Two local business owners have recently earned a prestigious award for their continuous efforts in making customer service a priority at their sports-themed men's hair salon, Sport Clips.

During an award ceremony in Las Vegas, Lori and Jeremy Aydell were recognized by Sport Clips Haircuts CEO and Founder Gordon Logan as the Team Leader of the Year. This award is given to one franchisee, or owner, from over 1,600 locations in the U.S. and Canada based on numerous business metrics and qualitative factors, Jeremy said.

"This is the most prestigious award we’ve ever received as business owners," he said. "To be recognized as the top Team Leader in the nation amongst your peers is very fulfilling and very much a blessing. An owner is only as successful as the managers and employees that work hard on a daily basis to do the right thing and drive our successful team culture at Sport Clips."

The duo have franchised 10 locations, including two in Ascension Parish, two in Baton Rouge, and in Hammond, Covington, Slidell, D'Iberville, Miss., and their newest one in Gulfport, Miss., that is slated to open in August.

Jeremey noted that the Gonzales and Prairieville locations are both nationally highly ranked and the Gonzales store had a large part of winning the award because it has been one of the top opening stores in the nation during its first year.

The local business owner added that through the hard work of their team members, all of their locations have continued to experience significant growth in sales

"We have been able to further develop our managers and team members with various leadership opportunities and additional training which allows us to provide better service to our clients. To maintain this level of growth and quality service, we are always looking for talented stylists who would like to be a part of this culture."