BrightStar Co-Founder and CEO Shelly Sun received one of the franchising industry’s highest honors yesterday by the International Franchise Association as its Entrepreneur of the Year during its 50th Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX.

In accepting this award, Shelly Sun joins the ranks of J. Willard Marriott of Marriott Corporation and Frederick DeLuca of Subway, among others, as recipients of this prestigious award. Mrs. Sun is only the second female to receive this impressive award.

First presented in 1982, the Entrepreneur of the Year award is bestowed upon an individual who is currently building a successful business venture. The recipient must not only be a member of the International Franchise Association, but must exemplify the “entrepreneurial spirit” that franchising represents. He or she must demonstrate innovative management skills in a franchise that has been in operation for at least three years and must be active in the community.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive this recognition from my peers,” said Sun, addressing the more than 2,000 attendees at the convention. “This award is a result of our franchisees relentless daily efforts in providing our clients quality of life, and providing peace of mind to families across the country.”