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Uniglobe, Chairman Charlwood Earn Hall Of Fame Award

Tour Operator | Uniglobe Travel Center | Lisa Iannucci | June 17, 2016

Uniglobe, Chairman Charlwood Earn Hall Of Fame Award

PHOTO: Uniglobe founder Gary Charlwood, center, was presented with the Hall of Fame award on behalf of the group on April 18 at the CFA National Convention in Ottawa (Photo courtesy of Uniglobe)

It’s always nice to be recognized for excelling in your industry.

At the annual conference of the Canadian Franchise Association in April, the Charlwood Pacific Group – parent company of Uniglobe Travel Center – was presented with the CFA Hall of Fame award, which is given to companies for innovative business practices that have driven franchisee success.

Charlwood Pacific Group, with headquarters in British Columbia, is the franchise owner of Uniglobe Travel International, which has locations in more than 60 countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia/Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.

“We treat our franchisees and their teams like family,” Gary Charlwood, who runs the family—owned business, said in a statement.

Charlwood was also the first non-U.S. citizen to be appointed Chairman of the Board for the International Franchise Association and the first Canadian to receive the highest honor of the IFA, induction into their Hall of Fame. He joins the ranks of other inductees, including McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, Bill Marriott Jr. of Marriott Hotels, and Fred DeLuca of Subway Restaurants.

“That’s why it’s in our DNA to do everything we can to support the success of their businesses from providing the latest tools and technology, to personally answering their call when they need advice,” he added.

According to the Canadian Franchise Association, winners of the Hall of Fame award typically have high brand recognition and are recognized for their solid business performance. Past CFA Hall of Fame award recipients include Tim Hortons and Shoppers Drug Mart. The winners exhibit leadership by encouraging excellence through sharing best practices, speaking engagements, a willingness to mentor new franchisors, and raising the profile of the franchise business model.

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Named by Canadian Business magazine as one of Canada’s richest, Charlwood, a former airline executive, has a net worth of $1.03 billion, ranking the 73-year-old as #89 in the top 100. Charlwood started his travel industry career as a summer part-time tour guide. He came to Canada working for Western Airlines, which is now called Delta, and became Director of Consumer Affairs for CP Air (now Air Canada). The entrepreneur started his own business and today his sons are now helping run the various businesses. Martin is president of Uniglobe and Christopher runs the property development division.

In 2009, he was inducted into the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) Hall of Fame, which included such past recipients as JW Marriott Jr., Sir Edmund Hillary, M.S. Oberoi and Walt Disney. The Canadian Franchise Association has 600 corporate members and 40,000 franchisees nation-wide. They educate Canadians about the process of franchising, specific franchise opportunities and proper due diligence through its many events, programs, publications, and websites.

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