President and CEO
Shelly Sun is a cofounder of BrightStar and serves as its president and CEO.
As the primary driver of BrightStar
, Shelly's mission is to build the most exceptional healthcare staffing company in the industry by providing outstanding and responsive service and building trust in client relationships.
is committed to ensuring that the BrightStar
culture continues to value integrity and relationships above all else.
Shelly and her husband JD established BrightStar Healthcare in 2002 after experiencing several obstacles while seeking quality caregivers for JD's grandmother.
In 2005, BrightStar
launched its franchising efforts, becoming the first and only franchising company in the country to specialize in both medical and non-medical homecare and healthcare staffing services.
In three short years, BrightStar
grew from one corporate office to 130 locations nationwide, and is now on track to open 400 locations by the end of 2011.
Shelly is a certified franchise executive (CFE) and participates on the International Franchise Association (IFA) Board of Directors, Membership Committee, Finance, Audit and Budget Committee, and FranPAC Advisory Council.
Among numerous awards for her
professional and community work, Shelly
has been honored as the IFA's
2009 Entrepreneur of the Year and as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist in 2008 and 2009.
is dedicated to furthering women in business and helping other entrepreneurs experience their own success.
has been active in a number of other organizations, including ATHENAPowerLink
, the National Association of Women Business
Owners (NAWBO), the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce's
Education in Entrepreneurship program, the Women's Business Development Center
(WBDC), the Women's Business Enterprise National Council
(WBENC), the Women Presidents' Organization
(WPO), and Women Impacting Public Policy
has been featured in a variety of print and broadcast media, including Entrepreneur magazine
(one of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Led Companies, 2007-2010), Inc. magazine
(Inc. 5000 in 2008, Inc. 500 in 2009), Franchise Times magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Fox Business News
Prior to starting BrightStar, Shelly had a busy executive career marked by rapid advancement and achievement.
She is a certified public accountant with a master's degree in accounting from the University of Colorado and a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee.