Hounds Town USA CEO named to Franchise Dictionary magazine’s 50 Wonder Women list

Franchise Dictionary Magazine recently released its fifth annual 50 Women of Wonder (WOW) list, and Jackie Bondanza, CEO of Hounds Town USA, earned a spot on the prestigious list.

The annual WOW list recognizes women who are driving change in the franchise industry. Nominated by readers for their strategic approaches and forward-thinking perspectives, these executives are paving the way for women in franchising.

“Since I first became a part of the franchise community ten years ago, part of my mission has been to change some of the statistics for women in business in addition to growing my own company,” said Bondanza. “Too few women make it to CEO position – only 19% of the CEOs running this year’s top Inc 5000 companies in the country are women. I want to help change that for every woman who wants to get to the top. I love that Franchise Dictionary Magazine is also part of that mission.”

Bondanza first joined the Hounds Town brand as a customer in 2013, where she met founder and now-husband Michael Gould. After becoming a devoted fan of the dog grooming concept, Bondanza began working for the brand where she increased profits at the corporate store, opened, operated and sold a second corporate store and developed a franchise plan for nationwide expansion. Bondanza’s innovative, intentionally slower growth approach catapulted the brand to new heights and fueled its continued triple-digit year-over-year growth across the country.

“Highlighting our ’50 Women of Wonder’ is an annual tradition and we are truly proud to recognize the contributions of these incredible women,” said Alesia Visconti, CEO of Franchise Dictionary Magazine (FDM). “We’re seeing more and more women in the franchise space, and our fantastic WoW winners are women at the very top! They don’t just break the glass ceiling, they break it! They are powerful leaders who lead their organizations to wild success, and we are all better business professionals because they share their insights and wisdom!”

After years of impressive growth, the brand has built a prominent US presence across the country. Hounds Town has been named a top franchise for 2023 by Franchise Business Review. Hounds Town was ranked #24 out of 50 in the “Small” category (up to 80 units) and was also ranked as the top franchise in the Pet Services category. In addition, Hounds Town was named by Franchise Business Review as one of only 50 franchises to qualify as a top franchise for women in 2022. The brand also made Entrepreneur Magazine’s prestigious Franchise 500 list in early 2023.

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