For over 50 years Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise owners have worked hard and long hours, invested their resources, and involved their families in every aspect of the business, while developing a strong and loyal customer base.

As Dunkin' Donuts expands across the nation, the company's strong history of franchising is also put on center stage.

As Dunkin' Donuts looks toward further expansion, Dunkin' Brands is again relying on its roster of experienced, hard working and well-capitalized franchise owners to carry the ball.

In light of Dunkin's dynamic history of franchising, DDIFO established a Franchise Owners Hall of Fame in 2011 to recognize those individuals who have contributed to the success of Dunkin' Donuts. As in any successful organization there are standouts that stepped forward to help lead the way for many innovations such as the DCP, CML’s, Bagels, APODS, Munchkins, etc.

"For over 50 years Dunkin' Donuts Franchise owners have worked hard and long hours, invested their resources, and involved their families in every aspect of the business, while developing a strong and loyal customer base," said Mark Dubinsky, a Director at DDIFO. "We believe it's time for DDIFO to recognize those people whose vision, dedication and, leadership have been instrumental in the success of Dunkin' Donuts."

2011 Dunkin' Donuts Hall of Fame Inductees

John Boujoukos

Antonio I Couto    

Jose Couto  

Ralph Gabellieri

John Henderson

George Mandell

William Rosenberg 

Click here to see photos of the 2011 Dunkin Donuts Franchise Owners Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony

In 2012 DDIFO has organized a Hall of Fame Committee to establish guidelines, policy and procedures for operating the Dunkin' Donuts Franchise Owners Hall of Fame. The Committee is also responsible for the final selection of inductees. "These individuals have gone above and beyond to help build Dunkin' Donuts into the esteemed brand it is today," said John Motta, Chairman of Dunkin' Donuts Franchise Owners Hall of Fame Committee.

Serving with John are several knowledgeable and successful franchise owners including, Bill Daly, Sr., Mark Dubinsky, Steve Gabellieri, Dennis Gramm, and Tony Pellizzi. If you are interested in participating on the committee please contact John Motta via email.  The first actions by the Committee were to establish the guidelines for induction. Aside from Dunkin' Donuts franchise owners, candidates can also be employees of a Franchise Owner, employees of Dunkin' Brands, employees of NDCP, or a professional service or vendor that provides goods or services to the Dunkin' Donuts Franchise Owner community.

  • All candidates must have at least 15 years of service within the Dunkin' Donuts system.
  • A candidate must also exhibit outstanding character and must have made a contribution of sustainable significance on franchise owner equity and brand value.
  • For a complete review of the candidate selection criteria click here.

The 2012 Inductees will be honored at the DDIFO Franchise Owners Hall of Fame Gala Dinner at the DDIFO Annual National Conference at Mohegan Sun, September 27th, 2012. The event starts 6:00 pm. Inductees and their families will be informed of the honor by September 1, 2012.

Candidate Nominations for 2012 have been closed.