The DISH Network brand is often associated correctly with Charles Ergen but not many people are aware of the other Ergen family member who was instrumental in starting the company. Back in the 1980’s when Charlie Ergen decided to put his business savvy to the test launching a satellite dish business, his wife Candy stood firmly by his side. In fact, Candy Ergen did far more than simply give the dynamic businessman her tacit approval, she worked right alongside him striving to establish the company’s reputation in the marketplace.
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The story of DISH network begins about 30 years ago when Charlie Ergen decided that satellite TV was the perfect industry segment for his brand new business to take roots in. The company first took shape as EchoStar. This was back in 1980, when Charlie Ergen, his wife and co-founder Jim DeFranco invested $60,000 into the satellite dish business. At this point in time, the company was just a small outfit with the three of them taking care of all the aspects right from delivering the satellite dishes door to door.