Big Frog Welcomes West Chapel, Florida Franchise Owners

Son/mother team of Otis Horne and Jeri Horne will lead the new location.

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Otis (right) and Jeri (left) Horne outside of the Big Frog headquarters. (Image courtesy Big Frog)

Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More announces the newest additions to its franchise family, the son/mother team of Otis Horne and Jeri Horne, who are taking the reins at the Wesley Chapel, Florida location.

Otis, a seasoned leader with a rich background, is the public persona of the business. Hailing from Odessa, Florida, he began his journey as the drum major for the Steinbrenner High School marching band. Transitioning to the United States Air Force, he proudly served as dorm chief during basic training, guiding 49 individuals on their path to becoming American Airmen. As an airborne operations analyst in Warner Robins, Georgia, Otis garnered accolades such as the Air Medal, Meritorious Unit Award, and AF Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border. Following his military career, Otis excelled as a regional manager for vape shops.

Jeri, a Tallassee, Alabama native, has a master’s degree in clinical psychology. Prior to investing in the Big Frog franchise business, she had a successful career in family services and even created a NATO-benchmarked Family Readiness Handbook during her time in Germany. Next, she held a decade-long role as the program manager for drug testing/education at MacDill Air Force Base, managing its operation for thousands of military and civilian personnel. She retired in December of 2020.

“We are thrilled to welcome Otis and Jeri Horne to the Big Frog family as the proud owners of Big Frog of Wesley Chapel. Their diverse backgrounds and commitment to excellence align perfectly with our brand values, and we are confident they will bring a fresh perspective and vibrant energy to our community,” says Co-Founder, President, and CEO Tina Bacon-DeFrece, Ph.D., at Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More.

Otis and Jeri look forward to serving the Wesley Chapel community and continuing the Big Frog tradition of providing personalized, high-quality apparel to individuals and businesses alike.

“I am excited to begin this next chapter of my life, in business for myself. The Big Frog headquarters team has provided outstanding training and support, addressing all areas of the business, from operations and sales, to merchandising and marketing,” says Otis.

Big Frog of Wesley Chapel is located at 24830 State Road 54 in Lutz, Florida. They specialize in direct-to-garment printing (DTG), vinyl, embroidery, and more. Their design team provides custom T-shirts, embroidered apparel, and branded merchandise to schools and universities, clubs and associations, businesses and non-profits, and individuals throughout Wesley Chapel.

Otis states that he looks forward to meeting the custom apparel needs of Wesley Chapel’s residents and businesses, alike, and to being an active contributor to its community.

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Marie Fennema is the managing editor of GRAPHICS PRO, including GRAPHICS PRO Today, covering news and guidance in apparel decoration, awards and engraving, and sign and digital printing.

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