over 34 different countries were in attendance. They came from places like Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, and even Mexico. Judges of the event look for leaders who can motivate employees, implement savings programs, and pour their own knowledge and unique personalities into the company. Both Ivan Tamer and Omar Yunes were able to do this.
Omar Yunes is currently the Franchisee of Sushi Itto. He has been the leader of the Japanese style restaurant since he was 21 years old. Since taking over, Omar Yunes has successfully expanded the company into an addition 13 units, which he manages. His employee count is up to 400 member workforce and the workers seem happy to be employed under Yunes. The main characteristic judges first noticed about Omar Yunes and Sushi Itto, was the unconventional relationship he formed with Sushi Itto. The relationship allowed Omar Yunes to take better control of the network and have easier access to different management controls. Additionally, he was able to improve the relationship that the brand previously had with their customers. This has allowed the business to grow exponentially.
Ivan Tamer, on the other hand, is the Franchisee of Prendamex. He was recognized for the tools he created in order to implement a new marketing system. This system is now used all over Pawnshops owned by Ivan Tamer and now other business are interested in copying the same system for their own use.