Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More® Names New President

Dr. Tina Bacon-DeFrece Appointed President and COO of Big Frog
Franchise Group

DUNEDIN, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Big
Frog Custom T-Shirts & More®
, a locally-owned, high-technology
garment decorating franchise where customers have the freedom to design
their own apparel, has announced the appointment of Dr. Tina
Bacon-DeFrece from executive vice president to president of the Big Frog
Franchise Group by Big Frog co-founder and CEO, Leeward Bean.

The announcement was issued by Bean during his “State of the FROG
Address” at the 2016 annual FROG-A-Thon (franchise convention), laying
the groundwork for continued company double digit growth. Big Frog
experienced a growth rate of 31 percent in 2015 over 2014, and increased
system-side sales by more than $9 million in the past 24 months.

Currently responsible for strategic planning and tactical development
for all aspects of the Big Frog brand, Dr. Bacon-DeFrece will now
oversee all operations, marketing, franchise relations, administration,
finance and accounting. Bean will maintain his position as CEO, focusing
his attention on strategic planning and direction, franchise
development, information technology and strategic alliances.

“I have worked with Tina for nearly 20 years and quickly realized her
keen sense for business and true understanding of the fundamentals of
what it takes to build one successfully,” said Bean. “At age 67, it is
time for me to look for a successor, and I am extremely confident that
she will excel as much in this position as she has in all others to
date.”

With a bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the
University of South Florida, Dr. Bacon-DeFrece was a research director
for a multimillion dollar scientific instrument company prior to helping
develop the Big Frog brand, working with Bean at Ocean Optics, Inc. Her
scientific background brings a fresh perspective to the “science of
business.”

“I am thrilled to accept this position from a dear friend and colleague
whom I deeply respect, and look forward to helping grow the Big Frog
brand through my new role,” Bacon-DeFrece said. “I love helping people
take charge of their own destiny through franchising, and am excited to
continue doing so on a bigger scale.”

Big Frog provides its franchisees a fun business that is easy to learn
and operate, and offers owners a terrific lifestyle working daylight
hours five and a half days a week. The Big Frog brand puts an emphasis
on making every environment, from the corporate office to each
individual retail location, a fun and exciting place to work – citing
the retail locations’ theme as a mix between George of the Jungle and
The Jetsons. Big Frog’s main objective is creating a value-added
experience for customers, and that starts by creating a value-added
experience for the franchisees, Bean said.

Since opening its first franchised location in 2009, Big Frog has grown
exponentially. With more than 65 locations open in 22 states and nine
locations in different stages of development, the retailer is on track
to have 80 stores operating by year’s end. With little to no local
competition, Bean believes that North America will be home to 300 Big
Frog stores by 2020. Franchisees have seen roaring success as well, with
the average unit volume growing 217 percent over the last five years.

To learn more about franchising with Big Frog, visit http://www.bigfrogfranchise.com/.

About Big Frog

Launched in 2008, Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More® is a franchise
concept specializing in custom decorated apparel with over 65 locations
nationwide. Big Frog looks to become the world leader in the $50 billion
garment decorating industry. Each individually owned shop uses unique
technology that brings imagination to life with endless design
opportunities on T-shirts, sports shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts,
hoodies, bandanas, onesies, dog clothes, jackets, mouse pads, sports
gear, tote bags and more. For more information about Big Frog Custom
T-Shirts & More and franchising opportunities visit www.bigfrog.com.

Contacts

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