This award was created in 1994 in memory of esteemed IFA member and Postal Instant Press co-founder Bonny LeVine in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments in franchising and of her status as a role model for women in the franchising community. The Bonny LeVine Award is bestowed upon a female franchisor or franchisee who has demonstrated ability in franchising as evidenced by her contributions to the growth of the business; contributions to her community through board positions, volunteer work and activities that promote the professional advancement of women; and her contributions as a mentor to women in franchising.
In January, Catherine Monson became CEO of FASTSIGNS International. Monson's experience in franchising began in 1980 at Sir Speedy where she launched a career in franchise sales. She rose through the ranks over the next 16 years from western regional operations manager to vice president of franchise development to chief marketing officer. After Franchise Services, Inc., parent company of Sir Speedy, acquired MultiCopy, a European printing franchisor, Monson directed MultiCopy's operations. Monson became president and COO of PIP Printing, another FSI company, in 1999.
The main challenge facing Monson at PIP was to turnaround a Failing company and rebuild relationships with franchisees. During her time with the company, the renewal rate increased to 80 percent. In 2007, PIP ranked 53rd in Franchise Business Review's annual franchisee satisfaction survey of more than 300 companies. Monson served as a role model to...