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Minnesota’s Geri and Jerry Kottschade take home Abra Franchisee of the Year award

Franchisee of the Year is the highest award given in the Abra family and represents the top performer in the Abra network

Mankato, Minn.—Geri and Jerry Kottschade, owners of Jerry’s Abra in Mankato, Minn., are Abra Franchisee of the Year for 2023. Franchisee of the year is the highest award given in the Abra family, and it represents the top performer in the Abra network. The winner was chosen on criteria such as leadership among the Abra network, excellent performance, mentorship of other franchise owners and support for the entire Abra family.

Abra’s Franchisee of the Year award year goes to an exemplary team who has been with the network since 2015. Geri Kottschade is one of the founders of WIN, the Women’s Industry Network. Now, she has gotten her daughter integrated with WIN, an organization that encourages women to get involved and make their voices heard in a male-dominated industry.

The Kottschades have also attended networking events, local career fairs, and more. “We are amazed with this award,” said Geri Kottschade. “It is truly an honor for our entire team to be recognized. It’s an incredible cap to a long, rewarding career. We have a retirement party coming up so we’ll definitely celebrate then.”

Each year, this location partners with the Mankato MoonDogs to support local families affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and also supports NABC Recycled Rides. Jerry’s Abra has been a community staple for over 50 years.

The awards were presented at a gala event where Abra, CARSTAR and Fix Auto USA franchise partners gathered to celebrate the inaugural Driven Brands U.S. collision repair joint conference, along with Driven Brands team members, vendors, and industry leaders from across the U.S. The Evolution 2023 conference ran Thursday, Sept. 28 – 30, at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Fla. The 2023 Driven Brands U.S collision conference featured two days of education, discussions, and networking opportunities capped off with a charity golf event.

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