Wilmington Business Owner and Military Veteran Recognized as a Franchise Rock Star by Franchise Business Review

Mike Hanlon, owner of Dream Vacations – Ocean Dreams Travel, one of 81 franchise owners honored for franchise and community leadership by independent research firm

Wilmington, N.C. (August 5, 2020)Franchise Business Review, an independent market research firm that benchmarks franchisee satisfaction, has announced the annual list of Franchise Rock Stars for 2020. Mike Hanlon, franchise owner of Dream Vacations – Ocean Dreams Travel in Wilmington, was one of 81 franchise owners nationwide who was recognized.

Each year, Franchise Business Review honors franchise owners who set exceptional examples of achieving success within the franchise model. This year’s Franchise Rock Stars were selected from over 28,000 franchisees, representing more than 300 brands that participated in Franchise Business Review’s research in the past 18 months.

“My travel agency franchise has afforded me the opportunity to travel the world with my family, make dream vacations become reality and inspire others to pursue a career in travel,” said Hanlon. “I am so honored to win this award and be recognized not only for my business accomplishments these past five years, but also for my dedication to continue giving back to active service members and veterans alike.”

The Franchise Rock Stars recognized were nominated by their franchise brand leadership in one of eight categories as franchisees who set admirable examples when it comes to leadership, business acumen, financial and professional success, and contributing to their community. Categories included: Giving Back, Women, Millennials, Veterans, Family-Owned, “Freshmen”, Top-Performers, and Multi-Unit Owners.

An Army veteran, Hanlon won in the Veterans category. He served in the Armed Forces for 26 years and is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Hanlon not only educates his former Command about the benefits of using a travel agent, he also advocates for franchise ownership among veterans through his role on Dream Vacations’ national Certified Spokesperson Team. In 2019, Hanlon was recognized as Dream Vacations’ Ambassador of Veteran Affairs, an award which honors a former member of the Armed Forces who represents the interests of military veterans and is dedicated to their advancement as travel agents.

Franchise Business Review, the leading research firm serving the franchise sector, provides ratings of franchise opportunities based solely on survey research that measures franchisee satisfaction and performance. Franchise Business Review publishes rankings of the top franchises in its annual Guide to Today’s Top Franchises, as well as guides throughout the year ranking the top franchises in specific sectors.

“There are so many success stories out there and thousands of inspiring franchise owners who are living their dreams of business ownership that it was incredibly difficult to narrow down the list,” said Eric Stites, CEO of Franchise Business Review. “In the end, we chose individuals who are exceptional examples of achieving success through the franchise model and exemplify a strong work ethic and a real commitment to their business and community. We are thrilled to recognize these individuals as Franchise Rock Stars.”

As part of World Travel Holdings, one of the nation’s top travel retail networks, Dream Vacations offers consumers the lowest possible pricing on cruise and land vacations through its relationships with every major cruise line and many tour operators.

For more information or to book a dream vacation with Hanlon, please call (910) 833-1022 or visit www.OceanDreamsTravel.com.

 

About Dream Vacations

Travel agents with the top-ranked home-based travel agency franchise Dream Vacations have the resources to plan and create seamless vacation experiences for their customers while offering the best value. A member of the International Franchise Association, Dream Vacations is part of World Travel Holdings and has received partner of the year, a top-ranking status, by all the major cruise lines as well as national recognition for its support of military veterans.

 

 

About Franchise Business Review

Franchise Business Review (FBR) is a leading market research firm serving the franchise sector. FBR measures satisfaction and engagement of franchisees and publishes various guides and reports for entrepreneurs considering an investment in a franchise business. Since 2005, FBR has surveyed hundreds of thousands of franchise owners and over 1,100 leading franchise companies. FBR publishes free and unbiased franchisee satisfaction research reports throughout the year online at http://www.FranchiseBusinessReview.com. To read our publications, visit https://franchisebusinessreview.com/page/publications/.

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