Robert F. Bennett, president and chief executive officer of the Franklin International Institute, has been named by Inc. Magazine, Arthur Young and the Denver Business Journal as a regional entrepreneur of the year and will compete for national honors next fall.
If selected, Bennett and his company will be featured in the magazine's January 1990 cover story on the entrepreneur of the year. Bennett was selected from more than 210 nominees in the Rocky Mountain Region and won in the category of "in business less than five years."The award is given to honor individuals and companies whose ingenuity, hard work and innovation have created successful and growing business ventures, according to a magazine spokesman.
In addition to teaching time management seminars, the institute produces the Franklin Day Planner and a full line of accessories. The company has doubled its sales every year and now the institute trains 10,000 people annually and counts among its clients Rockwell International, General Motors, Chrysler Corp., Dow Chemical, Apple Computers, MCI, Hewlett Packard and Merrill Lynch.
When Bennett joined the company in 1984, there were four full-time employees. Now it has 300 employees in the Decker Lake Industrial Park offices in West Valley City.