Printer Bud Hadfield Soared Like an Eagle –Michelson
Years later, after a friend experienced a quick turnaround on a complicated print job, the client half-jokingly told Hadfield, "Whatever this is, you ought to franchise it." That would set the entrepreneurial wheels in motion for Hadfield to start selling quick printing and copying franchises. By 1970, there were 27 franchised Kwik Kopy Printing centers, and the self-made, multi-millionaire continued to add franchise brands through organic growth and by acquisition. Despite his success, he typically worked 15-hour days, and even ran for mayor of Houston in 1972.
Bud and Mary Hadfield developed the Northwest Forest Conference Center in 1985 on a 100-acre property. In addition to serving as the headquarters for ICED, the campus is used for corporate training and overnight retreats, weddings and other celebrations. Not surprisingly, the centerpiece of the main foyer is a six-foot-tall, carved eagle with a five-foot wingspan that Bud fondly named "Baby." The grounds also features a full-size replica of the Alamo that he conceived, built with stone from the same quarry as the original. At one time, Hadfield also considered building a replica of Independence Hall.
An inductee into the Entrepreneur's Hall of Fame, the Texas Senate also declared March 23, 1993, as Bud Hadfield Day, citing his civic contributions and involvement at various schools, where he urged young people to further their education. But no award was more fulfilling for him than when he received his high school diploma, some 47 years after being expelled. Hadfield showed his appreciation by replacing the antiquated printing equipment still housed there from his student days. His hope was that others would someday soar like an eagle to new heights in the pursuit of excellence, just like he did.
Mark T. Michelson