The leading family dining chain, Denny’s,
announced the winners of the company's 2006 Operator of the Year
awards today. The awards were presented at Denny's tenth Franchisee
Association convention held Nov. 6-9 in Maui, Hawaii. Franchisees
who received the prestigious Operator of the Year
award were: Roland and Margaret Marti, owners of
Lamarti's, Inc. of Lamar, Mo.; Shashi and Veena Kamboj, owners of
AmVEE Corporation of Bakersfield, Calif.; and Syed Ahmad of
Portland, Oregon, owner of Dallas-based Continental Foods, Inc.
Restaurants owned and operated by the three franchises scored
highest among the chain's 1,034 franchised family-style restaurants
based on their commitment to guest satisfaction , food safety, and
building the Denny's brand. 'We know strong operators run
successful businesses and congratulate everyone associated with the
Lamarti's, AmVEE and Continental Foods organizations who have
worked so hard to meet and satisfy Denny's guests and exceed our
high standards for quality,' said Nelson Marchioli, Denny's chief
executive officer and president. Denny's Lamar, Mo., is a
family-owned and operated franchise by Roland and Margaret Marti.
Ten years ago, the Martis were looking to franchise a family
restaurant adjacent to their 24-hour truck stop/convenience store.
The Martis opened the Denny's in Lamar on February 2, 1997 and have
been successfully operating ever since. In the town of Lamar, where
the population is a little over 4,000 people, the Martis are
familiar faces among the residents of their community. The
Lamarti's Denny's is a consistent winner of the prestigious Four
Diamond Award for dining, an honor that helps them maintain strong
sales growth year to year. AmVEE franchise group is led by the
husband and wife team of Shashi and Veena Kamboj, who own and
operate five Denny's restaurants, located throughout Bakersfield. A
collaborative team environment and a strong sense of family in
their business has contributed successfully to low employee
turnover, strong sales growth and consistently high evaluations for
hospitality, quality execution and food safety. Continental Foods
owner Syed Ahmad is looking forward to continued growth in the
Dallas and Fort Worth areas with the addition of one new Denny's
restaurant in 2007 to his already impressive 13 store group. Mr.
Ahmad also has preliminary plans for two more stores in the works.
A consistent high achiever in customer satisfaction and quality,
Ahmad's restaurants routinely win the Four Diamond Award for
exceeding operating standards. Mr. Ahmad has built his successful
Denny's franchise based on a commitment to customer satisfaction
through vigorous employee training. Three of the franchise's
restaurants are recognized as certified training units, allowing
Continental's employees continued opportunities for recognition,
growth and advancement within the company.