Besides a few years of kitchen work during high school, Pancheros Mexican Grill franchisee James Kolzow had no background in the restaurant industry before joining the fast-casual Mexican brand.
The pizza business has been my life since high school, when I started out helping a friend deliver pizzas.
I started out in this industry as a busboy for a now nonexistent quick serve, and have been here ever since.
For 16 years, Jeff Finnerty was deep in the restaurant industry—as a Coca-Cola account manager.
I took a job at the age of 14 as a host for a restaurant chain in my hometown. Even as a teenager, I really enjoyed the interaction with customers, centering on food.
When Tony Milazzo started with Culver’s, he was 16 years old and the brand had only four units.
When it came to entering foodservice, Rich Ryan took the long and winding road.
I’ve been in this industry such a long time; I feel I don’t know anything else!
With two thriving coffee shops under his belt, it might seem that Ross Drever has java in his blood—and that might be partially true.
I was 27 years old and working for an independent casual-dining restaurant in Charlottesville, Virginia, when I realized that I enjoyed the high energy and challenge involved in this industry.