Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner Shelly Sun, CFE
February 2010 Franchising World
First presented in 1982, this award is conferred upon an individual who is currently building a successful business venture. The recipient need not be an IFA member, but must exemplify the “entrepreneurial spirit” that franchising represents. He or she must demonstrate innovative management skills and be a risk taker in a franchise that has been in operation for at least three years, while remaining active in his or her community.
Shelly Sun, CFE
CEO and Co-founder BrightStar
As the leader of BrightStar, a health-care staffing company, Shelly Sun, CFE, enables the firm to provide the full continuum of care, from homecare to supplemental staffing for corporate clients such as nursing homes and physicians. At BrightStar’s inception, Sun, along with her husband and co-founder, J.D., launched its franchising efforts in 2005, becoming the first and only franchising company in the United States to specialize in both medical and non-medical care and health-care staffing. In three years, the company has grown from one company-owned store to more than 160 locations nationwide.
Sun is a member of the IFA board of directors as well as the IFA Membership and FranPAC committees. She was selected as the Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners in 2006, was on the 50 fastestgrowing, woman-owned companies listed in Entrepreneur magazine in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and was honored as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist in 2008 and 2009. Sun was also named the “Franchise Queen” by Crain’s Chicago Business.
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is presented to an individual who is currently building a successful business venture, demonstrates innovative management skills in a franchise that has been in operation at least three years and is active in the community.
Based in Chicago, BrightStar is a full-service health-care staffing agency that provides medical and non-medical homecare to private clients within their homes, as well as supplemental healthcare staff to corporate clients. BrightStar is a home health-care provider that offers both medical and non-medical homecare, available to all clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.