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Honoring those who are spreading the message of

Hope & Recovery


Don Fertman is the Chief Development Officer for Franchise World Headquarters, the service company for Subway and affiliated brands, a position he has held since 2010.  In this capacity, he oversees all departments handling the franchise development pipeline, including Franchise Advertising and Marketing, Sales, Real Estate, Store Design, Site Development and Non-Traditional locations.  Don previously held the position of Director of Development and simultaneously functioned as Director of Franchise Sales since 1988. Since joining the franchisor in 1981, Don has handled Public Relations, Publications and has even been the company photographer in the early days of his Subway career.  He has seen the company grow from 166 restaurants at the time he began his career to 45,000+ units in more than 110 countries today. Featured in one of the highest-rated episodes of “Undercover Boss”, the hit CBS reality show, Don donned a disguise and learned the Subway business first hand as a “sandwich artist”.  He was later invited to appear on the follow up episode, “Epic Bosses”, showcasing several of the more intriguing executives from the first four seasons of the show.  Don has been a member of both the Domestic and Global Strategic Planning Committees and currently serves on the System Advisory Council and Management Committee at Subway World Headquarters. 

Other Honorees:

Superstar and Singer Bobby Rydell

Boxer, Gerry Cooney

OASAS Commissioner Arlene Gonzalez Sanchez

Program Coordinator - Emergency Response Team, United Steelworkers, Allan McDougall



Thursday October 6, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM EDT


Masonic Hall Building
71 West 23rd Street
Second Floor Ballroom
New York, NY 10010



Denise McIntee
Empowering Productions
(845) 359-3299


An Empowering Productions Event

Empowering Productions is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3)  organization.  Contact us for more information.


Empowering Productions

Empowering Productions produces Steppin’ Out Radio – The 12-Step Radio Show featuring true stories of people who have triumphed over adversity and substance abuse. We bring the message of experience, strength and hope to those who are looking to recover.

Everyone knows someone struggling to overcome a dependency, and Steppin’ Out Radio brings insight and support to those needing it.  These stories are not only for them, but also for their loved ones, who want to learn how to regain control over their lives.

Empowering Productions is proud to present our honorees who have shown outstanding dedication in reaching out those in need.

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SUBWAY® CDO Don Fertman Back On Undercover Boss In New "Epic Bosses"
Reunites with Jessi For Training Session and Inspires Others With His Story of Recovery 

Subway Restaurants - May 13, 2013


Don Fertman, the Chief Development Officer for the SUBWAY® restaurant chain, who appeared on the second season of CBS's hit reality show "Undercover Boss" in 2010, will be making another appearance on the program on Friday, May 17 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), for a special episode titled "Undercover Boss: Epic Bosses." 


In this unique "Undercover Boss" episode, the Emmy award-winning series will catch up with many of the particularly memorable bosses from all four seasons to see how their experiences on the show impacted their lives and their companies.Don visited four SUBWAY® restaurants disguised as John Wilson, a former drug and alcohol counselor looking for a new career. The experiences changed Don and gave him an even better perspective on those working the front lines of the SUBWAY® restaurant chain.But the experience also proved life-changing for at least one viewer, who was so moved by Don's story of struggle and eventually conquering his own addiction that the viewer, Harold A. from the Midwest, quit drinking and has been sober since the episode aired. Both Don and Harold appeared in the documentary film, "The Anonymous People," which had a screening in Hartford, Connecticut recently. Don and Harold both attended, meeting for the first time at the screening.



The Concert to Face Addiction–on the National Mall at the foot of the Washington Monument–featured passionate and unforgettable performances from Joe Walsh, Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell, The Fray, Jonathan Butler, John Rzeznik and Tommy Sims, with special messages from President Obama, Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Major funding support to bring this special to life was provided by the Morgan le Fay Dreams Foundation.


Beginning September 24, public television affiliates around the country will air a one-hour special of the historic concert at the UNITE to Face Addiction Rally that took place on the National Mall last October 4. The never-before-seen special will run through the month of October--and beyond--to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the birth of the Facing Addiction movement. UNITE to Face Addiction brought together for the first time-ever iconic names in the music industry to raise awareness surrounding America’s addiction crisis. To see the long list of stations airing The Concert to Face Addiction and to learn how you can host a house/watch party, click here: Concert to Face Addiction.

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