2004 – Fenton, Michigan
JoAnne Shaw is the Founder and President of The Coffee Beanery, LTD and is a key player in both the coffee and franchising worlds. In 1985, The Coffee Beanery had eight retail stores and began offering franchise opportunities. Since then, the company has expanded to nearly 200 locations in 32 states and Guam. The company became international in 2001 with the opening of a master franchise in Seoul, Korea. In 2002, The Coffee Beanery opened in Chengdu, China, and will soon be opening in UAE, Bahrain and Dubai. This trailblazing female entrepreneur was the first woman to chair the International Franchise Association Board of Directors and the first recipient of the Bonny Levine Award, given by the International Franchise Association to an individual who has served as a mentor to women. She was named Entrepreneur of the Year in Michigan in 1991, and also Lifetime Member of the Entrepreneurial Institute. JoAnne is in demand as a public speaker, writer, panelist and board member. She was a featured speaker at the World Coffee Symposium in Vienna in 1994 and 1997, and a panelist speaker at the same annual conference in Venice in 1995. Her professional affiliations include: Past President, Specialty Coffee Association of America, Past Chairman, International Franchise Association, Past Chairman, Education Committee of the International Franchise Association, Past Chairman, Coffee Development Group’s College Coffee House Task Force, Past Board of Directors Member, Coffee Development Group, Advisory Board Member, Entrepreneur magazine, Member, National Retailer’s Federation, Member, International Council of Shopping Centers, Board Member, the Dale Carnegie Corporation and Past Board Member, the Genesys Health System.