Junk Removal Founder Awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by International Franchise Association



    VANCOUVER, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Founder and CEO Brian
Scudamore took a step closer to realizing a global dream today, accepting the
International Franchise Association's Entrepreneur of the Year award at the
IFA annual convention in Orlando, Florida.
    In accepting the award, Scudamore stretches his junk removal company's
international footprint, joining the ranks of Frederick DeLuca of Subway and
Anthony DeSio of Mail Boxes Etc., both previous winners of the prestigious
award.
    "We are building a globally admired brand, and the IFA is the world's
largest and most trusted franchise association," said Scudamore, "Not only is
this a great achievement for our company, it's also an honor to be recognized
by such a reputable organization among business leaders I greatly respect."
    When Scudamore was 18 he invested $700 in an old pickup truck and founded
the Rubbish Boys. By 1999 Scudamore had changed the name of his
Vancouver-based company to 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and began franchising the business.
Less than 10 years later 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is the World's Largest Junk Removal
Company with more than 330 locations across North America and Australia and
annual sales nearing $150M.
    As CEO, Scudamore has mentored thousands of franchisees and prospective
entrepreneurs. In 2004 he was inducted into the Young President's
Organization. He's served on the board of the Young Entrepreneurs'
Organization, won the Fortune Small Business Best Boss Award and was named one
of Canada's Top 40 under 40 in business in 2005. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? also
participates in the IFA's VetFran program, which gives discounts to veterans
who are looking to transition their skills into civilian life.
    The IFA credited 1-800-GOT-JUNK?'s excellent communications strategy for
creating brand awareness and driving the company to its current success, as
well as generating positive awareness for franchising in general.

    About 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

    1-800-GOT-JUNK? is pioneering an industry that is helping people remove
junk, de-clutter, and live cleaner, better lives. Whether it's an old sofa or
a pile of junk in the garage, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? removes it for you. Founded in
1989, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? operates in all major metros across North America
including Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

    About the International Franchise Association

    Founded nearly 50 years ago, the International Franchise Association is
the world's largest and oldest trade group representing franchised small
businesses spanning 80 different industries that operate in more than 100
countries. IFA's membership includes more than 1,300 franchisors, more than
10,000 franchisees and 500 suppliers of products and services to the industry.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Tania Hall, Senior PR Manager,
1-800-GOT-JUNK?, (866) 483-7042, Tania.hall@1800gotjunk.com; Terry Hill, Vice
President of Communications, International Franchise Association, (202)
628-8000

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