The International Franchise Association (IFA) has presented its 2021 Hall of Fame award to Dina Dwyer-Owens, CFE, the former chairwoman and CEO of the Neighborly group of brands. The IFA’s prestigious Hall of Fame award is given to a franchisor or franchisee who has significantly contributed to the advancement of franchising.
“Throughout her career and in all the ways she gives back, Dina Dwyer-Owens exemplifies a servant leader whose impact on franchising will be felt for generations,” said Matthew Haller, president and CEO of the IFA.
“She is a trailblazer in the business world and has used her success to provide opportunities to others – what franchising is all about.”
The award was presented to Dwyer-Owens at the IFA Annual Convention 2022 in San Diego, which concluded earlier this week. It recognizes individual contribution to the industry through franchising programs, innovative activities and services to the IFA and as such, represents the best franchising has to offer. She represents the first father and daughter pairing to receive the IFA Hall of Fame award. Her father was Don Dwyer, who created the Dwyer Group.
“My three pillars in life have been my faith, my family and franchising,” said Dwyer-Owens.
“As I enter this prestigious community of Hall of Fame recipients, I do not do so alone or on my own merit, but by the grace of God with the many outstanding mentors, colleagues and friends who helped show me the way. To be recognized for helping this industry in return is the gift of a lifetime.”
Dwyer-Owens was selected for this honor due to her business acumen, work at large with the franchising community and her work with the IFA. The company she once led, now called Neighborly, has become the world’s largest organization of home service brands in the world.
Her active involvement in the IFA and IFA foundation was a part of why she received the award, as well as serving as chairwoman of the IFA board. Dwyer-Owens received the Bonny LeVine award in 2001 and the 2011 Crystal Compass award.