Past IFA Major Award Winners

IFA Past Award Winners:

The IFA major awards are intended to identify and recognize publicly those individuals who have contributed most to making franchising the acknowledged leader in distribution methods. By publicizing the accomplishments of those pioneers who introduced many new innovations while developing successful systems, it was hoped a new generation of leaders would be inspired to reach those same high levels of accomplishment. Below please find a list of past winners for the four major awards. 

HALL OF FAME AWARD
IFA first introduced an Awards Program when it established the Hall of Fame Award in 1979. As the Association's oldest and most prestigious honor, it is conferred upon legendary franchisors who are pioneers in franchising and/or founders of companies whose unassailable track records are examples of the best in franchising. This award was intended to identify and recognize publicly those individuals who, as franchisors, had contributed most to making franchising the acknowledged leader in distribution methods. By publicizing the accomplishments of those pioneers who introduced many new innovations while developing successful systems, it was hoped a new generation of leaders would be inspired to reach those same high levels of accomplishment.

  • 2020 Jerry Crawford, CFE, Jani-King International, Inc.
  • 2019 Gordon Logan, Sport Clips
  • 2018 Steve Romaniello, Roark Capital Group
  • 2017 Tariq Farid, Edible Arrangements
  • 2016 Russ Frith, Lawn Doctor
  • 2015 Mike and Marian Ilitch, Little Caesars
  • 2014 Steve Siegel, Brookside Consulting
  • 2013 Thomas S. Monaghan, Domino's Pizza
  • 2013 James H. Maynard, Golden Corral
  • 2013 Conrad N. Hilton, Hilton Hotels
  • 2013 Anthony A. Martino, MAACO
  • 2013 John Willard Marriott, Marriott Corporation
  • 2012 Sid Feltenstein, IFA Past Chairman
  • 2011 Jim Amos, Tasti D-Lite
  • 2010 Lawrence “DOC” Cohen, Cookie Associates, Ltd.
  • 2009 Robert Funk, CFE Express Employment Professionals
  • 2008 James Bugg, Sr., CFE INTERIORS by Decorating Den
  • 2007 U. Gary Charlwood, CFE Charlwood Pacific Group
  • 2006 Don Dwyer, Sr. The Dwyer Group
  • 2005 David and Gail Liniger Re/Max International
  • 2004 Frederick DeLuca, CFE Subway
  • 2003 Ralph Wieger, CFE Midas Muffler
  • 2002 Irl H. Marshall, CFE Duraclean International
  • 2001 Bruce C. Cotton, CFE Jerrico, Inc.
  • 2000 Lloyd T. Tarbutton, CFE Econo Lodge International
  • 1999 Joseph & Florence Francis The Barbers
  • 1998 Robert Rosenberg, CFE Dunkin’ Donuts, Inc.
  • 1997 C. Stephen Lyyn, CFE Shoney’s, Inc.
  • 1996 James W.  McLamore Burger King Corp.
  • 1996 Nate H. Sherman Midas International Corp.
  • 1995 E. Jan Hartmann, CFE Ziebart International Corp.
  • 1994 F.C. “Bud” Hadfield Kwik Kopy Corp.
  • 1993 David Thomas Wendy’s International
  • 1992 Bill & Bonny LeVine, CFE Postal Instant Press
  • 1991 Frank Carney, CFE Pizza Hut, Inc.
  • 1990 Marion Wade ServiceMaster
  • 1989 Kemmons Wilson Holiday Inns, Inc.
  • 1988 Irvine Robbins Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream
  • 1987 Arthur Bartlett Century 21 Real Estate Corp.
  • 1986 Ray Kroc McDonald’s Corp.
  • 1986 Col. Harland Sanders KFC Corp.
  • 1986 Palmer Waslien Southland Corp.
  • 1986 Seiichi Suzuki Duskin Co., Ltd.
  • 1985 Warren Rosenthal Jerrico Inc.
  • 1984 Elmer Winter Manpower Inc.
  • 1983 Ray Burch Schwinn Bicycle Co.
  • 1982 Bernard Browning, CFE General Business Services
  • 1981 Henry Block H&R Block Inc.
  • 1980 A.L. Tunick Chicken Delight
  • 1979 William Rosenburg, CFE Dunkin’ Donuts, Inc.

 
BONNY LEVINE AWARD

In 1994, the Bonny LeVine Award was established in memory of Bonny LeVine, co-founder of PIP Printing, in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments in franchising and of her status as a role model for women in the franchise community. The recipient may be a woman whose role as a franchisor, franchisee or supplier meets the established criteria.

  • 2020 Shannon Wilburn, CFE, Just Between Friends
  • 2019 Amy Cheng, Cheng Cohen, LLC
  • 2018 Jania Bailey, FranNet
  • 2017 Jo Kirchner, Primrose Schools
  • 2016 Rhoda Olsen, Great Clips
  • 2015 Therese Thilgen, Franchise Update Media Group
  • 2014 Yoshino Nakajima, Home Instead Senior Care
  • 2013 Barbara Moran-Goodrich, Moran Family of Brands
  • 2012 Mary Kennedy Thompson, Mr. Rooter
  • 2011 Susan Black-Beth, Super Wash, Inc. 
  • 2010 Lynette Mckee, Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.
  • 2009 Melanie Bergeron, CFE Two Men And A Truck Intl.
  • 2008 Catherine Monson, FASTSIGNS International, Inc.
  • 2007 Jeanne Kennedy Meineke
  • 2006 Mary Rogers Abrakadoodle
  • 2005 Joyce Mazero, Haynes & Boone Franchise & Distribution Group
  • 2004 Nikki Sells, CFE, Express Personnel  
  • 2003 Terrian Barnes, YUM! Brands, Inc.
  • 2002 Lorrie Rennick, CFE American Leak Detection
  • 2001 Dina Dwyer-Owens, CFE The Dwyer Group
  • 2001 Martha Matilda Harper Harper Hairdressing Salons
  • 2000 Margaret McEntire Candy Bouquet International
  • 1999 Arleen Goodman KOA
  • 1998 Linda Burzynski, CFE Molly Maid, Inc.
  • 1997 Jackie Trujillo, CFE Harman Management Corp.
  • 1996 Hala Moddelmog Church’s Chicken
  • 1995 Regina Gardner Uniglobe Travel, Inc.
  • 1994 JoAnne Shaw, CFE The Coffee Beanery, Ltd


ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD

In 1982, added the Entrepreneur of the Year award to the Awards Program. The Entrepreneur of the Year Award was established to recognize an individual while he or she was in the process of building a successful business venture. Franchisors, franchisees and suppliers are all eligible for this award. They must exemplify the "entrepreneurial spirit" that franchising represents.

  • 2020 Scott Svenson, Co-Founder & CEO, and Ally Svenson, Chief Purpose Officer, MOD Pizza
  • 2019 Chuck Runyon & Chuck Mortensen, Self Esteem Brands
  • 2018 David Long, Orangetheory Fitness
  • 2017 Eileen Huntington, Huntington Learning Center
  • 2016 Gordon Logan, Sport Clips
  • 2015 Guillermo Perales, Sun Holdings
  • 2014 Aslam Khan, Falcon Holdings
  • 2013 Scott Hillstrom, HealthStore Foundation
  • 2012 Peter Cancro, Jersey Mikes Subs
  • 2011 John Rotche, BELFOR Franchise Group
  • 2010 Margaret McClain McEntire, Candy Bouquet International, Inc.
  • 2009 Shelly Sun, CFE BrightStar Franchising LLC
  • 2008 Tariq Farid Edible Arrangements
  • 2007 Brian Scudamore 1-800-GOT-JUNK?
  • 2006 Paul Hogan Home Instead Senior Care
  • 2005 John Hewitt Liberty Tax Service
  • 2004 Mary Ellen Sheets Two Men And A Truck Intl.
  • 2003 Russ Umphenour RTM Restaurant Group (Arby’s)
  • 2002 Steven J. Greenbaum, CFE PostNet International
  • 2001 David McKinnon Service Brands International
  • 2000 Sidney Feltenstein Yorkshire Restaurants
  • 1999 Robert A. Funk, CFE Express Personnel Services
  • 1998 Frank J. Belatti AFC Enterprises
  • 1997 Richard Rennick, CFE American Leak Detection
  • 1996 Anthony W. DeSio Mail Boxes, Etc.
  • 1995 Abe Gustin, Jr. Applebee’s International, Inc.
  • 1994 Julie & Bill Brice The Brice Group
  • 1993 Shigehuru Komai Duskin Co., Ltd.
  • 1992 Joseph Francis, Sr.  The Barbers
  • 1991 U. Gary Charlwood, CFE Uniglobe Travel International Limited Partnership
  • 1990 Anthony Martino, CFE MAACO Enterprises
  • 1989 Al Copeland Popeyes Chicken
  • 1988 Fred DeLuca, CFE Subway
  • 1987 W. J. Hindman Jiffy Lube International Inc.
  • 1986 Thomas Monaghan Domino’s Pizza, Inc.
  • 1985 John Brown, Jr. KFC Corp.
  • 1984 J. Willard Marriott Marriott Corp.
  • 1983 Frank Carney, CFE Pizza Hut, Inc.
  • 1982 Kemmons Wilson Holiday Inns, Inc.

 
RONALD E. HARRISON AWARD

In 2004, the Ronald E. Harrison Award was designed to recognize organizations and/or individuals who have made significant contributions to minorities in franchising either within their franchise organization or within the franchise community. This award is open to any organization and/or individual from an IFA member company, past or present, whether franchisor, franchisee or supplier. 

  • 2020 PepsiCo
  • 2019 Daniel Halpern, Jackmont Hospitality
  • 2018 Earsa Jackson, Clark Hill Strasburger
  • 2017 Ali Nekumanesh, Deli Delicious
  • 2016 Ferenz Feher, Feher & Feher
  • 2015 Rick Davidson, Century 21 Real Estate
  • 2014 Rafael Alvarez, ATAX Franchise, Inc.
  • 2013 John C. Draper, V&J Holdings Companies, Inc.
  • 2012 Yum! Brands
  • 2011 Aslam Khan, Falcon Holdings
  • 2010 Stan Friedman, FranConnect
  • 2009 Steve Romaniello, CFE` Roark Capital Group
  • 2008 Linda Alvarado Palo Alto, Inc.  
  • 2007 Gerald Fernandez Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance
  • 2006 Patricia Harris McDonald’s Corp.
  • 2005 Marriott International
  • 2004 Ronald E. Harrison, CFE PepsiCo

 IFA FOUNDATION WILLIAM ROSENBERG LEADERSHIP AWARD
In the 1980s, William Rosenberg took his love for franchising and the IFA further by helping to establish IFA's Educational Foundation, which now helps thousands in franchising to learn about the franchise business model. To honor Rosenberg, IFA's Foundation has offered the William Rosenberg Leadership Award to many franchise leaders. The award is given annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to franchise education, and to the IFA Foundation through research, teaching, fundraising or other activities or service.

  • 2021 Gordon Logan, Sport Clips
  • 2020 Jerry Crawford, Jani-King International
  • 2019 David McKinnon, CFE, Radiance Holdings
  • 2018 Michael Isakson, CFE, Insight to Execution
  • 2017 Steve Romaniello, CFE, Roark Capital Group
  • 2016 John Reynolds, CFE, International Franchise Association
  • 2015 Lawrence "Doc" Cohen, CFE, Doc & Associates
  • 2014 Dennis Wieczorek, DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • 2013 Jim Squire, CFE, Franchise Marketing Advisors
  • 2012 Philip Zeidman, DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • 2011 Michael Roman, CFE, ExxonMobil Corporation
  • 2010 Leonard Swartz, CFE, iFranchise Group
  • 2009 Ron Harrison, CFE, RE/MAX, LLC
  • 2008 Irl Marshall, CFE, Franchise Consulting Services
  • 2007 Dick Rennick, CFE, ZeeHunter
  • 2006 Sidney Feltenstein, Sagittarius Consultants
  • 2005 Russell Frith, CFE, Lawn Doctor, Inc.
  • 2004 Kathryn Morgan, CFE, IFA Foundation
  • 2003 Lewis Rudnick, DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • 2002 Eugene Getchell, CFE, International Franchise Association
  • 2001 William Cherkasky, CFE 
  • 2000 Arthur Karp, Great American Chocolate Chip Cookie Company

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