DirectBuy franchise owners donate scholarship funds to Ohio State University

March 17, 2008 // Franchising.com // DirectBuy, the leading members-only showroom and home design center that offers merchandise at manufacturer-direct prices, is proud to announce that franchise owners Tim and Jayn Corral recently donated two academic scholarships to The Ohio State University. In return, the University honored the Corrals by naming the cardio exercise room in the newly built Recreation and Physical Activity Center the "Tim and Jayn Corral Cardio Canyon."

The scholarships, established through the Tim and Jayn Corral Scholarship Fund, will benefit undergraduate students who are employees of the Recreation and Physical Activity Center.

"We're very thankful Tim and Jayn have chosen to support Ohio State students," said Beau Rugg, associate director for development and administrative services. "The scholarships they have endowed will provide support to our student employees for years to come."

Over the years, Tim was an undergraduate employee, a graduate administrative associate, and a full-time professional staff member atOhio State. He earned two degrees from Ohio State - a bachelor's degree in education in 1980, and a master's degree in education in 1982. Jayn was an active participant in fitness programs during her time at Ohio State, where she earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1981.

Tim and Jayn are current owners of DirectBuy of Phoenix Northwest, and will soon open a location on the west side of Columbus with partners Mark Lankford and Steve Bethell. The Corral's are looking forward to opening a showroom in Ohio where they often visit family, friends, and Ohio State University.

Tim and Jayn's involvement with DirectBuy began in 1985 when they became members in Columbus. As members, they realized the great opportunity the business provided, and decided to open their first franchise in Rochester, New York. In 1996, the Corrals decided to move back to Ohio to open a franchise in Cincinnati. Tim then worked for DirectBuy's corporate headquarters for several years, before moving to Arizona to open his current DirectBuy showroom.

"We pursued DirectBuy back then because we saw how much it had meant to us as members and we wanted to take a step and improve our life another notch through DirectBuy ownership," Said Tim. "As owners, we have experienced many great moments with our members. One of those moments that stands out in my memory was taking my Rochester, New York, staff to a member's new home, which was completely decorated and furnished from DirectBuy. While sitting on their sunporch after a tour of the house, the member told my staff that the room they were sitting in was built with the money they saved from being members of DirectBuy. That was a great moment, and one that I will always remember."

About DirectBuy

For more than 36 years, DirectBuy has been showing thousands of consumers unparalleled ways to save as they shop for virtually everything for in and around their homes – from furniture, carpet and flooring, and custom window treatments, to kitchen and bath cabinets and fixtures, appliances and much, much more.

DirectBuy enables members to purchase most every product offering from several hundred manufacturers and their authorized suppliers at more than 150 showrooms across North America. To request a "Free Insider's Guide to Buying Direct" and a Visitor's Pass to learn more about the superior value and benefits of DirectBuy membership, visit www.DirectBuy.com or www.DirectBuyCares.com.

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