Wal­dorf’s Car­da­mone takes home award

Maryland Independent - - Business -

Michael Car­da­mone, owner of the Hunt­ing­ton Learn­ing Cen­ter in Wal­dorf, has been named Hunt­ing­ton’s Fran­chisee of the Year by the In­ter­na­tional Fran­chise As­so­ci­a­tion. The award rec­og­nizes out­stand­ing IFA mem­ber-com­pany fran­chise owner-op­er­a­tors, as se­lected by the par­ent com­pany, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

This is Car­da­mone’s first time be­ing rec­og­nized as IFA Fran­chisee of the Year. Each fall, the an­nual meet­ing brings to­gether hun­dreds of fran­chis­ing lead­ers to lobby Capi­tol Hill and en­gage in im­por­tant dis­cus­sions with con­gres­sional rep­re­sen­ta­tives about is­sues that im­pact fran­chis­ing.

“I’m hum­bled and very hon­ored to re­ceive this award from the IFA,” Car­da­mone said in the re­lease. “I have been a part of the Hunt­ing­ton fam­ily for a long time, and it has been a won­der­ful jour­ney to see the com­pany grow and ex­pand into new mar­kets. What has made our cen­ter suc­cess­ful, I be­lieve, is that my en­tire staff and I sin­cerely be­lieve in what we do. This or­ga­ni­za­tion helps thou­sands of chil­dren ev­ery year, and it means a lot to me to work with young peo­ple in my own com­mu­nity and help them im­prove in school, pre­pare for col­lege and build new skills. It is mean­ing­ful work, and I’m flat­tered by this ac­co­lade.”

Car­da­mone opened the Wal­dorf Hunt­ing­ton cen­ter in 1999. He is a men­tor to new own­ers in the Hunt­ing­ton fran­chise sys­tem, serves on the Fran­chise Ad­vi­sory Council and has worked with Hunt­ing­ton’s cor­po­rate mar­ket­ing team on the com­pany’s re­brand­ing ef­forts.

Hunt­ing­ton co-founder and Chair­man Ray­mond Hunt­ing­ton de­scribed Car­da­mone as a re­spected leader within the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“Michael is an as­set to Hunt­ing­ton Learn­ing Cen­ters and very de­serv­ing of this award,” he said in the re­lease. “The Wal­dorf Hunt­ing­ton is a shin­ing ex­am­ple of a well-run cen­ter that achieves a high suc­cess rate with the stu­dents who walk through its doors.”

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