Snap-on Gala Evening Celebrates Franchise Success


Snap-on Tools Australia and New Zealand’s annual gala dinner recognised the huge success achieved by Snap-on franchisees throughout 2016, with an increasing number of franchisees joining the million dollar club, demonstrating the Snap-on franchise potential to those wanting to pursue a new career path to financial freedom.

The red carpet, black tie gala and awards dinner was held at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney on Wednesday January 4th as part of the Annual Franchisee Conference, a once a year opportunity for the Snap-on network to come together, celebrate success, share business strategies and learn more about the extensive Snap-on range and product programmes.

“Not only does the Snap-on Gala evening acknowledge strong franchise performance, but with an expanding number of high performing franchisees, it is a clear showcase of the strength of the Snap-on business model,” said Stacey Gilbert, Snap-on National Franchise Manager.

Using a unique scoring system that measures all aspects of the franchisee’s business, Michael Phillips from the A.C.T was recognised as the Snap-on National Franchisee of the Year. Michael, who has been in the business for over 15 years, won an antique gold MG725 Impact Wrench for his business performance. 

“It’s awesome and unexpected and certainly the largest award I’ve ever received. I feel proud that Snap-on has recognised my efforts and I want to thank them for their on-going support. It’s great to be part of the Snap-on family,” said Phillips. 

Proving that success can be achieved quickly under Snap-on’s unique franchise program, Rhys Cavanagh (NSW) joined the million dollar club and also received the New Franchisee of the Year award, adding a gold Snap-on wrench to his own collection of tools for his impressive results over 2016.

For the first time, it was a father and son team that took out the Number 1 Business Unit Award, with Norm and Justin Child (QLD) sharing their success together on the evening.

In a world where vehicles increase in technological complexity, the Master of Diagnostics award was given to Tim Tredrea (NSW) for his expertise in the field, while Michael Carew (QLD) was awarded the Master of Metal for his achievements in tool storage.

The Snap-on regional winners were Roger Wolf – NZ, Michael Carew – QLD, Don Nicholl – SA/NT, Michael Holmes – VIC/TAS, Michael Phillips – NSW and Chris Edwards – WA, all receiving a gold wrench for their efforts.

After the awards ceremony and formal proceedings, the Snap-on network were treated to music from rock legend Mark Seymour and a memorable evening was enjoyed by all.

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