Cincinnati-Based GNC Franchisees Sarah and Bruce Seidel Win Prestigious IFA Franchise of the Year Award
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PITTSBURGH, Feb. 19, 2024 ~ GNC Franchisees Receive Prestigious Award for Third Consecutive Year

The International Franchise Association (IFA) has announced the winners of its annual Franchisee of the Year Award, and this year's recipients in the "Health and Wellness" category are none other than Sarah and Bruce Seidel, owners of 13 GNC franchise locations. This marks an unprecedented third consecutive win for GNC franchisees, highlighting the company's commitment to excellence and community wellness.

John Schroeder, Vice President of Franchise Operations at GNC, expressed his excitement for the Seidels' achievement, stating, "We could not be happier for the Seidels and are incredibly proud of all they have accomplished with GNC. The Seidels exemplify what great ownership looks like. They have shown incredible ability to foster growth, community spirit, and a supportive culture. They are incredibly deserving of this award, and we are so grateful that they represent our mission of helping the nation Live Well."

The Seidels have been part of the GNC family for nearly three decades and are recognized for their exceptional dedication and embodiment of GNC's values. Their journey with GNC began with three stores and has since flourished into a thriving network of 13 locations across the greater Cincinnati area and within Kentucky. Beyond business success, Bruce and Sarah Seidel have also demonstrated a deep investment in their staff, customers, and community. Under their leadership, these stores have not only delivered an unparalleled customer experience but have also fostered a strong team culture.

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Sarah Seidel shared her thoughts on their success, saying "It has been incredibly rewarding to work with our dedicated team, some of whom have been with us for over 15 years. Being able to give back to our community, whether helping them achieve their health goals or helping our neighbors gain valuable career opportunities, has been the icing on the cake."

When asked about their secret to success, Mrs. Seidel explained, "we have heard horror stories from our team about past work experiences, and we try to do everything we can to give our team the respect they deserve. We give our managers the ability to make decisions, allowing them to take the lead in their stores and really make it theirs."

The Seidels' commitment to community engagement, staff empowerment, and customer well-being perfectly exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit championed by GNC's founder, David B. Shakarian. Their innovative approach and passion for health and wellness not only enrich their community but also pave the way for future generations within their organization.

Bruce Seidel shared his belief that everyone should own their own business, stating "It's hard work, and sometimes it feels like you have no days off but having ownership also affords you the ability to control your future. Franchising with GNC has provided our family flexibility, meaning we still have our family time and don't miss the big moments while still setting us up for success in the future."

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The Seidels believe that the GNC brand symbolizes trust and resonates strongly with their customer base. That focus on trust, along with Mrs. Seidel's emphasis on the importance of the human element, are what truly sets their business apart.

Matthew Haller, President and CEO of the International Franchise Association, praised the Seidels' achievement, stating "Franchisees of the Year exemplify what franchising is all about – providing opportunity, serving others, and fulfilling the American Dream. We are proud to recognize Sarah and Bruce with the highest honor IFA awards to individual franchisees, and I have no doubt their work is changing lives and making a lasting community impact."

This marks the third year in a row that a GNC franchisee has been recognized as the best in the industry by IFA. Previous winners include Laura and Carter Dalton in 2022 and Mona and Ash Bailey in 2023.

As we celebrate the Seidels' remarkable achievement, GNC invites aspiring entrepreneurs to explore the rewarding journey of franchising with a trusted leader in the health and wellness industry. Learn more about the path to ownership at GNC Franchising, and contact us to embark on your path to creating a lasting impact for your family and in your community.
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