A day to remember! The GYG Experience 2023 Annual Summit

27 October 2023
By GYG Team


Recently the global Guzman y Gomez family gathered for the 2023 GYG Experience Summit and what an epic event it turned out to be! It was a whirlwind of inspiration, connection, and passion that made us all aware that we are truly part of something special!

The atmosphere was electric as 350+ GYG franchisees, Hola Central staff and special guests gathered in Sydney. Our MCs kicked us off in style with some impressive dance moves before the keynote address from Founder and CO-CEO Steven Marks and a Q&A session with Steven and our newly unveiled CO-CEO Hilton Brett.

Throughout the day we heard from several of GYG’s leaders on the future plans for the business and were treated to two insightful panels; the first panel with a group of GYG’s Investors, the second with some of our inspiring franchisees.

The undisputed highlight of the day was the recognition of our long serving GYG team members and the awarding of the Yellow Heart Awards – the Oscars of the GYG world.

A heartfelt congratulations to Paul Mullins, the recipient of the prestigious Hola Central Yellow Heart Award. Paul, your outstanding contribution has left an indelible mark on the way GYG operates and your win is truly well-deserved. 💛

A special shoutout goes to Paul O’Neill and Rosa O’Neill, who exemplify drive, humility, and kindness in their management of GYG restaurants, their commitment to their crew members, and their support for the GYG Brand. Your Franchisee Yellow Heart Award is a testament to your exceptional dedication. 💛

A huge thank you to Commonwealth Bank, who have had GYG’s back and gone above and beyond to help us achieve our business objectives. They were a very worthy winner of our Yellow Heart for Supplier of the Year. 💛

A special shoutout also goes out to the following Hola Central staff and franchisees who have clocked up 10+ years at GYG:

Alison Walsh
Andrew Brand
Craig Mangini
Eduadro Maradiegue
Josh Bell
Kamrul Hasan
Melanie Cribb
Michael Timbs
Monica Valles
Natalie Henriques
Nick Stephens
Paul O’Neill
Robert Hazan
Ruben Henriques
Simon Allen
Steven Marks
Tom Graham
Troy Williams