Hall of Fame Award Winner: James H. Amos Jr., CFE
Hall of Fame Award Winner
James H. Amos Jr., CFE
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Tasti D-Lite LLC
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.
This year’s Hall of Fame Award winner is Chairman and CEO of Tasti D-Lite, LLC. James H. Amos Jr., CFE, was chosen for his extraordinary contributions to franchising and to the franchising community. His achievements in franchising and his contributions to the IFA as its 2001 chairman and various other leadership positions, counsel to IFA leaders and staff, his commitment to helping veterans enter franchising and mentoring emerging leaders, contributed greatly to the strength of the franchise community.
Amos also serves as chairman of Agile Pursuits Franchising, Inc. (a Procter & Gamble Company), chairman emeritus of Mail Boxes Etc., now The UPS Store, and is an author of three bestsellers and a decorated Vietnam veteran.
Snow Phipps Group, a New York-based private equity firm, and Amos acquired New York-based Tasti D-Lite in 2007. Amos has assembled a world-class franchising team with the goal of opening 500 centers globally. At the end of 2011, Tasti D-Lite acquired Planet Smoothie which has more than 100 units chiefly in Georgia and Florida.
Under Amos’ leadership as chairman and CEO, Mail Boxes Etc. became the world’s largest and fastest growing franchisor of retail business, communication and postal service centers. The MBE Network has nearly 5,000 locations worldwide, with master licensing agreements in more than 80 countries. In 2001, Amos was instrumental in orchestrating the sale of MBE to United Parcel Service which subsequently renamed the system, The UPS Store.
For eight years prior to joining MBE, he was the CEO of the Brice Group in Dallas.
A former Marine Corps captain and veteran of two combat tours in Vietnam, Amos received 12 decorations, including the Purple Heart and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
Amos is the author of several books including the best sellers The Memorial, Focus or Failure: America at the Crossroads, The Transparent Leader, Corporate Giants, Above and Beyond, You Can Do It, The Entrepreneurs’ Creed and Living An Uncommon Life. Penguin Press published his latest work, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Franchising.
Amos has served on or is serving on the board of directors of the National Veteran’s Administration, the Marine Military Academy, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Meineke Car Care Centers, Oreck Corporation, ZigZiglar Corporation, WSI of Canada, the University of Missouri, the HealthStore Foundation and Ken Blanchard’s Faith Walk Leadership Foundation.