Stevie Gold-Sawsan


Women Around the World Recognized at Event in New York

IRVING, TEXAS – November 11, 2023 – SHAWARMA PRESS CEO, SAWSAN ABUBLAN has been named the winner of a GOLD Stevie® Award in the WOMAN OF THE YEAR-FRANCHISING category in the 20th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor the achievements of women executives, entrepreneurs, employees, and the companies they run– worldwide. The Stevie Award have been hailed as the world’s premier business award.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards were presented to winners last night during a gala event attended by nominees and their guests at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. The event was broadcast via Livestream.

More than 1,600 entries were submitted this year for consideration in more than 100 categories, including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Company of the Year, Startup of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Women Run Workplace of the Year. SHAWARMA PRESS CEO, SAWSAN ABUBLAN won in the GOLD Stevie® Award in the WOMAN OF THE YEAR-FRANCHISING.

Judge’s Comments

Mrs. Sawsan Abublan, CEO Woman of the Year-Franchising

  • The following are all judges’ comments on this entry. We have not edited or curated the comments in any way:
    The inventiveness and courageous journey of Mrs. Sawsan Abublan is inspiring and motivating. She deserves all the recognition!!


  • Sawsan Abublan accomplishments in the franchising and food industries are remarkable. Her business’ presence is personally rewarding and beneficial to the multitudes. Her business model and passion will take her even further in her endeavors.


  • Great quality of information and metrics provided in the storytelling. Worthy application!
    Established in ability to create a network of the business and also provide service to the community and women network.


  • Appreciated the real focus on DEI while growing; keeping true to values and promises, while innovating through the value chain.


  • Mrs. Abublan’s achievements stand out due to her innovative approach to expansion through non-traditional channels like Walmart, ensuring product quality through a dedicated commissary, and her commitment to community engagement and DEI. These achievements are unique in the fast-casual restaurant industry and demonstrate her dedication to excellence.


  • Astonishing compelling entries, one of the best I have read! Your efforts to grow your business through franchise beside a unique expansion model through Walmart are impressive, and I loved the creativity within the described campaigns. Keep going and Congratulations!


  • Sawsan has mixed her passion for her culture with expertise in the food industry in establishing a thriving business that’s scalable and could potentially compete with other leading brands in the Food & beverage space.
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