Cruise Holidays of Kansas City Wins
"Golden Anchor” and "Top Producer”Awards at
Franchise Network’s International Event
Minneapolis, MN (November 23, 2011)—The most successful Cruise Holidays store in all of North America for more than two decades was recognized with not one, but two of the Cruise Holidays franchise network’s top awards during a recent ceremony aboard Holland America Line’s ms Eurodam. Cruise Holidays of Kansas City was presented with the prestigious Golden Anchor award as well as the Top Producer Award. Cruise Holidays of Kansas City is owned by Mimi and Mark Comfort.
The Golden Anchor award celebrates the Cruise Holidays store that stands out because of the following attributes: They must participate in Cruise Holidays programs, attend Cruise Holidays meetings and conventions, contribute to the success of the network by generating ideas or participating in focus groups, and generally be willing to help other franchise owners reach their goals. In other words, the store must make significant contributions to helping fellow business owners.
The Top Producer award is given to the store that achieved the highest sales during the previous year. This is the 21st consecutive year that Cruise Holidays of Kansas City has been the top producing Cruise Holidays store in the United States.
"At Cruise Holidays of Kansas City, their door is always open – whether you’re talking about a client that needs help or a fellow store owner who is looking for advice. They are leaders in every respect of the word and one of the most trusted sources for vacation planning for more than two decades,” said Mark Schiffner, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Cruise Holidays.
In addition to winning the top two awards of the year, six Cruise Holidays of Kansas City employees were also recognized as "Top Performers” across the entire Cruise Holidays network. Deborah Mitchell, Mimi Comfort, Patti Edwards, Cassie Johnson, Andrea Redding and JoAnne Weeks were among the top 29 sales achievers. Andrea Redding was recognized as one of the top three sales achievers across the entire network.
Mimi Comfort opened Cruise Holidays of Kansas City in 1988 after being a stay-at-home mother for several years. Mark joined her full time shortly thereafter. Cruise Holidays of Kansas City now has about 30 employees and independent contractors.
Cruise Holidays is the most established cruise-specialty retail franchise in North America, with franchisees in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Cruise Holidays is also a distinguished provider of land tour vacation packages. Founded in 1984, Cruise Holidays is part of Travel Leaders Group. With approximately 1,300 travel agency locations in the United States, Canada and the UK, Travel Leaders Group serves millions of individual leisure travelers, as well as select corporate clients and destinations.