DRIVERSEAT Recipient of Four Awards
Kitchener Driverseat announced it is the proud recipient of four distinct awards, recognizing achievements in business excellence, innovation and franchisee satisfaction.
In March 2017, the Driverseat Corporate Office Team were awarded the Innovation Award for Waterloo Region. During the black-tie event, co-founders Brian Bazely and Luke Bazely were recognized for their innovative business concept combined with how their technology platforms interact with the consumer and the franchisee.
“It was truly an honour to have been nominated, let alone win, the Innovation Award.” said Brian Bazely, CEO Driverseat Inc. “We are proud of our unique business concept and the technology we have developed to support our franchisees. With that said, there are so many great businesses operating in Waterloo Region so we were up against some very strong contenders.”
Waterloo Region is home to many innovative businesses and a growing number of technology companies. The region attracts larger tech sector businesses (Shopify and Google have set up their headquarters in the region) with a strong incubator for start-ups and growing brands.
In April 2017, Driverseat was recognized for Excellence in Franchising Non-Traditional Franchise category. This was awarded by the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) and is considered to be the pinnacle of franchise achievement in Canada. Each year, franchisees are surveyed and their results are reviewed for key metrics such as franchisor support, growth and the strength of their business overall.
“Franchisee satisfaction and prosperity is our number one priority.” states Luke Bazely, President of Driverseat. “We believe that if we take care of our franchisees, they will in turn take great care of their customers. We were humbled to have won this award and we will continue to strive for excellence for our franchise partners.”
Driverseat Corporate was in good company as two of their franchisees recently took home awards from their local Chambers. Driverseat Orillia, owned and operated by Andy Moore, received the 2016 Business Achievement Award for Entrepreneurial Initiative. This award distinguishes Driverseat Orillia from other local businesses and celebrates Moore and his team, and the services they provide.
“Opening the Driverseat franchise has been life changing. The support from the community, the amazing people we meet and the work my Coachmen (drivers) do is incredible. I could not imagine owning a better company and being in a better community.” states Moore.
Driverseat Thunder Bay also won an award for Business Excellence. The franchise, owned by Lawrence & Trisha Deswiage, has been operating since 2014 with strong growth and outstanding customer reviews. The business is managed by Dennis Dekker who has been instrumental in the growth of the Designated Driving part of the business.
In response to winning this award, Lawrence says “I can’t say enough about my team. Dennis leads a team of Coachmen who provide outstanding service driving the elderly, providing Designated Driving services to those who have been drinking and chauffeuring customers to the airport. We are fortunate and we are proud of the work we do in Thunder Bay.”
Driverseat franchises are independently owned and operated. The franchisor focuses on training and coaching the franchisees and on tech development to provide them with the best tools. The franchisees focus on their Coachmen (drivers) and their customers to ensure service is provided efficiently and cost effectively.