April 22, 2021 marked day four of Dealmakers Week, presented by Franchise Times. It was also the day the magazine announced its 2020 Deal of the Year. Not surprisingly, the award went to Inspire Brands for its $11.3 billion purchase of Dunkin’ Brands. On hand to receive the award was David Pipes, Inspire Brands chief financial officer at the time. Appearing via remote video technology, Pipes refuted the notion that Inspire overpaid for the Dunkin’ and Baskin Robbins brands.