James H. Amos Jr., CFE, chairman, and CEO of Tasti D-Lite and Planet Smoothie, has been named to the International Franchise Association (IFA) Hall of Fame. The announcement was made this week at the IFA’s 52nd annual convention.
The Hall of Fame award is the oldest and most prestigious award conferred by the IFA and is presented to an IFA member who exemplifies the best of franchising and has made significant contributions to the advancement of franchising and the franchising community.
Amos 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 have contributed greatly to the strength of the franchise community.
"Jim is one of the most strategic thinkers in franchising today and we applaud him on this well-deserved recognition," says IFA Chairman Jack Earle, managing partner of Earle Enterprises LP and a multi-unit franchisee  of McDonald's.
"Jim's sage advice and dedication to the franchise industry is built on solid experience as a successful industry leader and is reflected in his willingness to serve IFA in a variety of capacities.
Amos and New York-based private equity firm Snow Phipps Group acquired Tasti D-Lite in 2007. Since then Amos has built Tasti D-Lite to a national brand with 67 centers in 14 states and Washington, D.C., and four international locations. With a world-class franchising team, Tasti D-Lite is on the path to open 500 stores globally.
The company acquired Planet Smoothie, which has more than 100 units in Georgia and Florida, at the end of 2011.
Amos was previously chairman and CEO of Mail Boxes Etc., now known as The UPS Store, and was CEO of the Brice Group in Dallas. He currently serves as chairman of Agile Pursuits Franchising, Inc. (a Procter & Gamble company).
Amos is also the author of several books including The Memorial, Focus or Failure: America at the Crossroads, The Transparent Leader, Corporate Giants, Above and Beyond, You Can Do It, The Entrepreneurs’ Creed, Living An Uncommon Life, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Franchising.
Amos is a Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam. He received 12 decorations including the Purple Heart and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Amos makes providing employment and franchise opportunities to veterans a priority at Tasti D-Lite and Planet Smoothie.
“I am honored and humbled to receive this award,” Amos says. “The franchising industry is a wonderful community that I am happy to have been a part of for so many years. We are so excited with the growth and innovation happening now at Tasti D-Lite and Planet Smoothie and I look forward to many more successful years in franchising.”