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Franchise Entrepreneur Named to Association’s Hall of Fame

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WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 10 – Charlwood Pacific Group Chairman and CEO U. Gary Charlwood was named to the International Franchise Association’s Hall of Fame today during the association’s 48th annual convention being conducted at the Marriott World Center in Orlando.

IFA, the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising, first bestowed this award nearly 30 years ago to honor members who exemplify the optimum in franchising and have made significant contributions toward the advancement of the industry.  The association’s members operate in more than 80 industries and in more than 100 countries.

German-born Charlwood moved to London as a child, and later attended Southampton University on a scholarship before beginning his career in the travel industry.  In 1966, Charlwood moved to Canada with only $2,000 and became an airline representative in Vancouver.  After moving up the ranks he went into business for himself, selling residential real estate.  By 1975 he and a partner purchased the master franchise rights to Century 21 Canada.  In 1979, Charlwood created the UNIGLOBE Travel franchise.              

Charlwood has advanced the principles of franchising throughout each of his organizations and expanded them internationally.  Today, the companies he chairs represent more than 1700 franchised locations worldwide.  Century 21 Canada has more than 400 locations and 6,700 salespeople.  Centum Financial Group, a mortgage brokerage franchise, has 175 locations with more than 4,800 agents.  UNIGLOBE Travel International has more than 700 locations in more than 33 countries around the world.  Century 21 Asia Pacific has more than 420 locations in nine countries.

Charlwood’s experience as both franchisor and franchisee enabled him to foster relationships, design systems and programs incorporating the needs of the franchisees into his various business organizations.  Through his organizations, he has contributed substantial resources during the past 20 years including more than $6 million to the Easter Seals Campaign, and lends considerable support to Plan International through its Girls Education Initiative in Guinea, West Africa.

His professional involvement in the IFA includes serving as the first non-U.S. citizen chairman, and chairing many committees including the Executive Committee and Franchise Relations Committee.  In 1991 he was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the association.

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Editor’s Note:  To request a JPEG of U. Gary Charlwood, contact the IFA Media Relations Department at 202-628-8000.