Jeff Labanovich (centre) receives the award for CARSTAR Franchisee of the Year at the 1NE CARSTAR Conference. The award was presented by Dean Fisher, Chief Operations Officer (left) and Michael Macaluso, President of CARSTAR.
By James Kerr
 
Charlotte, North Carolina -- August 24, 2017 -- More than 1,000 CARSTAR franchisees and industry partners watched as CARSTAR North America handed out its Canadian and US awards together at its 1NE CARSTAR conference, currently underway in Charlotte, North Carolina. Three Canadian stores were honoured for their achievements.  
 
The awards were presented by Michael Macaluso, President of CARSTAR North America, and Dean Fisher, Chief Operations Officer, CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts. 
 
Franchisee of the Year
 
Jeff Labanovich of CARSTAR Oshawa Drake Street in Oshawa, Ontario, has been selected as CARSTAR North America’s Franchisee of the Year. The recipient of this award is chosen based on high performance, commitment to CARSTAR’s EDGE Performance program, promotion of the CARSTAR brand, and timeliness in handing in reports. 
 
According to CARSTAR, Lanabovich is engaged in his local community and in the brand community as the Chair of the CARSTAR Canada advisory board. He has an excellent brand presence in the marketplace, and has delivered double-digit growth over the past several years.
 
Rookie of the Year
 
This award is given to a first-year CARSTAR franchisee who has just gotten "up and running" with the company. To be eligible, the franchisee must have completed immersion training and embraced CARSTAR culture. This year’s award goes to Ron and Mandy Alberts of CARSTAR St. Stephen in New Brunswick. According to CARSTAR, the Alberts have a “best-in-class” location, and they are recognized as involved community members, progressive thinkers and true ambassadors of the CARSTAR brand.
 
 Ron and Mandy Alberts of CARSTAR St. Stephen in New Brunswick have received the Rookie of the Year Award.  

Ron and Mandy Alberts of CARSTAR St. Stephen in New Brunswick have received
the Rookie of the Year Award.

 
 
 
The Next Generation Award
 
Joe and Paul Saputo, owners of CARSTAR Ancaster, have received the Next Generation Award for 2017. Joe and Paul inherited the business from their parents, who were among the first CARSTAR franchisees in Canada. Since then they have opened a CARSTAR Express location and grown sales by 25 percent.
 
The Next Generation Award honours a second or third generation CARSTAR owner who excels at leading the family business and participates in certain CARSTAR programs such as the EDGE Performance platform.
 
 
Joe and Paul Saputo, owners of CARSTAR Ancaster and CARSTAR Ancaster Express. The brothers have received the 2017 Next Generation Award.  
Joe and Paul Saputo, owners of CARSTAR Ancaster and CARSTAR Ancaster
Express. The brothers have received the 2017 Next Generation Award.
 
 
Further awards will be presented over the course of the conference and Collision Repair magazine will be here to report live on the winners. Follow us on Twitter at @collisionmag where we'll be bringing you everything #1NE CARSTAR.

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