American Leak Detection names franchise business award winners

Fourteen category winners for superior business practices and operations were announced March 12 at American Leak Detection's Convention 2007 awards banquet at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, CA. Entrepreneur of the Year was awarded to Matthew & Shari Botermans, owners and operators of the American Leak Detection franchise in Portland, OR. The Franchisee of the Year award went to Hillel Salomon & Howie Katz of the East Bay, CA, office...

Top franchise business owners from around world receive awards in 14 categories at eco-friendly international franchise business' 2007 convention.

CABAZON, CA, March 28, 2007 -- Fourteen category winners for superior business practices and operations were announced at American Leak Detection's Convention 2007 awards banquet earlier this month at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, CA.

Entrepreneur of the Year was awarded to Matthew & Shari Botermans, owners and operators of the American Leak Detection franchise in Portland, Oregon. The Botermans were recognized for demonstrating innovative management skills, building a highly successful business venture and having a winning entrepreneurial spirit. The Botermans have been in business more than three years and are active in their community.

The Franchisee of the Year award went to Hillel Salomon & Howie Katz of the East Bay, California office. Salomon and Katz have gained respect among their peers and were determined to be the "best of the best," a true franchise business model.

"These awards are given to our best and finest franchise owners who exemplify excellent business practices that ultimately translate to successful operations that serve their customers in the highest and most professional manner," says Stan Berenbaum, CEO of American Leak Detection (ALD).

American Leak Detection Convention 2007 was titled "Moving Forward: Creating & Sustaining a Climate for Growth." The international gathering of ALD owners and operators met for four days and brought together leak experts to share information on successful strategies to solving large and small scale leak problems in an eco-friendly manner. The vendor and trade show featured eco-friendly technology, state of the art infrared cameras and the latest thermal imaging equipment.

American Leak Detection (www.americanleakdetection.com) is the world leader in the accurate, non-destructive detection of all types of leaks including hidden water and sewer leaks. From swimming pool cracks to concealed plumbing systems, the smallest leak is located with the most advanced, sophisticated electronic devices - without bashing holes in walls or digging up the deck and yard. American Leak Detection sets the standard for non-invasive leak detection and repair with proprietary methods and technology. Founded 32 years ago, we now operate a network of highly trained Original Leak Specialists on six continents. For the last five years, American Leak Detection has been ranked No. 1 in Entrepreneur magazine's "Maintenance Products and Services" franchise sector.

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Complete list of AMERICAN LEAK DETECTION winners:
-- ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR -- Matthew & Shari Botermans, Portland, Oregon
-- FRANCHISEE OF THE YEAR -- Hillel Salomon & Howie Katz, East Bay, California
-- BEST OFFICE PROCEDURES -- Vern McCollough, Tulsa, Oklahoma
-- MARKETING SHARK -- Sean & Christian Macaulay, North Bay, California
-- MOST ENTHUSIASTIC -- Patti Godwin, Spokane, Washington
-- MOST IMPROVED OVERALL -- John & Michelle Seaver, Albuquerque, New Mexico
-- ROOKIE OF THE YEAR -- Ben & Rosa Salas, Fresno, California
-- TOP PRODUCER OVERALL -- Phil & Robin Meckley, Orange County, California
-- TOP PRODUCER PER CAPITA -- Keith Ozawa & Taft Price, Las Vegas, Nevada
-- QUALITY CUSTOMER SERVICE
* Jeff & Kris Matz, Birmingham, Alabama
* Chuck & Lynn Hodges, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
* Bill & Karen Peterson, West Palm Beach, Florida
-- TEAM SPIRIT
* Tom & Marcia Rose, Southeast Michigan
* Bobby, Anne & Will Knell, Dallas, Texas
* Jeff Armstrong, Alberta, Canada
-- TEAMS TO WATCH
* Craig & Kim Jones,- Boise, Idaho
* Fred & Char Thompson, Fort Worth, Texas
* Greg & Laura Kleinpeter, Southeast Louisiana (Baton Rouge, New Orleans)
-- TOP PRODUCER BY REGION --
* John & Jackie Myers, Victoria, Australia
* Phil & Robin Meckley, Orange County, California
* Sean & Christian Macaulay, North Bay, California
* Vern McCollough, Tulsa, Oklahoma
* Bill & Karen Peterson, West Palm Beach, Florida
* Keith & Lori Bailey, Nashville, Tennessee
* The Breshears family, Seattle, Washington
* John & Misty Davis, Kentucky
-- TRUCK OF THE YEAR
* First Place: Bill & Karen Peterson, West Palm Beach, Florida
* Second Place: Beth Dzuba, Indianapolis, Indiana
* Third Place: Steven & Lisa West, Columbus, Ohio

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