Upon receiving the award for Burger King Franchisee of the Year, Tom Barnett rewarded the people who earned it for him.
Barnett sold his prizes, a new Corvette and a Rolex, for $60,000, then personally matched that amount along with a business partner Shelley Krispin. He then distributed the $120,000 in various amounts of hundreds and thousands among more than 100 employees, according to the Arizona Republic.
"'I thought, 'I didn't clean up the restroom last week, and I didn't work two shifts because a manager called in sick,'" Barnett said to the paper, then continued about how giving the prize back was the only logical option.
A 15-year employee and current manager at one location, Charity Callahan, recalled Barnett showing employees a picture of the car during a meeting. He then revealed that he sold the car and instead had rewards for them.
Callahan told the local paper she felt appreciated and more excited to continue doing her work.
Barnett is the CEO of his own management company and owns 24 Burger King franchises in the Arizona area. He secured his first location 35 years ago. He also served as a fighter pilot in the Vietnam War and told the paper he believes ownership of a role makes a quality leader.
The event formerly known as Home World has a new name and new location.Get totally inspired for spring as you find hundreds of ways to improve your home. Make your home the one you really want. Show open daily duringmall hours. Admission is free!
Landscaping and Outdoors
Get ready for Spring and Summer and transform your outdoor space into something that feels like you’re on vacation
Make sure to visit our demonstration stage during the entire show. There will be exciting demonstrations on how to re-purpose and design thanks to Monarch Market Affair.
Meet Barry Williams from The Brady Bunch
Join us as we welcome Me-TV superstar Barry Williams who played the iconic Greg Brady from The Brady Bunch TV Show. Meet him and get an autograph on February 10th stage side at center court in front of Macy’s.
The line will start forming when the Mall Opens, and Barry’s First appearance will be at 11 a.m.
Come prepared with your camera or cell phone for the Meet and Greet.