Conway, AR (PRWEB) June 30, 2012
The conference was full of positive and insightful information presented by leaders in business from across the South. In addition to presentations by the Rhea Lana’s in-house staff, the conference featured presentations by keynote speaker, Tim Burchfield, Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A in Johnson City, Tennessee and leadership training coordinator for WinShape International. In addition, Mr. Burchfield is the Tennessee state coordinator and International coordinator for the West Indies and Latin America for the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
The conference was also a time to highlight the special achievements made by franchise owners throughout the previous year. New franchise owners who have performed exceptionally well are awarded the “Rookie of the Year” award. For the fall 2011 event season, the First Place “Rookie of the Year” award was presented to Erin Franklin and Judy Franklin, owners of Rhea Lana’s of Northland; and the Second Place “Rookie of the Year” award was presented to Jill Clulow, owner of Rhea Lana’s of Manatee County. For the spring 2012 event season, the First Place “Rookie of the Year” award was presented to Amber Gingerich and Rachel Tarro, owners of Rhea Lana’s of South Sarasota; and the Second Place “Rookie of the Year” award was presented to Lisa Perstein and Jeff Lenhard, owners of Rhea Lana’s of Decatur-Druid Hills. The “Top Gun” award is given to franchise owners who have become masters in spreading the RL culture and values throughout their territories. “Top Gun” awards were presented to Jill Clulow, owner of Rhea Lana’s of Manatee County, and Stacey Black, owner of Rhea Lana’s of Frisco-McKinney. The most prestigious award given at the conference is the “Franchise of the Year” award. It was presented to Sarah McGarl, owner of Rhea Lana’s of North Atlanta.
President and CEO of the company, Rhea Lana Riner, reflects on the conference, “What an invaluable time we spent together at the RL Conference, sharing ideas, building relationships and being challenged in our business leadership skills. We were blessed to have Tim and his wife, Molly, join us for the weekend. As a company, our goal is to build a unique community of business owners who are committed to serving our communities. This time we spend together each year is filled with rich friendships and power-packed content!”
About Rhea Lana’s Children’s Consignment Events
With Arkansas roots, Rhea Lana’s Franchise Systems, Inc. is rapidly growing with 58 locations in 19 states. Founded by Rhea Lana Riner in her living room 15 years ago and headquartered in Conway, Arkansas, Rhea Lana’s Children’s Consignment hosts semi-annual sales. The company is the first consignment sale in the country to offer on-line management and real time tracking of merchandise through a computerized inventory system and a convenient mobile application.
Riner has been featured in numerous publications including The High Profile Section, Arkansas Democrat Gazette and Women’s Inc Magazine. She has recently won a prestigious national award by Enterprising Women, a national publication and foundation that honors entrepreneurial women with rapidly growing companies who seek to mentor other women in business. In the 2010 report from Franchise Business Review on Child Service Related Franchises, Rhea Lana's Children’s Consignment, Inc. ranked in the Top 10 nationally. Also in 2011, Rhea Lana’s was ranked number two out of only ten Arkansas companies to be added to Inc. Magazine’s 5000 list of fastest growing privately held companies. In 2012, Rhea Lana’s has been featured in several business magazines, including the NWA Small Business Journal and the Arkansas Talk Business Quarterly.