Year Inducted / Awarded: 2006
Member Award: Academy of Distinguished Engineers
Tony DeSio is the co-founder and former Chairman, President, and CEO of Mail Boxes Etc. (currently known as The UPS STORE). He launched the company’s franchising business in 1980 and built the company from a single store into the world’s largest non-food franchise with almost 4,000 stores in 30 countries at the time of his retirement in 1998.
Earlier in his career, he was an aerospace executive with Hughes Research and Development Labs, Lockheed Martin, GE, and Western Union. He held several key management positions with Lockheed Missiles & Space Company during the initial stages of the U.S. Space Exploration program. In 1971, he was nominated to participate in the President’s Executive Interchange Program and served for two years as a staff assistant to the Aeronautics and Space Counsel in the Executive Office of the President. Mr. DeSio has received an outstanding achievement award from the President of the United States (1972), and Entrepreneur of the Year awards from the International Franchise Association (1996), Inc. magazine (1989), and Franchise Times magazine (2001).