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Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI) presented its annual awards to exemplary Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts franchisees throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The awards were issued Monday (Nov. 8) night during LSI’s annual Symposium at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in Covington, Ky., in the following categories:

Camp-Resort of the Year: Caledonia, Wisc. This is LSI’s highest honor overall. It is given to the Camp-Resort location whose facilities and operations exceed all of the Jellystone Park standards. Recipients must be Pinnacle Club members, meaning they rate 95% or higher on the annual LSI assessment of their facilities and operations. Award recipients also must have achieved strong growth in business, implemented sustained improvements, and be leaders in the industry.

Regional Camp-Resorts of the Year: This is LSI’s highest regional honor. It is awarded to the four Camp-Resort locations whose facilities and operations exceed all Jellystone Park standards. Recipients must be Pinnacle Club members, meaning they rate 95% or higher on the annual LSI assessment of their facilities and operations. Award recipients also must have achieved strong growth in business, implemented sustained improvements, and be leaders in the industry:

  • Eastern Region: Harrisville, Pa.
  • Central Region: Caledonia, Wisc.
  • Southern Region: Golden Valley, N.C.
  • Western Region: Sioux Falls, S.D.

Operator of the Year: Chris and Michelle Barber, Indianapolis East, Ind., in the category for locations with less than 225 sites, and Jennifer DiToro, Woodridge, N.Y., in the category for locations with more than 225 sites. This award is given to the individual or individuals directly responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Camp-Resort locations that best represent excellence in management, improved assessment ratings, improved guest satisfaction ratings, and growth in business.

Franchise Inspection Leader, “The Carroll Award”: Caledonia, Wisc. This award is given to the Camp-Resort that achieved the highest assessment rating out of all Jellystone Park locations in the system.

Jim Webb Spirit Award: Ray Aljets, Sioux City, S.D. This award, named after Jim Webb, who played a major role in the success of the Jellystone Park franchise network in its formative years and beyond, is presented to the franchisee who best embodies the same tireless spirit, enthusiasm and commitment to Jellystone Park locations that Webb displayed.

Chairman’s Award: Randy Isaacson, Caledonia, Wisc. This award is presented once every five years to a franchise operator who has had the greatest influence on others within the franchise. This individual, through effort, deeds and by example, demonstrates what it means to be a true leader.

Maple Leaf Award: Woodstock, New Brunswick. This award is presented to the Canadian franchisee who best demonstrates their commitment and dedication to the Jellystone Park system.

Facility of the Year: South Haven, Michigan, in the category for locations with less than 225 sites, and Larkspur, Colo., in the category for locations with more than 225 sites. This award is presented to Camp-Resort locations that have shown sustained improvements to their facilities.

Dan O’Connell Service Award: Cindy Keinath, Frankenmuth, Mich. This award, named for the highly regarded campground industry pioneer who developed the Jellystone Park location in Amboy, Illinois, recognizes franchisees who work at local, regional and national levels to improve and grow the campground industry.

Special Recognition Awards: Rookie of the Year, owner: Clint and Michelle Swisher, Bloomington, Ind.; Rookie of the Year, manager: Guy and Tabitha Holloway, Milton, Pa. These awards are presented to Camp-Resorts and operators who achieve high ratings on specific categories of park operations or marketing initiatives.

Happy Camper Award: Branson, Miss. This award is earned by the Jellystone Park location with the highest overall guest satisfaction scores among all locations in the guest satisfaction surveys.

Landscaping Award: Warrens, Wisc.

Camp-Resort Store Award: Pelahatchie, Miss.

Camp-Resort Comfort Station Awards: Asheboro, North Carolina; Bath, New York; Bloomington, Indiana; Burleson, Texas; Cleveland/Sandusky, Ohio.; Frankenmuth, Michigan; Grayling, Michigan; Harrisville, Pennsylvania; Hocking Hills, Ohio; Indianapolis East, Indiana; Madison, Maine; Mill Run, Pennsylvania; Milton, Pennsylvania; Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; South Haven, Michigan; Tabor City, North Carolina; Tyler, Texas; and Woodstock, New Brunswick.

Website Award: Mark Twain Lake, Miss.

Brochure Design Award: Branson, Miss.

Club Yogi Rewards Award: Pelahatchie, Miss.

Facility Branding Award: Amboy, Ill.

Rental Units Award: Larkspur, Colo.

Excellence Awards: These awards are presented to Camp-Resort locations that score between 90% and 95% on annual assessments of their facilities and operations by LSI assessors. Winners include Amboy, Illinois; Asheboro, North Carolina; Canyon Lake, Texas; Delaware Beaches, Delaware; Fredericksburg, Texas; Gardiner, New York; Holmes County (Big Prairie), Ohio; Kerrville, Texas; Lakes Region, New Hampshire; Lodi, California; Luray, Virginia; Mears, Michigan; Monticello, Iowa; Niagara Falls, Ontario; Pittsfield, Illinois; Plymouth, Indiana; Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin; and Waller, Texas.

Pinnacle Club Awards: These awards are presented to Camp-Resorts that score 95% or higher on annual assessments of their facilities and operations by LSI assessors. Winners include Akron/Canton, Ohio; Barton Lake (Fremont), Indiana; Bath, New York; Bloomington, Indiana; Branson, Missouri; Burleson, Texas; Caledonia, Wisconsin; Cave City, Kentucky; Cleveland/Sandusky, Ohio; Mount Gilead, Ohio; Cranberry Acres (Carver), Massachusetts; Estes Park, Colorado; Frankenmuth, Michigan; Glen Ellis, New Hampshire; Golden Valley (Bostic), North Carolina; Grayling, Michigan; Harrisville, Pennsylvania; Hocking Hills, Ohio; Indianapolis East, Indiana; Madison, Maine; Mark Twain Lake, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; Mexico, New York; Mill Run, Pennsylvania; Natural Bridge Station, Virginia; North Java, New York; Pelahatchie, Mississippi; Pierceton, Indiana; Quarryville, Pennsylvania; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; South Haven, Michigan; Tabor City, North Carolina; Tyler, Texas; Williamsport, Maryland; Woodridge, New York; and Woodstock, New Brunswick.

Customer Service Awards: These awards are presented to Camp-Resorts that score 88% or higher on annual guest satisfaction surveys. Winners include Akron/Canton, Ohio; Asheboro, North Carolina; Bloomington, Indiana; Branson, Missouri; Bremen, Georgia; Caledonia, Wisconsin; Cave City, Kentucky; Cranberry Acres (Carver), Massachusetts; Estes Park, Colorado; Eureka, Missouri; Frankenmuth, Michigan; Fredericksburg, Texas; Golden Valley (Bostic), North Carolina; Grayling, Michigan; Harrisville, Pennsylvania; Hocking Hills, Ohio; Holmes County (Big Prairie), Ohio; Indianapolis East, Indiana; Kingston, Nova Scotia; Lakes Region, New Hampshire; Madison, Maine; Memphis, Tennessee; Mexico, New York; Mill Run, Pennsylvania; Milton, Pennsylvania; Mount Gilead, Ohio; Niagara Falls, Ontario; Pennsylvania Wilds (Mansfield), Pennsylvania; Pittsfield, Illinois; Plymouth, Indiana; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Sturgeon Bay, Michigan; Tabor City, North Carolina; Tyler, Texas; Williamsport, Maryland; Woodridge, New York; and Woodstock, New Brunswick.

Recreation Awards: These awards are presented to Camp-Resort locations that achieve a recreation score of 88% or higher in guest satisfaction surveys: Winners include Akron/Canton, Ohio; Asheboro, North Carolina; Barton Lake (Fremont), Indiana; Bloomington, Indiana; Branson, Missouri; Bremen, Georgia; Burleson, Texas; Caledonia, Wisconsin; Cave City, Kentucky; Estes Park, Colorado; Eureka, Missouri; Frankenmuth, Michigan; Glen Ellis, New Hampshire; Grayling, Michigan; Harrisville, Pennsylvania; Holmes County (Big Prairie), Ohio; Indianapolis East, Indiana; Kingston, Nova Scotia; Lakes Region, New Hampshire; Madison, Maine; Memphis, Tennessee; Mexico, New York; Mill Run, Pennsylvania; Milton, Pennsylvania; Mount Gilead, Ohio; Pelahatchie, Mississippi; Pierceton, Indiana; Plymouth, Indiana; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; South Haven, Michigan; Tabor City, North Carolina; Tyler, Texas; Williamsport, Maryland; Woodridge, New York; and Woodstock, New Brunswick.