Nov. 2 2020 07:02 AM

The company announced the winners during its first-ever virtual reunion.

The Grounds Guys, a Neighborly company based in Waco, Texas, named three companies as the network’s top performers for 2019 during the organization’s first virtual reunion.

The Franchisee of the Year award was given to Ben and Stephanie Schoot, owners of The Grounds Guys of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This award is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a franchise owner, presented by The Grounds Guys, to the owner who has consistently grown through proper training and management of their organization with a consistently high level of sales through quality and professional service.

Rookie of the Year went to Matthew and Aleah White, owners of The Grounds Guys of Gulf Breeze, Florida. This award is presented to the franchise owner who has demonstrated outstanding performance in sales and building their organizations in their first 12 months. Only franchise owners in the system for less than 18 months are eligible.

The President’s Award went to Travis Hicks and Travis Reed, owners of The Grounds Guys of League City, Texas. This award is presented to the franchise owner who demonstrates outstanding performance, leadership and engagement with a proactive contribution to the brand. This recognition is specifically from the brand president of The Grounds Guys.

“Neighborly’s annual reunion may have looked a bit different this year, but the pride we all have to be a part of the world’s largest family of home service brands was shining as bright as ever,” says Josh Sevick, president of The Grounds Guys. “Despite the unique challenges of 2020, our franchise owners have risen to the occasion to help make this a year of success and growth for our united team. It was an honor to celebrate these outstanding Grounds Guys owners who represented the very best of what our franchise network had to offer this year.”

As of the close of September 2020, the brand has awarded 31 new franchise agreements, including a record-setting third quarter with 13 new agreements, and opened 28 new franchise locations just since January.