In Memoriam: F.C. “Bud” Hadfield; A Franchise Hall of Famer

Quick printing industry pioneer F.C. “Bud” Hadfield, the founder of Kwik Kopy Printing, died April 11 at the age of 87 in Tomball, Texas.  Hadfield was the recipient of one of the International Franchise Association’s highest honors:  The Hall of Fame Award in 1994.   Known as a self-made millionaire who began his first printing shop, along with his brother, for an investment of $250 in 1948, Hadfield would later write the book Wealth Within Reach (2000).  Today, according to the International Center for Entrepreneurial Development, which is home of Kwik Kopy, as well as print and copy, pack-and-ship, women’s healthcare and children’s education franchises, the organization has more than 1,000 locations around the world. Hadfield served as chairman of the board of directors of ICED. He formed ICED in 1992.

When the founder of one of the world’s largest and most successful retail printing systems addressed the International Franchise Expo in Washington, D.C. on April 25, 1997, his message to tomorrow’s business owners was based on the same simple axiom that led him to the top:  “Never promise what you can’t deliver.”

Hadfield shared with readers of the 1995 issue of Franchising World’s January-February issue that “Failure is a learning experience.  We all have the talent to fail.  Failure is not in losing, but in giving up the idea that winning is no longer worthwhile.” In that same article, he provided the following advice:  “Become an expert in your field.  Know more about your business than your competitors and certainly know more about your customers.”

Good advice from an innovator who exemplified determination and persistence. The franchising community will miss him.

Posted by IFA Staff