Phil Klemme

The Grounds Guys of Union recently was presented with two awards during The Dwyer Group’s 32nd annual reunion and recognition held in San Antonio, Texas.

The Dwyer Group is a franchisor of seven service-based franchise brands that includes The Grounds Guys.

Phil Klemme, Union franchise owner, attended the convention that featured attendees from a network of 1,600 franchise locations around the world that account for more than $800 million in system-wide sales.

The Grounds Guys of Union was awarded the market penetration award for the second year in a row, as well as the “Top Gun” award at the admiral level, the highest level attainable.

Top Gun recognizes franchise owners who are in the top 2.5 percent of sales volume for the award year.

The market penetration award is given to the franchise that has the highest per capita sales within their region.

“I’m thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of The Grounds Guys network and that we’re working with the systems that have been introduced by the company — which have enabled us to meet our immediate and longer term goals,” Klemme said.

Klemme added that the company is still “a long way” from having everything put into place.

“The level of service at which we wish to perform is a work in progress and we look forward to getting that much better in the upcoming year by putting even more systems in place,” he said.

Klemme, who has been in the landscaping business for more than 30 years, joined the franchise in 2012.