Shelly Sun was selected as the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Entrepreneur of the Year for 2009, becoming not only the youngest recipient of this impressive award, but also only the second female recipient. In 2011, Shelly and BrightStar were featured on the hit CBS series “Undercover Boss.” She was also recognized by the Women Presidents Organization and American Express Open as #1 in their Top 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Led Organizations in 2011, moving up from #2 in 2010.
Shelly, in her own words…
My passion for franchising led Brian Schnell, my dear friend, mentor and attorney, to recommend I consider starting a consulting company to help franchisors “do it right.” With the thought of the consulting company still percolating, I headed a few weeks later to Ft. Lauderdale to the Emerging Franchisor conference to deliver the keynote speech. I shared our journey with a presentation that highlighted the top 7 things we did right and the top 7 things that we didn’t do right the first time, but learned from and would benefit the audience to avoid. Afterwards, I had several attendees come up and say “you should write a book…take these lessons and expand them into full chapters.” I filed it away thinking about running a company, being a wife and a mother of twin five year old boys and thought how could I find the time.