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Brian Scudamore: founder and CEO 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

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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 "entrepreneural sprit" 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.

When he was just 18, Brian Scudamore invested $700 in an old pickup truck and founded The Rubbish Boys, a company that 10 years later became 1-800-GOT-JUNK? As CEO of the Vancouver-based company, Scudamore began franchising his brand and in just five years guided the company to expand to more than 275 franchise locations. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is now the world's largest junk removal service with more than 330 locations in three countries, 45 U.S. states and nine Canadian provinces.

Scudamore's public relations tactics drove his business to the state it is today. While creating brand awareness for his company he also generated a positive awareness for franchising. As CEO, he has taken it upon himself to mentor thousands of franchisees and prospective franchise entrepreneurs. The company's corporate headquarters, the Junktion, hosts weekly tours of the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? business model and offers a question and answer session guided by Scudamore himself. More than 1,500 individuals have learned about franchising through the tours.

In addition to being featured in more than 4,000 news stories for its successes, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has been honored as 97th on the Franchise 500 list and tenth in Franchise Business Reviews' Top 50 list for franchisee satisfaction. Scudamore was inducted into the Young President's Organization in 2004, served on the board of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization, won the Fortune Small Business Best Bosses Award and was a finalist in the 2007 Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is a VetFran participant; and Scudamore currently sits on the IFA's Franchisor Forum.
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS

YEAR WINNER COMPANY

2006 Paul R. Hogan Home Instead Senior Care
2005 John Hewitt Liberty Tax Service
2004 Mary Ellen Sheets Two Men And A Truck
2003 Russell Umphenour RTM Restaurant Group
2002 Steven J. Greenbaum, CFE PostNet International
 Franchise Corp.
2001 David G. McKinnon Service Brands International
2000 Sidney Feltenstein Yorkshire Global Restaurants
1999 Robert Funk, CFE Express Services
1998 Frank Belatti AFC Enterprises
1997 Richard B. Rennick, CFE American Leak Detection
1996 Anthony W. DeSio Mail Boxes Etc.
1995 Abe Gustin, Jr. Applebee's International Inc.
1994 Julie and Bill Brice The Brice Group
1993 Shigeharu Komai Duskin Co.
1992 Joseph Francis, Sr. The Barbers, Hairstyling Inc.
1991 U. Gary Charlwood, CFE Uniglobe Travel International
 Limited Partnership
1990 Anthony Martino, CFE MAACO Enterprises
1989 Al Copeland Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits
1988 Frederick A. DeLuca, CFE Subway Restaurants
1987 W. J. Hindman, CFE 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.
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Publication:Franchising World
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Date:Feb 1, 2008
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