BirthdayPak Welcomes New Franchisee in Tampa, FL

BirthdayPak Welcomes New Franchisee in Tampa, FL

BirthdayPak recently onboarded a new franchise owner in Tampa, Florida.  Jon Ahrendt joined the BirthdayPak family last week as owner of the BirthdayPak of Tampa market.

Jon has 30 years of restaurant experience including operations, real estate, facilities, sustainability and project management.  21 of those years were spent at Outback Steakhouse and their parent company Bloomin Brands.  After leaving Outback in 2019, he brought his finance degree to work by founding a loan origination company called On Course Capital.  They provide loans for business and residential growth.   

“I recently became the owner of BirthdayPak of Tampa Bay, which is a life event marketing company.  BirthdayPak has perfected a proven, trackable marketing program for select restaurants and retailers looking to grow and maintain new business.  They are community focused and are invested in our clients’ success”, said Jon. “The common thread throughout my career is helping others achieve their next great milestone and BirthdayPak of Tampa Bay provides a tremendous platform for me to continue this purpose.”   

BirthdayPak has grown significantly from a single market in southeastern PA to having multiple markets across the United States.  Since its inception in 2009, BirthdayPak has delivered more than 4.5 million “happy birthday” greetings in the mail.  This translates to nearly $360,000,000 in gift cards that have been sent to BirthdayPak recipients over the past 10+ years!  That’s a significant amount of birthday gifts!

The BirthdayPak marketing platform drives birthday celebrations to participating upscale businesses, such as restaurants, day spas and boutiques, from their best potential customers.  The beautifully printed and mailed “birthday gift” features gift cards from this exclusive group of businesses in the community.  The women who receive BirthdayPak have discretionary income and are about to celebrate their birthday, a proven trigger for consumer spending.

More than just birthdays, BirthdayPak has sent millions of emails to recipients with high deliverability and open rates, keeping consumers engaged during the year and encouraging repeat visits to the participating businesses.  The BirthdayPak business model has a history of positive performance and extremely high client retention rates.  The above average response rates, and additional branding opportunities through a digital experience, provide a winning combination. 

BirthdayPak continues to expand nationwide through franchising and has been recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as the #1 franchise in Advertising Services category for two years in a row.  If you, or someone you know, has an interest in learning more about this exciting business opportunity, please visit www.BirthdayPakFranchise.com or call 888-206-0083.

What Our Franchisees Love About Owning a BirthdayPak Franchise

What Our Franchisees Love About Owning a BirthdayPak Franchise

What are you looking for in a franchise? One with great income potential? Flexibility? An opportunity to get involved in your community? BirthdayPak checks all of these boxes, and then some! But don’t take our word for it. This article features what our franchise owners have to say, and why they love owning a BirthdayPak franchise. Their responses may help you as you begin the process of selecting a franchise and consider your ideal franchise culture.

Opportunity for Community Involvement

“BirthdayPak allows us to partner with local businesses and assist them in increasing their revenue while having fun doing it. We really like that we aren’t tied to a desk and have the ability to get out into our community, meet new people and form a true partnership with them that will be a win for both of us. The flexibility BirthdayPak offers us will allow us to attend our girls’ sporting and school events and continue our community involvement.” – Todd and Licet Mulholland, BirthdayPak of Southwest Florida

Further reading: How Does BirthdayPak Help Local Businesses Grow?

Creativity to Grow a Business with Support and Guidance

Owning a franchise under BirthdayPak allows us to be creative in how we grow our business, but also allows us to lean on corporate for support and guidance. We truly believe that good experiences only come with supported, innovative, invested, and dedicated franchisors like BirthdayPak.” – Lorie Marrella, BirthdayPak of Delaware Valley

Further reading: How Support Makes BirthdayPak a Simple Choice for First Time Franchise Owners

Flexibility to Be a Mom First

“When I became a BirthdayPak franchise owner, I was able to keep the flexibility, increase my schedule and maintain being a mom as a priority. I am able to be mom as soon as the school bell rings for pick up, and then later that night I can assume my BirthdayPak role and plan out the next day or finish up from earlier in the day. This is priceless!” – Lisa Linkowsky, BirthdayPak of central New Jersey and Bucks County

Further Reading: Franchise Ownership Provides Flexibility for Family Life

Proven Business Model

“I found the business model to be very sound and loved the product right away – it spoke to me on many different levels.” – Kristy Blasey, BirthdayPak of Raleigh-Durham

Further Reading: What Does It Mean to Have a Proven Business Model?

Strong Brand and Direction

“I was so impressed with the company, the brand and future direction of the business, I decided to become a franchise owner.” – Jeff Winter, BirthdayPak of Southeast Minnesota

Further reading: What Makes a Strong Franchise Brand?

The Joy of Gifting a Unique Product

As a BirthdayPak franchise, I really love the opportunity to provide a marketing program that is cost effective for my clients and brings them new customers! I also love the fact that it really is looked at as a true “gift” by those who receive BirthdayPak and the joy it brings to them when they receive it!  It is especially fulfilling when they make the effort to reach out to me directly to thank BirthdayPak of Orlando for the wonderful surprise gift.” – Kerry Neujahr, BirthdayPak of Orlando

Further reading: The BirthdayPak Community Agrees – Gift Cards Make the Perfect Birthday Gift

Stream of Revenue and Low Overhead

“BirthdayPak is a really cool concept. The ability to have residual revenue stream, with low overhead, was very appealing to us.” – John and Olga Clevenger, BirthdayPak of South Charlotte.

Further reading: The BirthdayPak Franchise Report

Pride of Owning a Business

The most rewarding thing about being a BirthdayPak franchise owner is the personal feeling I get from owning my own business again. I felt the most successful, felt the most self-pride when I own my own business. The sky is the limit with BirthdayPak. I get the freedom, I get to make my own schedule and the pride of owning my own business and controlling my own destiny is the great thing for me.” – Brandon Baltz, BirthdayPak of Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio

Further reading: Have You Thought About Being Your Own Boss?

BirthdayPak Recipient Loves BirthdayPak Enough to Buy a Franchise!

“The way I made my decision to buy my BirthdayPak franchise is I was a recipient of BirthdayPak. I lived in Pennsylvania where BirthdayPak first started and then I moved to Oklahoma. I got one that had come with my mail forwarded from Pennsylvania and I got excited to try new restaurants! I opened it up and I was so sad because it was with my Philadelphia mail. At that point I realized I could buy a franchise. So I did! I knew it worked, I had been a recipient before and I could get excited about it!” – Lisa Whittington, BirthdayPak of Oklahoma

Further reading: BirthdayPak Recipients Turned Franchise Owners: An Unexpected, Fulfilling Career Path

At BirthdayPak, the Love Comes Full Circle

It’s clear from our passionate and hardworking franchise owners that there is a lot to love about owning a BirthdayPak franchise. And we know how to show the love back by recognizing our franchise owners and setting them up for success. If you want to become an entrepreneur in 2020 and learn about our nationally-ranked franchise, contact us at 1-888-680-7554 or schedule a call.

Coming Soon…BirthdayPak of Atlanta

Coming Soon…BirthdayPak of Atlanta

BirthdayPak recently welcomed Howard Katz as the new owner of BirthdayPak of Atlanta.  Howard has been an Atlanta resident for almost 13 years and a business owner for more than 15 years.

I had been looking for an opportunity to own a franchise for the past two years.  When I was introduced to the BirthdayPak concept, it appealed to me instantly and I love the brand.  There’s such great potential for BirthdayPak in the Atlanta market, so this is a natural fit,” says Howard.

Along with Howard’s previous business ownership experience, he has an extensive background in consulting, marketing, and management.  Howard is looking forward to introducing BirthdayPak to the local businesses and community members in Atlanta. 

Since its inception in 2009, BirthdayPak has delivered more than 4.5 million “happy birthday” greetings in the mail.  This translates to nearly $360,000,000 in gift cards that have been sent to BirthdayPak recipients over the past 10 years!  That’s a significant amount of birthday gifts!

The BirthdayPak marketing platform drives birthday celebrations to participating upscale businesses, such as restaurants, day spas and boutiques, from their best potential customers.  The beautifully printed and mailed “birthday gift” features gift cards from this exclusive group of businesses in the community.  The women who receive BirthdayPak have discretionary income and are about to celebrate their birthday, a proven trigger for consumer spending.

More than just birthdays, BirthdayPak has sent millions of emails to recipients with high deliverability and open rates, keeping consumers engaged during the year and encouraging repeat visits to the participating businesses.  The BirthdayPak business model has a history of positive performance and extremely high client retention rates.  The above average response rates, and additional branding opportunities through a digital experience, provide a winning combination. 

BirthdayPak continues to expand nationwide through franchising and has been recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as the #1 franchise in Advertising Services category.  If you, or someone you know, has an interest in learning more about this exciting business opportunity, please visit www.BirthdayPakFranchise.com.

BirthdayPak of Southwest Florida Announces New Owners

BirthdayPak of Southwest Florida Announces New Owners

BirthdayPak is thrilled to announce that the Southwest Florida market is now owned and operated by the newest BirthdayPak franchise owners, Todd and Licet Mulholland.  Todd and Licet have lived in the Naples area for more than 25 years and have been involved in numerous volunteer opportunities including the CCA FL STAR Fishing Tournament which gives away up to $100,000 in youth scholarships.

“We had been looking for a business and were seriously considering a franchise, mostly due the support and proven operating systems that they offered over just starting a business from scratch.  We had looked at various other franchises before BirthdayPak, but none of them seemed to be a good fit for us,” says Todd.  Prior to becoming a BirthdayPak franchise owner, Todd was investing in real estate and rehabbing properties with a partner, but he was looking for an opportunity that would allow him to interact with more people. 

We had put our search on hold and had kind of given up on a franchise, but then we heard about the BirthdayPak opportunity,” says Licet.  Licet has 15 years of experience as a project accountant in the construction industry.  “We are excited about the opportunity that BirthdayPak offers us to partner with local businesses and assist them in increasing their revenue while having fun doing it. We really like that we aren’t tied to a desk and have the ability to get out into our community, meet new people and form a true partnership with them that will be a win for both of us. The flexibility BirthdayPak offers us will allow us to attend our girls’ sporting and school events and continue our community involvement.”

BirthdayPak has grown significantly from a single market in southeastern PA to having multiple markets across the United States.  Since its inception in 2009, BirthdayPak has delivered more than 4.5 million “happy birthday” greetings in the mail.  This translates to nearly $360,000,000 in gift cards that have been sent to BirthdayPak recipients over the past 10 years!  That’s a significant amount of birthday gifts!

The BirthdayPak marketing platform drives birthday celebrations to participating upscale businesses, such as restaurants, day spas and boutiques, from their best potential customers.  The beautifully printed and mailed “birthday gift” features gift cards from this exclusive group of businesses in the community.  The women who receive BirthdayPak have discretionary income and are about to celebrate their birthday, a proven trigger for consumer spending.

More than just birthdays, BirthdayPak has sent millions of emails to recipients with high deliverability and open rates, keeping consumers engaged during the year and encouraging repeat visits to the participating businesses.  The BirthdayPak business model has a history of positive performance and extremely high client retention rates.  The above average response rates, and additional branding opportunities through a digital experience, provide a winning combination. 

BirthdayPak continues to expand nationwide through franchising and has been recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as the #1 franchise in Advertising Services category.  If you, or someone you know, has an interest in learning more about this exciting business opportunity, please visit www.BirthdayPakFranchise.com.

BirthdayPak Awards Best Franchise Owner of 2019 and Other Accolades

BirthdayPak Awards Best Franchise Owner of 2019 and Other Accolades

In honor of the 10-year anniversary of BirthdayPak, the corporate team celebrated with an awards presentation to recognize franchise owners who “deliver wow.” 2019 has been a successful year with many outstanding BirthdayPak franchises spanning from coast to coast. The awards honor those exemplary individuals who exemplify the core values, demonstrate top-notch sales skills and have a proven track record of strong leadership skills.

Awards Honor Excellence and Demonstration of Core Values

Selected by members of the corporate team, the following awards were presented by Mark Neujahr, National Director of Sales & Training at BirthdayPak, during a recent teleconference.

Spirit Award

The spirit award was presented to franchise owners who are passionate about BirthdayPak and success of the company, exhibit core values, and motivate and mentor other franchisees. They also actively collaborate and support fellow franchise owners and are always looking for ways to help themselves and others succeed.

BirthdayPak Spirit Award Winner: Lisa Linkowsky (BirthdayPak of Bucks County & Central NJ)

BirthdayPak Spirit Award Runner Up: Dawn Lynn (BirthdayPak of Las Vegas)

BirthdayPak Spirit Award Honorary Mention: Suzanne Davis (BirthdayPak of Southeast Florida)

Sales Awards

Two sales awards were presented, one for most new restaurants sold and one for most new advertisers sold, over a 12-month period.  The winners of these awards exhibited dedication and hard work to meet their sales goals.  Since restaurant gift cards are so well received by the recipients of BirthdayPak, an award was created that focused on this category in particular. 

Most Advertisers Sold: Kerry Neujahr (BirthdayPak of Orlando) & Brandon Baltz (BirthdayPak of Indiana)

Most New Restaurants Sold, 1st Place: Kerry Neujahr (BirthdayPak of Orlando)

Most New Restaurants Sold, 2nd Place: Lorie Marrella & Megan Cavanaugh (BirthdayPak of Delaware Valley)

Most New Restaurants Sold, 3rd Place: Brandon Baltz (BirthdayPak of Indiana)

Best New Franchise 2019 Award

The attributes the leadership team looked at were strong performance out of the gate, exhibits core values, follows all suggested best practices and is eager to learn more, consistently meets deadlines and delivers results,” said Mark.

Best New Franchise 2019: Dawn Lynn (BirthdayPak of Las Vegas)

Best Franchise 2019 Award

The Best Franchise award recognizes those franchise owners who stand out as leaders and have achieved personal success within their market. They exhibit the BirthdayPak core values and follow all suggested best practices and create new ones. They have a can-do attitude and show perseverance, while consistently meeting deadlines and delivering results.

Best Franchise 2019 Winner: Lorie Marrella & Megan Cavanaugh (BirthdayPak of Delaware Valley)

Best Franchise 2019 Runner Up: Kerry Neujahr (BirthdayPak of Orlando)

Best Franchise 2019 Runner Up: Lisa Linkowsky (BirthdayPak of Bucks County & Central NJ)

After announcing the Best Franchise of 2019 winner, Mark provided commentary on what made Lorie Marrella and Megan Cavanaugh stand out, “You have a lot of zones, and you’ve always been creative and open-minded. You did a phenomenal job with the win back program, working with our marketing team. You’re pushing the envelope and always contributing and reaching out to other franchisees. You’re a great role model and this is well-deserved.”

Paul Berman, CEO of BirthdayPak, provided final remarks: “We have a great team and I’m very lucky to work with all of you. Let’s have another fantastic year in 2020 and keep celebrating life!

Award-Winning Franchise Owners, Award-Winning Franchise

These awards celebrate BirthdayPak franchise owners, and also show how BirthdayPak is committed to the success of our franchise owners. We recognize their contributions and how they play a part in furthering BirthdayPak as a strong, award-winning brand. For more information on franchise opportunities, contact us at 1-888-680-7554.