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Big Frog CEO Honored for Supporting Employees in Military Service

Tina Bacon-DeFrece was bestowed with the Patriot Award by a program within the Department of Defense.

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Big Frog CEO Honored for Supporting Employees in Military Service
Bernie Currie, ESGR co-chair, Area Nine (Hillsborough/Pinellas County) with Big Frog Franchise Group Digital Marketing Specialist, Sgt. Quinn Bonner, Army Reserve National Guard (ARNG), and Co-Founder, President, and CEO Tina Bacon-DeFrece, Ph.D.

(PRESS RELEASE) DUNEDIN, FL — Big Frog Franchise Group (Big Frog) Co-Founder, President and CEO Tina Bacon-Defrece, Ph.D. has received the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for her ongoing support of veterans and active military.

ESGR grants a series of Department of Defense awards to recognize individual supervisors and bosses who support their National Guard and Reserve employees. The Patriot Award reflects the efforts a civilian employer makes to support personnel by providing flexible schedules, time off before and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence as needed.

“I am thrilled and humbled to accept this award,” said Bacon-DeFrece. “Growing up in a military family, veteran values and virtues were instilled in me from my youngest years.”

Employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserves nominate their supervisors for the support they provide directly to the service member and family. Big Frog Digital Marketing Specialist Sgt. Quinn Bonner, Army Reserve National Guard (ARNG), nominated Bacon-DeFrece. Bonner has served the ARNG for more than seven years and trains at Camp Blanding in Florida.

“In all my years, I’ve never truly had a leader as understanding as Tina Bacon-DeFrece,” said Bonner in his nomination. “She has been the most supportive of my commitment and has always given me the appropriate time off to attend my training without hesitation.”

Bernie Currie, SHRM-CP, PHR, the ESGR Co-Chair for Area Nine (Hillsborough/Pinellas County), presented the award to Bacon-DeFrece at the Big Frog headquarters in Dunedin, Fla. He was excited to visit the custom shirt making business and see firsthand the cooperation between Big Frog and its employed service members.

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Said Currie, “Dr. Bacon-DeFrece is to be commended for providing her steadfast and consistent leadership and commitment to our armed forces. Congratulations on a job well done, Tina!”

Said Bacon-DeFrece upon acceptance of the award, “It’s my absolute honor to incorporate Big Frog’s workplace support for the extraordinary individuals who serve and protect our country.”

Big Frog encourages veterans who are transitioning to the civilian workforce to consider owning a Big Frog t-shirt printing franchise, offering a veteran’s incentive of 20% off the initial franchise fee. In addition, for veterans who sign a franchise agreement by September 30, 2023, Big Frog will waive the first year of monthly royalty fees.

About Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense office established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component service members and their civilian employers and to assist in resolving conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment. ESGR encourages employers to support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve. Recognizing supportive employers is vital to ESGR’s mission.

About Big Frog Franchise Group

Each independently owned and operated Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More store specializes in Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printing, a clean and green apparel printing technology. Big Frog is a one-stop-shop for “un-frog-ettable” custom apparel, offering a wide selection of services such as screen printing, embroidery, vinyl, and Ultra Print (heat press). Big Frog also offers free design help, no minimums or art/setup fees and fast turnaround. Established in 2008 by Co-Founders Leeward Bean, Tina Bacon-DeFrece, Ph.D., and Ron DeFrece, Big Frog Franchise Group has since expanded to nearly 100 locations in 25 states and Canada. Headquartered in Dunedin, Fla., Big Frog is led by President and CEO Tina Bacon-DeFrece. For the nearest Big Frog store, visit BIGFROG.COM. For U.S. franchise opportunities, visit BIGFROGFRANCHISE.COM. For Canadian franchise opportunities, visit BIGFROG.CA.

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