This award, IFA's oldest and most prestigious, is presented to an IFA member, past or present, who exemplifies the optimum in franchising and has contributed significantly to the advancement of franchising and the franchising community.
Serial entrepreneur James S. Bugg Sr.'s, CFE, career started during his college years when he sold Kirby vacuum cleaners door-to-door. Following a 15-year stint with Kirby, he created Fairfax Industries, co-founded the National Acceptance Corp. and became president of Merrill Laboratories and International Cosmetics. In 1970, Bugg became a regional director of Century 21 and in his short time there guided the opening of 325 franchises. In 1979 he co-founded Partners Real Estate and helped sell 425 franchises in just three years. In 1985 he was appointed president and CEO of Decorating Den Systems and currently presides as chairman and owner. The company now encompasses more than 500 units in the United States and Canada.
Much how Bugg inspired growth and progress throughout each of these business enterprises, his dedication and quest for service excellence were also prominent during his years of involvement with the International Franchise Association. In cooperation with 1993 IFA Chairman C. Stephen Lynn, CFE, Bugg helped pioneer the effort to open IFA's membership rolls to franchisees. Under Bugg's chairmanship in 1994, the association's board of directors formally approved franchisee-inclusion--a major milestone in IFA's history. In addition to the 11 years he served on the IFA's board of directors, Bugg chaired and served on several other committees including Awards; Marketing and Public Relations; Minorities in Franchising, International Affairs; and Long-Range Planning.
Bugg has been recognized for his achievements' earning the East Coast Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Institute of American Entrepreneurs and being named Washingtonian of the Year in 2007 by Washingtonian magazine. His contributions to the community include serving as chairman...