Pak Mail’s Cheryl Kostopoulos has been awarded the Vince Nichols Memorial Award


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The Canadian Franchise Association’s (CFA) Annual Convention, which was held in the picturesque Mont Tremblant, has been declared a successful event by the attendees. The event had hundreds of franchise business leaders in attendance, with many hours of educational programming on the agenda.

“The CFA has once again brought together franchisors of all stripes from across Canada for 3 days of educational programming and think-tank sessions from which, even seasoned veterans like myself, can take away valuable information and ideas that can be implemented to improve their systems. A successful event indeed” explains the President and CEO of Pak Mail, Cheryl Kostopoulos.

The Vince Nichols Memorial Award was awarded to Ms. Kostopoulos for her tireless efforts to promote ethical successful franchising in Canada.

Presented in memory of Vince Nichols, who was the Director of Franchising for Maple Leaf Mills and who was a dedicated volunteer with the CFA. The Vince Nichols Memorial Award is awarded to an individual who, works as an ambassador for franchising, and through their volunteer activities helps the CFA grow, evolve and deliver on its mission and vision.

Ms. Kostopoulos is a long-standing and currently active member of the CFA, with an extensive history of volunteering, which includes; serving on the CFA Board as a Director for many years, being elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the CF for two consecutive terms, and serving on numerous committees and chairing the CFA Award of Excellence in Franchising committee since its inception. “Cheryl’s dedication to advancing the CFA’s mission of promoting excellence and growth in franchising is one of her passions” explains Lorraine McLachlan, President of the CFA. “ She has worked tirelessly to champion the growth of the Award of Excellence in Franchising Program and has demonstrated her strong commitment to helping all franchisors understand the value it can bring to their systems”, McLachlan adds.

With more than three decades worth of franchising experience behind her, including her active involvement with the CFA since she first entered into franchising, Kostopoulos is a clear example that anyone can juggle running a successful business and a growing family, while maintaining ethical standards that can stand up to careful scrutiny. This is a much and well-deserved recognition indeed!

About Pak Mail

The Pak Mail Centers of Canada, which are headquartered in Toronto, are part of an international chain providing specialty packing and shipping centers with over 500 locations within 5 countries. The company offers professional packaging services for overweight, fragile, awkward cargo and offer customers a choice of shipping through a wide variety of approved carriers, worldwide. The packages can vary from family heirlooms, to 5,000 year-old dinosaur bones and from precious artwork to the Pope’s throne, Pak Mail aims to get their customers’ prized possessions to their destination on time and intact.

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