Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii’s Dave Wagner Named 2023 Franchisee of the Year by the International Franchise Association
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Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii’s Dave Wagner Named 2023 Franchisee of the Year by the International Franchise Association

Leading Coffee Franchise Celebrates Long-Time Owner for Charitable Community Organizing

February 20, 2024 // // DENVER - Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii, a leading coffee franchise renowned for its premium sourcing of Hawaiian coffees and memorable cafés, announces one of its top-performing franchisees, Dave Wagner, as a 2023 Franchisee of the Year. Wagner was honored at the 64th IFA Annual Convention in Phoenix, Ariz., for being an outstanding franchise establishment owner-operator.

The Franchisee of the Year Award recognizes leading franchise owners from IFA member brands whose outstanding performance and contributions help protect, enhance, and promote the franchise business model. Nominated by Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii, Wagner was selected for his involvement in the Rancho Cucamonga area, embodiment of the entrepreneurial spirit, creation of healthy culture with his workforce, and mentorship of fellow franchisees.

“A true embodiment of the ‘Aloha’ spirit, Dave radiates optimism and openness both in his daily interactions with customers and how he supports other franchisees within our system,” said Scott Snyder, CEO of Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii. “Dave’s commitment to stellar customer service and his love for giving back has strengthened his Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii franchise as a business and as a community hub. Dave exemplifies what it means to be a community-orientated business owner, andwe are proud to call him ‘ohana (family).”

Wagner and his wife fell in love with the Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii brand during a trip to Maui which inspired their leap into entrepreneurship. Wagner has eagerly integrated new brand innovations to his Bad Ass Coffee location, positioning his team to be on the cutting edge of industry developments while providing the franchisor with useful feedback.

With 15 years of ownership under his belt, Wagner leads a team of 12 comprised primarily of his regular customers’ children, a testament to the personal relationships he has built within the Rancho Cucamonga neighborhood. Following the wildfires in Maui’s Lahaina area and beyond, Wagner took it upon himself to organize community events and raises funds for relief efforts.

“Being recognized for this honor from the IFA is an experience unlike any other,” Wagner said. “Owning and running my Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii has been an incredibly fulfilling experience, and given me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of my employees and customers. I am thankful for being awarded with this honor, and grateful to the corporate team, my fellow franchisees and, of course, my team for supporting me every step of the way.”

“Franchisees of the Year exemplify what franchising is all about – providing opportunity, serving others, and fulfilling the American Dream,” said Matthew Haller, President and CEO of the International Franchise Association. “We are proud to recognize Dave with the highest honor IFA awards to individual franchisees, and I have no doubt his work is changing lives and making a lasting community impact.”

Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii is looking to partner with qualified and engaged individuals seeking multi-unit opportunities. The brand offers an affordable, highly scalable opportunity and franchisees can expect a total investment range between $454,200 – 920,500*. As International Franchise Association VetFran members, veteran franchisees who join will receive a $10,000 discount* off the initial franchise fee.

For more information on Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii franchise opportunities, visit or call 833-205-2224.

About Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii®

Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii was born on the Big Island of Hawai’i in 1989 and is dedicated to sharing premium Hawaiian coffees “with a kick” from the Hawaiian Islands through 30-plus U.S. franchise locations – with 100+ additional shops in various stages of development. Today, Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii stores also serve popular blended drinks, teas, food, along with other international premium coffees and sell popular branded merchandise with exceptional service and the Aloha Spirit. Bad Ass Coffees are available in franchise stores, online and will soon be available through grocery, hospitality, and specialty retail channels. The Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii brand and franchise is owned by Royal Aloha Franchise Company, LLC. For more information, visit and connect on Facebook and Instagram @badasscoffeeofhawaii. Franchise information is available at

About the International Franchise Association

Celebrating over 60 years of excellence, education, and advocacy, the International Franchise Association (IFA) is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations, and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising. IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees, and companies that support the industry in marketing, law, technology, and business development.

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