The International Franchise Association (IFA) has named Judd Shader, founder and CEO of Leeds West Groups, as its Franchisee of the Year.

“IFA is proud to recognize Judd Kyle Shader for his extraordinary story and success,” said Robert Cresanti, CEO and president of IFA. “Franchise businesses are an engine of economic growth across America, in large part due to the hard work of tens of thousands of franchise business owners like Judd. As Washington looks to continue our economic growth, policymakers would do well to remember that franchising is making a difference across our country.”

Shader has had a monumental year. He was recognized by Midas as one of its three franchisees of the year, and in October the group opened its 100th store — a Midas location — in Aurora, Colo. He has built a 16-stae, 850-employee car care chain in eight years.

Leeds West also operates Big O Tires and SpeeDee Oil Change stores.

“The Midas organization is very fortunate to work with Judd,” says Ron Seagle, vice president and general manager of Midas. “Day in and day out, his organization lives up to our Always A Touch Better commitment to our customers, and, on behalf of the Midas network, I would like to thank him for his contributions to our great brand.”  

“I am honored to be recognized by the IFA and Midas, ecstatic about our growth over the last eight years, which is the result of a lot of hard work by our great team—and excited about our growth opportunities for the future,” says Shader.

For more information on Midas, visit www.midas.com.

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