Founder Of Neighborly Posthumously Inducted Into Entrepreneurship Hall Of Fame

WACO, Texas — November 27, 2012 – Don Dwyer Sr., the late founder of Neighborly, formerly Dwyer Group, will be inducted into the 2012 Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame (EHOF) Saturday, December 1.

The Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame has recognized business leaders who have impacted the world through philanthropy and innovation since 2002.

“This recognition is a tremendous honor for my father, our family and Neighborly as a company,” said Dina Dwyer-Owens, Dwyer’s daughter and chairwoman and CEO of The Neighborly. “My father achieved his entrepreneurial vision for The Neighborly but also helped others succeed in business through the creation of programs like VetFran, which grants military personnel and current veterans the opportunity to own their own franchise. For a prestigious organization like the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame to acknowledge my father’s entrepreneurial effort is incredible.”

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is Saturday, December 1 at the historical Estate venue in Buckhead, Ga. In addition to the late Don Dwyer, other 2012 recipients include: Fred Deluca, founder of Subway; Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx and the world’s youngest female billionaire; Harris Rosen, president and CEO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts; and David Anderson, founder of restaurant chain Famous Dave’s.

This year’s recipients are all founders and executives of companies that earn over $100 million in annual sales and exemplify the EHOF’s core values of philanthropy and innovation.
The EHOF is housed within the EPICENTER, a leading center for studying and teaching entrepreneurship. The EPICENTER is located at 245 Peachtree Center Avenue in Atlanta. For more information, visit

About Neighborly:
Neighborly, based in Waco, Texas, is a holding company of seven franchise businesses, each selling and supporting a different franchise under the following service marks: Aire Serv®, Glass Doctor®, The Grounds Guys™, Mr. Appliance®, Mr. Electric®, Mr. Rooter® (Drain Doctor in the UK and Portugal), and Rainbow International®. Collectively, these independent franchise concepts offer customers world-wide a broad base of residential and commercial services. In addition, Dwyer operates glass shops in New England under the Portland Glass brand name. Neighborly is a portfolio company of TZP Group LLC, a private equity firm based in New York that focuses on control investments in business and consumer services companies with enterprise values generally up to $200 million. More information on The Neighborly, or its franchise concepts, is available at

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