As a representative of the Sushi Itto restaurant chain, Omar Yunes recently won the title “Best Franchisee of the World.” He currently owns 13 restaurants in this Japanese food chain located in Mexico City, Puebla, and Veracruz. These 13 locations manage a total of 400 employees. The BFW had a number of contenders, with 34 franchises from throughout Mexico competing for the prize. In consideration of the recipient the judges looked at things like their influence on the network as a whole, their contributions of knowledge, their savings, motivations of employees, and their proposed improvements to the franchise.
Benjamin Cancelmo, the CEO of Sushi Itto, says that he and the company as a whole heartily congratulate and are extremely proud of Yunes award on behalf of the franchise. They see this as a sign that the franchise as a whole is finding true success. Yunes is not the only restaurateur to win a prize for excellence. This is something that has been occurring more and more often in recent years. Those in the know say that Yunes may be the most deserving, having played a key role in the chain’s improvement. Under his ownership, the chain has achieved better management and leadership.
The Best Franchisee of the World Award has chapters and awards in many other countries throughout the world, but this was its first time have a ceremony for Mexico. Yunes competed with nine other finalists. Ivan Tamer won second place as a franchisee of Prendamex. The finalists had already competed and won a bunch of different rounds leading up to the world final in Florence, Italy. Each franchisee competitor must prepare and present a case before the judges. Yunes winning case was called “The Professionalization of the Role of the Franchisee.” Ivars second place case was called “Implementation of the Alternative System for the Control and Sale of Articles.”