April 27, 2016 // Franchising.com // WALLINGFORD, Conn. - Edible Arrangements founder and CEO Tariq Farid was inducted into the Junior Achievement of Southwest New England Business Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Hartford Marriott in Hartford, Conn.
The Business Hall of Fame honors business and community leaders who have made significant contributions to the prosperity and quality of life in the Greater Hartford region and throughout Connecticut.
“Our goal is to honor citizens who have established a standard of excellence while making a major contribution to business and to the community,” said Louis J. Golden, President of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England. “We want to recognize those we can hold up to young people as an example of what success looks like. Mr. Farid is a living example of this.”
Junior Achievement is a global leader in providing cutting-edge, hands-on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work-readiness education. Over the past three decades, the Junior Achievement of Southwest New England Business Hall of Fame has inducted more than 135 individuals and organizations for their career achievements and contributions to the community.
Farid was recognized for both his entrepreneurial and philanthropic accomplishments. He started his first business, a flower shop, as a teenager and in 1999 he founded Edible Arrangements which has grown to become the global leader in high quality, artistically designed fresh fruit arrangements with more than 1,200 stores worldwide. He also has founded or acquired successful technology companies Netsolace, BroadPeakIT and Naranga as well as several distribution and supply chain management companies. As a philanthropist, his Tariq Farid Foundation supports causes in Connecticut and worldwide with charitable contributions that total almost $1 million annually.
“I am humbled to receive this honor,” Farid said. “Junior Achievement is an organization whose mission is close to my heart. Today, more than ever, our young people need positive role models who help them build self-confidence and develop their skills, and who encourage them to pursue their dreams. That’s why the work of this organization is so important and I am honored that they have selected me for this recognition.”
Joining Farid in being inducted into the Business Hall of Fame were John J. Patrick, Jr., Chairman, President & CEO of Farmington Bank, and Mark E. Scheinberg, President of Goodwin College. The Junior Achievement Corporate Award was presented to Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). Master of Ceremonies was Bill Griffeth, co-anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell.”
“All of us at Junior Achievement would also like to recognize the incredible contributions of Edible Arrangements Vice President of Human Resources Tom Horn and his passionate team of employees and suppliers who helped make this evening so special,” said Golden. “Like Mr. Farid, they truly believe in the mission of Junior Achievement and worked countless hours to make sure we had an event filled with great memories."
With more than 1,200 independently owned and operated franchise locations open or under development worldwide, Edible Arrangements International, LLC is the world's largest franchisor of shops offering creatively designed fresh cut fruit arrangements. Select Edible Arrangements locations also carry the company's rapidly expanding Edible To Go® line which features all-natural, fresh fruit smoothies, Dipped Fruit™, fresh squeezed lemonade and orange juice, and fresh fruit salads, sundaes and parfaits and treats. Since its founding in 1999 in East Haven, Conn., the company has been recognized as an industry leader, ranking first in its category in Entrepreneur magazine’s annual "Franchise 500," Entrepreneur's Top 40 of "Fastest Growing Franchises" and "America's Top Global Franchises" as well as being included for eight consecutive years among the "Inc. 5000" list of the fastest growing privately-held companies. Edible Arrangements fresh fruit arrangements, chocolate Dipped Fruit™, Fresh Fruit Smoothies and others can be enjoyed at franchise locations worldwide.Gifts can be ordered online at www.edible.com and by telephone at 1-877-DO-FRUIT®.
EDIBLE®, EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS® and other trademarks noted are registered trademarks of Edible Arrangements, LLC.
Founded in 2013 by Tariq Farid, the Founder and CEO of Edible Arrangements, the mission of the Tariq Farid Foundation is to alleviate suffering by providing for the basic needs of food and healthcare, and to improve lives through the support of education and skill development opportunities that enable individuals to reach their full potential. More information on the Tariq Farid Foundation is available at tariqfaridfoundation.org.
SOURCE Edible Arrangements
Director, Tariq Farid Foundation