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BFW Confirms Omar Yunes as the Best Franchise in the World

Omar Yunes is officially the best franchise in the world after he received the BFW award in 2015. The franchisee of Sushi Itto was recognized for his continued excellence in his job. The award was presented to him at a prestigious event hosted in Florence, Italy, and attended by businesspeople from 34 countries. Some of the world’s greatest economies, such as Portugal, Hungary, and Brazil were represented.

How It Went Down

The BFW award stamped Omar’s exemplary record as a Japanese food chain’s franchise. Having taken up the role at only 21, he went on to show his muscle by opening new franchise units in Puebla, Mexico City, and Veracruz. Omar had 13 franchise units to his name by the end of 2015, and now with this award, more units could well be in the pipeline.

To make BFW more prestigious, the organizers make many considerations before settling on a winner. They mainly focus on the contribution a franchisee makes to the growth of the entire network as opposed to only focusing on a single brand. They assess how informed one is in regards to the network, and whether that knowledge has been adequately utilized to the network’s benefit. How well a franchisee motivates his staff, is also a key consideration, as well as the saving plans put in place.

With Omar Yunes making it that far, it’s a clear indication that he is undoubtedly the leader among all franchisees. These sentiments were also echoed by Diego Elizarrarras, one of the organizers of BFW Mexico. He pointed out that Omar won the award for having revolutionized the franchising-franchisee traditional relationship. He also took note of Omar’s ability to effectively manage 13 different units. On his part, Benjamin Calcelmo of Sushi Itto said that the brand’s unparalleled hospitality in handling its customers had propelled it that far.

About Omar Yunes

Omar Yunes is a Mexican entrepreneur and business executive. He became a franchisee at Sushi Itto in 1999 and 18 years on; he has managed to establish himself as a top figure in the network. Omar was born in 1978, which shows how young he was at the time he made the debut in the industry. Besides excelling with Sushi Itto, Omar is also doing fairly well in the real estate sector.

Mike Heiligenstein CTRMA Plans Which Will Take Effect In Partnership With Texas’ Transport Administration

Mike Heilingestein is Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority executive director since 2003. He helped Mobility Authority emerge from a startup to a nationally recognized player in the road toll market. Mike also holds three decades experience in public service since his election as Round City Council member and later as Commissioner at William County.


Mike’s greatest contribution has been his role in the growth of Austin as Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority executive director. Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is an independent government agency founded by Mike Heilingestein in 2002. Mobile Authority focuses on the design of current transport infrastructure for Central Texas. The company’s present and future infrastructures are major features of a meticulously planned, multi-modal transport network designed to address the diverse transportation needs of the rapidly expanding region.


Mike has been at the helm of Mobility Authority since the launch of 183A flagship project in Williamson County. The project marked the first ever cashless, all-electronic toll collection system in the United States. Lately, Mobility Authority inaugurated the 290 Toll dubbed Manor Expressway system. The agency is currently building Loop 1 Express Lanes at MoPac. A feasibility study of other six expressways is also underway throughout Central Texas in collaboration with other regional transport agencies.


Mobility Authority mission is to preserve and improve the standard of living in Central Texas through evolution to synchronize with the transition in regional landscape. The agency further values community participation in its project. Mobility Authority also ensures environmental protection in the implementation of its projects. The company’s goal is to reduce congestion in Travis and Williamson counties transportation networks by creating state-of-the-art, multi-modal transport solutions for the economic viability of the region.


Mike Heilingestein serves as an expert at the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. The agency further employees’ private contractors with specialty expertise in transportation infrastructure development to offer technical service in the implementation of carriage network projects. Mobility Authority is a jurisdiction of the Texas Transportation Code Chapter 370. It has the mandate from state laws to reimburse revenue bonds to finance projects. Mobility Authority also generates its income from taxes or fees levied on users, which it uses to fund its operation and repay the bond debt.


Mike Heiligenstein is in charge of the daily operations at Mobility Authority under the oversight of the agency’s board of directors appointed from volunteers from the local community. The board’s mandate includes policy formulation, project prioritization, and supervision of the organization’s operational effectiveness and efficiency.


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