Maui Wowi Hawaiian's New Franchisees Discover Solution to Battered Career Syndrome

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Becoming new owners of a fun coffee and smoothie franchise concept has a Missouri couple excited for the future.

New Maui Wowi franchisees in Missouri

Wes and Mendee Thomas, Maui Wowi's newest franchisees in Missouri.

Meeting people face to face and seeing how much they believe in the product and in the company itself really solidified it for us.

A company that embodies the laidback lifestyle, makes work fun, and offers quality products was just what the doctor ordered for the newest franchisees of Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies. Missouri couple, Mendee and Wes Thomas have broken free from the corporate world in order to begin living their dream.

The term Battered Career Syndrome has been used to describe what many Americans are suffering in the corporate world as they are overlooked and undercompensated. Coming from a Fortune 500 company, Mendee felt unnoticed and underappreciated in her career. After getting married to Wes a year ago in Maui, the dream was ignited to begin a journey under their own control.

“We have been looking for a way to bring the Aloha Spirit to Missouri since our wedding in Maui last year and we got to the point where we were ready to make ourselves money instead of somebody else.”

Upon discovering Maui Wowi, Mendee says she was overwhelmed with the amount of support the company provided and found that its system was based on a proven method, which meant they didn’t have to re-invent the wheel.

“Meeting people face to face and seeing how much they believe in the product and in the company itself really solidified it for us,” said Mendee. “We couldn’t sign fast enough!”

Having already completed an extensive hands-on training program at the company headquarters, Mendee and Wes worked their first event just one week later. Their calendars are already filling up as they secure more contracts with local events, festivals, and venues to which they can bring their mobile Ka’anapali Cart and serve all-natural, fresh fruit smoothies and premium Hawaiian coffees.

For more information about Maui Wowi Hawaiian, visit

About Maui Wowi Hawaiian
Since 1982, Maui Wowi Hawaiian has embraced the Hawaiian culture and has been serving paradise in a cup since the day it began, over 30 years ago. From event carts, mall kiosks and stand-alone retail locations, Maui Wowi Hawaiian offers premium, all-natural, gluten-free, fresh-fruit smoothies, as well as gourmet Hawaiian coffees and espresso beverages. The company was recently ranked No. 5 on the Denver Business Journal’s 2015 Colorado Franchisors list. Maui Wowi also maintains strong community involvement through fundraising efforts by its franchisees, in addition to Team Karma; an initiative that promotes corporate responsibility and giving back to the community. The brand has more than 450 operating units in seven countries and an online store, To learn more information about Maui Wowi Hawaiian’s products, locations or flexible, low-cost franchising opportunities, visit


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