LAKE HAVASU, Ariz. (April 4, 2001)—Big O dealer Ken Little of Lake Havasu, Ariz., was honored as the ``franchisee of the year´´ by the International Franchise Association at the group´s annual convention at Las Vegas during March.
Mr. Little was among just 24 award recipients selected by the Washington-based organization from among 800 nominees representing a wide variety of franchising catagories.
"Ken is truly an example of what franchising is all about,´" said David Boeke, Big O Tires´ vice president of franchise development. "He has utilized our programs and our systems to become extremely successful. We are proud to have him as our customer."
A Big O dealer since July 1976, Mr. Little has been a partner in or the owner of six stores in Southern California. Currently, he owns the Lake Havasu Big O outlet.
During his years with the Big O organization, Mr. Little has served in various capacities; he was chairman of the Southern California Big O group for 13 years, and more recently was the Arizona group´s chairman.
Roy Gunnell, vice president of Big O´s Arizona region, nominated Mr. Little, noting that he is a very loyal supporter of his dealer group, traveling over 500 miles to attend dealer meetings.
"Ken is a great contributor to the Big O Tires organization and to the entire industry," Mr. Gunnell said.