DDI chairman voted Best Franchising Pioneer
Home Accents Today Staff -- Home Accents Today, 8/19/2013 9:07:44 AM
James S. Bugg Sr., chairman of Decorating Den Interiors, was voted Best Franchising Pioneer after a month of online voting.
Bugg was the only home furnishings executive whose biography was listed among 50 pioneers who helped build the $2 trillion franchise industry. DDI is North America's largest interior design and home furnishings franchise company.
"Bugg is a pioneer in the franchise industry because he helped the International Franchise Association open up its membership requirements to include franchisees. At the same time, he was part of the Minorities, Awards, and International Affairs committees, among others," the website reported.
Bugg, who is in the IFA's Hall of Fame, has led Decorating Den Interiors since 1984. His previous franchising experience includes leadership roles with Century 21 Real Estate and Partners Real Estate.
"Franchising is one of the largest drivers of job growth and economic output," said Empowerkit Chief Executive Chris Anderson, whose firm sponsored the website. "We wanted to identify and celebrate the trailblazers who have helped forge the path for the industry's proliferation and success, while increasing public awareness of the economic impact of franchising."
Rounding out the top ten vote recipients were: Don Dwyer, Sr. of the Dwyer Group, Henry Bloch of H&R Block, Richard Rennick of American Leak Detection, JoAnne Shaw of the Coffee Beanery, Ray Kroc of McDonald's, Martha Mitilda Harper of The Harper Hair Parlour, David Thomas of Wendy's, Colonel Harland Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Frederick DeLuca of Subway.
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