Joe Barbat, founder of the 200 unit Wireless Toyz franchise chain, was named to the Crain’s 40 under 40 list in 2005. In 2007, Barbat was named as Entrepreneur of the Year by Detroit-based firm Ernst & Young.
More recently, however, he’s named as a defendant in multiple lawsuits by Wireless Toyz franchise owners. Joe Barbat, and his associates, are being accused of violating Michigan franchise laws and falsifying information about profitability to franchisees.
The house is on sale for $5,400,000 in 2010.