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The Rose Group Named Applebee’s ‘Operator of the Year’ and ‘Franchisee of the Year’ - September 20, 2019

The Rose Group receives the Abe Gustin ‘Franchisee of the Year’ Award Beaver Creek, Colorado — The Rose Group received top honors at the 2019 Annual Applebee’s Conference. For the third time in five years, The Rose Group was awarded the exclusive ‘Operator of the Year’ and ‘Franchisee of the Year’ titles, in addition to receiving awards honoring The Rose Group’s top team members and Applebee’s locations.

The Abe Gustin ‘Franchisee of the Year’ Award was named for the man who helped build Applebee's into one of the nation's most iconic brands in casual dining. It is given to franchisees who have achieved the highest standards possible for the Applebee's brand, restaurants and guests. The Rose Group demonstrated steadfast commitment to making the brand better, unyielding integrity, commitment to people, culture and guest satisfaction and their partnership in building a great brand. Read more...

The Rose Group Receives Top Award from International Franchise Association for Charitable Service - September 12, 2019

The Rose Group receives IFA Spirit of Franchising Award

The Rose Group was the Gold winner of the “Spirit of Franchising Award” presented by the International Franchise Association (IAF). The award recognizes charitable or community support programs that embody the spirit of “giving back to his or her local community.”

The Rose Group’s award includes a $5,000 contribution by IAF to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), to which The Rose Group is a founding supporter. The Rose Group began their relationship with ALSF in 2005, with 67 restaurants participating in that year’s fundraising promotion. Based on their example, there are now over 1,100 Applebee’s restaurants nation-wide participating. This year Applebee’s locally and across the nation raised $1.5 million for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, bringing the fifteen-year total to over $11 million. Read more...

The Rose Group receives Herman Silverman Cultural Leadership Award - April, 2019

The Rose Group receives Herman Silverman Cultural Leadership Award

The Michener Art Museum celebrates the unique connections between the arts and the business sector, at the Corporate Business Partners Program Annual Reception. A special benefit of membership in the Corporate Business Partners Program (CBPP), this signature event brings together over 200 guests to celebrate the region’s leading business supporters and their outstanding commitment to the arts. The evening begins with cocktails and light refreshments, and culminates with the presentation of the 5th Annual Herman Silverman Cultural Leadership Award.

Celebrating the legacy of Museum co-founder and one of the CBPP’s earliest and most ardent advocates, Herman Silverman, the award is given “in recognition of exceptional dedication to the advancement of arts and culture at the Michener Art Museum by the Corporate Business Partners.”

The Rose Group was awarded the honor this year celebrating 12 consecutive years of sponsoring the School Visit Program that has provided free admission to more than 49,200 students.  In 2018 alone the Michener Art Museum welcomed more than 2,900 visitors through the program.  The School Visit Program pairs specially trained docents with small student groups to tour the museum and make connections between the art on display, the artists an the content being studied by the students in the classroom.  The goal is to help students grow their creativity and strengthen connections between the visual arts, science, technology, art, engineering and math, history, geography and language arts.

Applebee's® Dine Brands Conference Awards – November, 2018

Applebee's Dine Brands Conference Awards

At the annual Applebee’s Conference the Rose Group was recognized for our partnership and brand leadership.  As a respected franchisee, our Rose Group leadership team actively participates on various councils to provide leadership for the Applebee’s brand.

People Partner of the Year - Jeff Warden was acknowledged for his role as Chair of the (FPC) Franchisee People Council.  Under his leadership the council is committed to the continual development of progressive people practices.  The FPC is comprised of a small number of Franchisee HR Leaders including Paul Rockelmann, who are charged with developing strategies that will benefit the greater Applebee’s system.  The Rose Group provides leadership in various areas, whether employment onboarding or risk management, our HR team leads the Applebee’s system in these programs. 

Technology Partner of the Year - Our IT team was recognized for our Rose Group leadership.  Both Rob Fuller and Bonnie Lippincott are part of the FTC (Franchise Technology Council) providing brand leadership.  Robert Fuller is a respected leader in the IT community, providing IT guidance for the brand.  Our operations team partners with IT on numerous projects to forward brand initiatives.  This past year we provided leadership on various IT initiatives including POS updates, KDS & Menu, EMV, On Line Ordering, Applebee’s App, delivery systems, Presto pilot, BYOD (Bring your own device- currently testing in Roosevelt), etc. Thank you to Rob, John, Dave and Rob who  are continuously involved in various IT projects that will lead our team into the future.

President’s Partnership Award – Our President and CEO, Jeff Warden was recognized  by the President of Applebee’s, John Cywinski, for his thought leadership and partnership in all aspects of the business.   Jeff provides brand leadership on numerous councils- the FBC (Franchise Business Council), Chair of the FOC (Franchise Operations Council) , Chair of the FPC (Franchise People Council), FMC (Franchise Marketing Council).  It is a tremendous honor that Jeff was recognized by John and Dine Brands before our peers in the Applebee’s community for his spirited involvement and effectual impact in the resurgence of the brand in recent times. Dine Brands left no doubt that they recognize Jeff’s exceptional leadership.

Applebee's® Presents Top Honors at 2017 Fall Franchise Conference

Awards Celebrate Franchisee and Vendor Efforts in Philanthropy, Hospitality, and Sales

Applebee's Presents Top Honors at 2017 Fall Franchise Conference

The Rose Group operations team was honored three times: Castor Avenue location received the "Highest Sales Growth" award; the entire teams' efforts shined by receiving the "Highest Online Ordering Percent"; and lastly, The Rose Group was named "Neighbor of the Year".

The Lloyd Hill Neighbor of the Year Award:

This award, newly named after one of Applebee's historic leaders who fueled unparalleled growth and championed its unique culture, recognizes the Applebee's franchisee that has demonstrated an infinite amount of generosity, compassion and care for their neighbors through a variety of causes, activities and initiatives. This year's honoree was The Rose Group. The Rose Group embraces every neighborhood they serve. From hosting more than 2,100 charitable events and fulfilling more than 2,000 donation requests to serving more than 27,300 free meals to veterans and active duty military. While already an extensive list, the group's biggest passion project came 13 years ago when they took a phone call from Liz Scott, co-founder of the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, building this into a brand-wide initiative. To date, the Rose Group has raised more than $3.6 million for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Headquartered in Newtown, PA, The Rose Group currently owns and operates 52 Applebee's Grill + Bar restaurants and 2 Shannon Rose Irish Pubs. It is the 105th largest restaurant franchise company in the United States as ranked by the Restaurant Finance Monitor in its 2021Top 200 Restaurant Franchisees report and has over 3,000 active employees.

The Rose Group 29 Friends Lane, Newtown, PA 18940 (215) 579-9220

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