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Preferred Care at Home’s 2014 Annual Convention Celebrates Accomplishments of Owners from Across the Nation

2013 Top Producers with Preferred Care at Home founders Frank and Jody Guerrieri.
From left to right: Jason Groth, Mike Barnhard, Jody Guerrieri, Frank Guerrieri, and Bob Mlynarek.

DELRAY BEACH, FLA., May 13, 2014 – Preferred Care at Home’s annual convention was held on April 29-May 1 at the beach side Marriott in sunny Delray Beach.  The theme “Up, Up & Away: The Sky’s the Limit”, perfectly captured the goal of the convention: to celebrate the impact Preferred Care at Home owners have in their communities and to encourage them to greater heights.

Franchise owners received up-to-date information on labor laws and client contracts from Attorney Bob E. King, who has practiced labor and employment law in Orange County, California, for 15 years. He works with home care agencies nationwide advising on employment law, contracts and more.

Yet, perhaps the most beneficial part of the conference was hearing from other franchise owners as they spoke on how they have grown their business. From referral marketing and direct mail campaigns to office structure and financial planning, franchise owners spoke from personal experience and shared powerful stories.

“Simply put, attending the Annual Convention turned out to be the best thing I did for my business this year,” said John Kerns, owner of Preferred Care at Home Chattanooga, TN, “It is an invaluable resource for franchise owners, and what I took away from the experience will no doubt be reflected in significant improvement in this year’s bottom line.”

Nineteen home-care franchises from across the country received the Presidential Awards. The states with honored offices include: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas.

Three Firefighters Dedicated to Excellent Caregiver Support and Client Care Receive “Top Producer” Award

Jason Groth, Mike Barnhard, and Bob Mlynarek, owners of Preferred Care at Home of Macomb County, Michigan, earned the highest honor as Preferred Care at Home’s “Top Producer.”  These three firefighters are known in their community for their exceptional care of both the clients and caregivers. Whether changing a flat tire for a caregiver in Detroit or preforming a home safety check for their senior clients, their spirit of service is what sets them apart.

“Bob, Mike and Jason have dedicated their life to service, and it makes all the difference for the office staff, caregivers, and clients,” says Jody Guerrieri, R.N., vice president of Preferred Care at Home. “They are always looking for ways to serve their community, which continues to propel them to the next level.”

Preferred Care at Home of Northwest Louisiana, owners Scott Green and Robert Smith, received “Rookie of the Year” Award for 2013. Green and Smith were the highest grossing Rookie of the Year since the founding of Preferred Care at Home.

Home-Care Offices in 13 States Receive 19 Remaining Presidential Awards

The following awards were given for meeting mile markers for top production and service during 2013.

Pinnacle- 1 Carat Diamond

Bob Mlynarek, Jason Groth, and Mike Barnhard, Macomb County, Michigan

Pinnacle- Platinum

Suzanne Hickel, Anchorage, Alaska

4-Carat Diamond

John Kerns, Chattanooga, Tennessee


Gary Knox, Lansing & Grand Rapids, Michigan
Mario Parker, Bergen, Morris & Essex, New Jersey
Mark and Stacy McQuade, Birmingham, Alabama
Scott Sutherland, Greater Kansas City, Kansas


Rita Scott, Denver, Colorado
Stephanie Saunders, Lorain County, Ohio
Green and Robert Smith, Northwest Louisiana
Barbara Brewer, South Nashville, Tennessee
Deborah Langrock, Pinellas County, Florida


Danny and Young Chu, Central Contra Costa, California
Dennis Clifford and Patricia Wissel, North Nashville, Tennessee
Austin and Kimberly Ewing, North Dallas, Texas


Peggy McCord, Jacksonville, Florida
Robin Wilkie-Naylor, Northeast Orlando, Florida
Robert and Toni Petruzzo, Central Coastal San Diego, California
Jill & George Malanga, Northwest New Jersey

About Preferred Care at Home

Since 1984, the founders of Preferred Care at Home have been dedicated to providing reliable, compassionate and affordable home care. This care improves quality of life while safeguarding independence and dignity. Services include companionship, meal preparation, hygiene assistance, medication reminders, transportation and more. Preferred Care at Home is a nationally franchised company with headquarters in Delray Beach, Florida.

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