Home Helpers announces its 2008 franchisee award winners
Home Helpers is extremely proud of its franchise owners and their exceptional accomplishments. Their commitment
and dedication make it possible for us to offer an unsurpassed level of non-medical personal care that allows our
clients to maintain greater independence and dignity in the place they call home. We would especially like to
congratulate the following franchise owners who were recently honored at our national conference for their
outstanding efforts and passion.
Shooting Star Award Winner - Janet Dean from Peebles, Ohio
Janet’s business was ranked #59 in Home Helpers sales in 2006. Over the past year, her ranking has skyrocketed to
an even more impressive #9. Janet has achieved this success by consistently growing all aspects of her business
through exceptional operations efficiencies, client satisfaction responses, successful local marketing and exceptional
Spirit of Home Helpers Award - Sharon Gabrukiewicz, from Redding, California and Julie Sullivan, from
Sharon and Julie are both energetic and enthusiastic women who operate highly successful businesses, while always
maintaining a reputation of integrity and reliability. In addition to their business success, these franchisees
continually give back to the Home Helpers community by generously sharing their time, talent and best practices.
Rookie of the Year Award - Pablo Martinez from Santa Barbara, California
Pablo talks fast, thinks fast and multi-tasks all the time. It’s rare to have a conversation that is not interrupted by
another call or one of his staff asking a question. Since obtaining his first client in October of last year, he has
increased monthly sales by more than 6,000 percent!
People’s Choice Award - Lisa and Patrick Attardo from Encinitas, California
Lisa and Patrick were nominated by their peers for making exceptional contributions to the Home Helpers franchise
community, as well as developing a successful business that unselfishly mentors others. This couple has been
sharing their best practices for many years. In fact, they recently traveled 50 miles to provide Direct Link services to
the client of a neighboring Home Helpers franchise that does not offer this service.
Pioneer Award - Adam Brown, Tom Carroll, Ralph Digneo, Frank Esterle,
Peg and Ron Galipeau, Tom
Krupp, Greg Scheck and John Squires, all from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This award goes to a group of franchisees that channeled their creative thinking and pooled their monetary forces to
come up with an innovative way to grow their Home Helpers and Direct Link businesses. Their successful efforts
allowed them to create a successful advertising/marketing coop that resulted in many opportunities that would not
have been an option for a single business owner.
Caregiver of the Year Award - Patricia Johnson from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Patti is an outstanding employee and caregiver. In particular, her clients praise her for showing them kindness,
understanding and leadership. Having worked in the care giving profession for 27 years, Patti brings a wealth of
experience and compassion to her clients.
Marketing Excellence Award - Trini and Jamie Hulings from Rio Hondo, Texas
Trini and Jamie are an aunt/niece team who opened their doors in August of 2006. Since that time, they have grown
their business by almost 300 percent by creatively and effectively executing a successful marketing plan. Trini and
Jamie credit their success to being actively involved in the community and using various local media options to
spread the word about their business.
Direct Link Presidents Award - Nancy Petersen and Carrie Lundy from Kansas City, Missouri
Nancy and Carrie have consistently and passionately shown dedication to their Direct Link business and clients. In
the past six months alone, they signed up 65 new clients. Additionally, they have also given their time to train new
Direct Link franchisees.
HH Presidents Award - Mike and Mary Doepke from Western Springs, Illinois
Mike and Mary Doepke, a husband/wife team, have consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to their own
franchise, as well as a commitment to the entire Home Helpers and Direct Link franchise community. They are
always looking for ways to improve our systems and are never too busy to lend a helping hand to a fellow
ABOUT HOME HELPERS:
Home Helpers is committed to making life easier for its clients by providing an unsurpassed level of non-medical
and personal care. Established in 1997, Home Helpers was ranked the #1 Senior Care Franchise in 2006, 2007 and
2008 and “Best of the Best” by Entrepreneur magazine and “Top 10 Franchise” by Inc. based on information
including size, growth and franchisee support. Home Helpers franchises are independently owned and operated in
more than 500 markets across North America. Home Helpers is affiliated with Direct Link® In-home Emergency
Monitoring. Home Helpers was founded and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.