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Freedom Boat Club holds national conference

Freedom Boat Club recognized its top performing franchises from the company’s 170 locations during its Franchise Conference Awards Ceremony in Sarasota, Fla., on November 26. Franchise of the Year went to Matt Carrick and Matt O’Connor, owners of the Boston and Cape Cod, Mass., outlets. Matt Paolo, also with the two Massachusetts-based locations, won Membership Executive of the Year.

The Bay State locations were also named among the top five franchises in the Pacesetter Club Award that is given to the outlets reporting the greatest growth in the last year. The other four were franchises in Jacksonville and St. Augustine, the Tampa Bay location, the Seattle franchise and the Tacoma club.

“We are so proud of all our franchise owners who have worked hard to grow their business and add to our Freedom Boat Club family,” John Giglio, Freedom Boat Club president, said in a statement. “We have had another phenomenal year and have continued to grow out franchise locations to offer even more options for our members.”

Franchise of the Year award winners Matt Carrick, Matt O’Connor and Matt Paolo of Boston/Cape Cod, with Freedom Boat Club President and CEO John Giglio.

Franchise of the Year award winners Matt Carrick, Matt O’Connor and Matt Paolo of Boston/Cape Cod, with Freedom Boat Club President and CEO John Giglio.

The Pacesetter Club Award also honors franchises that have seen at least 50 percent growth in the past year. FBC Connecticut, FBC Western Michigan, the Lake St. Clair, Mich., location, FBC Michiana, the Fort Pierce, Fla., franchise, the Mineral and Woodbridge, Va., outlet, FBC Chicago and locations in Lake Norman, Lake Wylie, Cornelius and Mt. Holly, N.C., all were recognized for the achievement.

Rookie of the Year went to Steve Arnold, who owns the franchises in Naples and Yarmouth, Maine. Bobby Parker of the Daytona Beach, Fla., location won Guardian of Reciprocity. The Territory Expansion Award went to Glenn Bergoffen of FBC Tampa Bay. Bergoffen and his franchise COO, Lisa Reho, were named the club’s National Charity Marketing Superstar for raising more than $50,000 for numerous charities including Rise Tampa Bay, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Florida Ice Hockey Athletics and the American Cancer Society.

The National Charity Marketing Partners honor recognized 21 franchises that raised more than $175,000 for charities through the Freedom Gives Initiative.



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