More Than Just A Restaurant
When I was 15 years old I got an opportunity that has shaped my life in so many ways. I was hired to work at a Chick-fil-A restaurant. At the time there was only two in my town and both of them were in the mall and had the same Owner/Operator. I would stay with that Operator for the next 4 years as he opened the first stand-alone store in the area.
The managers and Operator I had took such an interest in professional development that they would continuously place more responsibility upon me and as they did that they would teach me how to manage and lead.
After four years as I neared graduation from high school, I was a manager and a trainer. As I sit looking back after 12 years, I see how much of my leadership style I learned from them.
I left Chick-fil-A to join the Army in 2000 and now I am a leader there. What I gained from my 1st job has proven to be so much more than a paycheck. The core values of the corporation are evident throughout the stores. I helped open two new stores, participated in numerous outreach events with the regional marketing team and trained numerous new employees all before I turned 18.
With a full time job as a firefighter and a member of the Army National Guard, I use the skills and experience I gained as a teenager every day; whether it is customer service, training new soldiers or firefighters, or mentoring the next generation of leaders. When I am not deployed, Chick-fil-A is still a major part of my life. I still love eating at Chick-fil-A anytime I can and they have sponsored many family and marriage events for members of the armed forces and emergency services.