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Decorating Den Interiors chairman selected for franchising pioneers website Online votes to name top ten

Easton, Md.—- James S. Bugg, Sr., chairman of Decorating Den Interiors, North America’s largest interior design and home furnishings franchise company, is featured on a new interactive website that pays tribute to pioneers who helped build the $2 trillion franchise industry.

The online career tour has been introduced by North America’s largest interior design and home furnishings franchise company, Decorating Den Interiors. It can be accessed at www.decoratingden.com by clicking on Franchise Information and then the Take our Virtual Tour button.

The website, http://www.empowerkit.com/pioneers/, asks visitors to vote through July 31 for those they think have had the greatest impact on franchising.

“Bugg is a pioneer in the franchise industry because he helped the International Franchise Association open up its membership requirements to include franchisees. At the same time, he was part of the Minorities, Awards, and International Affairs committees, among others,” the website reports. Bugg, who is in the IFA’s Hall of Fame, has led Decorating Den Interiors since 1984. His previous franchising experience includes leadership roles with Century 21 Real Estate and Partners Real Estate.

“Franchising is one of the largest drivers of job growth and economic output,” said Empowerkit Chief Executive Chris Anderson. “We wanted to identify and celebrate the trail blazers who have helped forge the path for the industry’s proliferation and success, while increasing public awareness of the economic impact of franchising.”

“The 10 highest voted pioneers will be a part of an upcoming series that will take a more in-depth look into each individual,” explained Anderson. “We felt that it was important to recognize these innovators, and launching an interactive website was a perfect way to pay homage. Being able to read about each pioneer is inspiring, and we think the voting element will help to make the experience more interactive and engaging for visitors.”

Decorating Den Interiors was founded in 1969. The Bugg family has provided its leadership since 1984. James S.Bugg, Sr., chairman, is former chairman of the International Franchise Association and a member of its Franchise Hall of Fame. Carol Donayre Bugg, ASID, DDCD, author of five books on decorating, serves as vice president and director of design. Her latest book is “Decorating…the Professional Touch,” Each interior decorator has access to thousands of samples of designer window treatments; wall and floor coverings; furniture, lighting and accessories; all brought directly to each client’s home or office Their work is regularly featured in interior decorating magazines, journals and books.

Ross Feltz
Public Relations Counsel
814-414-8215
rfeltz@decoratingden.com

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