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Local Business Wins Four Awards

Jim Gano receives Crown Trophy's Ben April Award from Founder and President Chuck Weisenfeld. Credits: Brian Litofsky
Jim and Brandon Gano receiving their fifth Sales and Marketing Award in seven years from Crown Trophy founder Chuck Weisenfeld. Credits: Brian Litofsky

FLEMINGTON, NJ -  Crown Trophy of Flemington received four awards at this year's annual franchisee meeting held in Austin, Texas.

Owner Jim Gano and his son Brandon were first called up to receive the Sales and Marketing award for achieving sales growth over a pre-determined limit set by Crown Trophy headquarters in Hawthorne, New York.  This is the fifth time in their seven year history that the Flemington store has received this award.

Next, the Flemington store was one of four stores to be inducted into the $100,000 club this year for sales exceeding that threshold in one month.

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In addition to these awards the Gano’s also became members of Crown Trophy’s Gold Club for exceeding sales for the year at a pre-determined level established by Crown’s Management. “I get singled out a lot when we are recognized,” Gano said, “but I believe Brandon deserves most of the credit for his work and our growth in the sign and custom imprinted apparel divisions this year.”

Gano, a Bridgewater resident, was singled out for the Ben April Award so named in honor of a Crown Trophy franchise owner from Ballwin, Missouri who passed away two years ago.

“Ben was both a friend and a mentor to me. He introduced me to many vendors at the ARA show and would call me often to share ideas or to offer advice when I was first starting out. I miss Ben every day and this award means more to me than any award I have ever received in my career,” Gano said. Crown Trophy Founder Chuck Weisenfeld said of Gano, “Jim is a lot like Ben, he Is always there for our other stores and headquarters staff offering encouragement, support and advice. He has consulted with a few stores which has helped them to grow their business as well.”

Gano added, “I have had a lot of success in my career and feel it would be selfish of me not to share what has worked for me with others. One store owner recently wrote me after I had helped them grow their business by over twenty-five percent a great note that read, ‘We have gone from not knowing how we are going to keep doing this to how are we going to get all this done. Thank you.’ To me that makes it all worth it.”

Also during the conference Brandon Gano was elected to the Crown Trophy Advisory Council in which he will represent about 15 stores nationwide to air their concerns directly to Crown’s corporate management team.

Jim Gano also shares his business knowledge on his weekly radio show Takin’ Care of Business which airs every Thursday at noon at When not working in his store or on his radio show Gano also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce and the newly formed Flemington Community Partnership.

Crown Trophy of Flemington specializes in awards, promotional products, varsity jackets and has recently become known locally as a provider of signage of all types and custom imprinted apparel. The store is located in the Hunterdon Shopping Center at 33 Reaville Avenue.

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