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On the Run Dealer Named a National Franchisee of the Year; New York's Harry Singh, Operator Of Five Local On The Run Convenience Stores, Honored By International Franchise Association
FAIRFAX, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 4, 2006--New York City
businessman and ExxonMobil On the Run dealer Harry Singh was recently
singled out as one of only 74 small-business operators from across the
nation for outstanding performance by the International Franchise
Singh, an On the Run franchisee, was nominated for the award by
ExxonMobil, who franchises the On the Run convenience stores, because
of his outstanding performance in all aspects of the convenience store
and fuels business, for his leadership roles on national advisory
boards, for his active role in promoting the growth of the On the Run
brand, and for his support of community activities like the ExxonMobil
"I've always had the burning desire to have my own business," said
Singh. "Ever since my first station opened its doors, I always knew
that the customer and the community were the most important factors in
creating a successful business, and On the Run certainly emphasizes
Singh operates five On the Run convenience stores in the New York
City area - two in Brooklyn and one each in Garden City, East Meadow
and Middle Village. He also operates 13 Mobil-branded service stations
- all in the New York City area.
"When you walk into one of his stores, you'll quickly notice that
it is staffed with smiling people who want to please the customers,"
said Gina Malandra, On the Run, Network Development Coordinator,
ExxonMobil Fuels Marketing. "Harry has so much passion for customer
service he can't help but pass that along to his employees."
Singh believes strongly in supporting the communities where he has
service stations and convenience stores. One example is his
participation in ExxonMobil's Education Alliance program. Education
Alliance is a community-related project that gives local Exxon or
Mobil retailers the opportunity to select a school in their community
and invest in its future through educational grants. Each year,
ExxonMobil provides 4,000 of its retailers $500 grants to support a
local school if its choice. The schools can use the money towards any
All of Singh's locations actively participate in the Education
Alliance program. In addition, Singh matches each ExxonMobil grant
with an additional $500 for each school. In the past year, he has
contributed more than $10,000 to 21 different schools that are putting
the funds towards general education, math and science, and computer
"I strongly believe in the ExxonMobil Education Alliance program
because I see the enthusiasm in the parents and the schools'
administration when they are able to fund new scholarships or the
purchase of needed equipment," Singh says.
Singh also donates bicycle helmets to the elementary schools he
has supported in the ExxonMobil Education Alliance. The helmets are to
encourage bicycle safety during the summer months. He sponsors local
Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.
"What separates Harry from many other operators is his passion for
his employees," said Malandra. "He continuously strives to set an
example for them. His philosophy is to treat his employees exactly as
he would like to be treated. He is proud to say that many employees
have been with his locations since the beginning and have continued to
contribute to the growth of his business."
"Harry's an innovator who thinks outside of the box," said Brett
Atherton, On the Run Merchandise Specialist, ExxonMobil Fuels
Marketing. "His locations always have the latest offerings; every time
On the Run comes out with something new, Harry's got it. There's
always promotional activity at Harry's locations. The employees are
always talking about the promotions and making sure that the customer
is aware of everything going on in the store."
"I'm very grateful for my team of employees, and for their hard
work," Singh said. "Now the challenge is to remain the best franchisee
in the future."
On the Run is ExxonMobil's proprietary brand for its
state-of-the-art convenience store, which is designed to meet rising
consumer expectations for fast service and fresh quality products in a
friendly atmosphere. On the Runs are operated by Exxon- and
Mobil-branded fuel dealers and distributors under a franchise
agreement. Each store is approximately 3,000 to 4,000 square feet and
offer a wide range of name-brand products and food offerings, gourmet
coffee and cold beverages.
ExxonMobil and On the Run are trademarks of Exxon Mobil
Corporation (NYSE:XOM) or one of its subsidiaries.
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SOURCE: Exxon Mobil Corporation