Claudia Leah named Decorating Den Franchise Owner of the Year

EASTON, Md. — Interior design franchise owner Claudia Leah, of Naples, Florida, was named Franchise Owner of the Year, the highest franchisee business award presented by Decorating Den Interiors, North America’s largest interior design and home furnishings franchise company.

“Claudia has been in business since 2009 and has consistently been among our leaders in retail sales,” said James S. Bugg, Jr., president and CEO. “Her regard among our franchisees is exemplified in having been elected twice to serve on Franchisee Leadership Council, which advises our executive team on policies and programs that support their interior design businesses.  Her exceptional dedication and service through cooperation with other franchise owners, suppliers and management are excellent examples of this award’s criteria.”

Franchise Owner of the Year Claudia Leah, center, with David Haseley, left, Decorating Den; her husband Joe; and Decorating Den’s James Bugg, Jr. and Jennifer Manley

“I was thoroughly surprised and honored,” Leah said. “I am proud to be part of this wonderful company.  I have had design and business opportunities I could not have had on my own. It is really a privilege to be able to help other franchise owners.”

Her award was presented at the company’s International DESIGNCON 2022 Conference held in Myrtle Beach.

Other top franchise awards presented were:

The franchises with the top retails sales by their entire team were the CPI Interiors Team, Ottawa, Ontario, for being the number one in Canada and highest overall. Sisters Barbara Elliott and Jennifer Ward Woods, Stone Mountain, Ga., were celebrated for having the highest sales in the U.S.

Rising Star Awards went to three franchise owners because they each such significant sales accomplishments in their first 12 months in business. They were Kiran Arif, of Cincinnati; Michelle Jett, Le Verne, Calif.; and Berenice Sanchez, of Round Rock, Texas.

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