Former Chairman and CEO of Mail Boxes Etc.
Jim Amos is the former CEO of Mail Boxes Etc., now The UPS Store, and a 2011 inductee into the International Franchise Association’s Hall of Fame and the 2012 recipient of the Nashville Business Legend Award. He has sought to guide entrepreneurs, associates and fellow citizens as a board member, as a frequent speaker, a prolific writer and blogger (jimamosblog.com) and a constant advocate for military veterans and business format franchising.
Under his leadership as Chairman and CEO, Mail Boxes Etc. became the world’s largest and fastest growing franchisor of retail business, communication and postal service centers. Based in San Diego, the MBE Network comprised nearly 5,000 locations worldwide, with master licensing agreements in more than 80 countries. In 2001, Amos was instrumental in orchestrating the sale of MBE to United Parcel Service and executing the largest re-branding in history of a retail system from MBE to The UPS Store.
A former Marine Corps captain and veteran of split combat tours in Vietnam, Mr. Amos received 12 decorations, including the Purple Heart and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He is the author of several books including the best sellers The Memorial, Focus or Failure: America at the Crossroads, The Transparent Leader, Corporate Giants, Above and Beyond, You Can Do It, The Entrepreneurs’ Creed and Living An Uncommon Life. In addition, Penguin Press published his latest work, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Franchising, The Tasti D Lite Story, published by McGraw-Hill in 2012. His newest book, The Journey, is scheduled for publishing in 2015.
A graduate of the University of Missouri, Amos was honored as the 1998 scholar-in-residence and in 2000 and 2003 with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Recognized in “Marquis Who’s Who in America,” “Who’s Who in American Executives,” “Who’s Who in Finance and Industry,” “Who’s Who in American Authors” and “The International Authors and Writers Who’s Who.”
Mr. Amos has served on or is serving on the board of directors of The National Veteran’s Administration, The Marine Military Academy, The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Meineke Car Care Centers, Oreck Corporation, Zig Ziglar Corporation, WSI of Canada, The University of Missouri, SkinPhd, The HealthStore Foundation and Ken Blanchard’s Faith Walk Leadership Foundation.
He has been a guest on Hannity, Greta Van Sustern and provided commentary on Fox Business, as well as MSNBC and CNBC. He was a guest speak at Yale and Harvard in 2013 and also for the National Restaurant Association, the National Association of Development Companies, The International Franchise Association convention and Prayer Breakfasts, the “New Normal Entrepreneurs” conference for Crown Financial Ministries, Secret Knock, a by-invitation only leaders and visionaries conference in San Diego.