Q: Who inspires you and why? Jerry:
I always go back to two people, Norman Brinker and Herb Kelleher.
They were each true entrepreneurs who overcame all obstacles. Herb being an outrageous personality who stripped costs out of the airline much like a good team of supply chain and operations would do and created the first low cost airline. Norman was a true gentleman entrepreneur who left behind some of the greatest restaurant management quotes. He also trained a team who went on to lead some of the largest restaurant chains in America. He was maybe the last of the true restauranteur breed. His book On The Brink
is a great read of a true story. The book about Herb is correctly entitled The Art of Business: In the Footsteps of GiantsQ: Have you ever had an hourly job? If yes, please share with us your experience.Jerry:
Hourly jobs put me through both high school and college. My first job, at 12, was pumping gas on Saturdays at a local small station. The owner paid me $12 for the day in cash.
Being very mechanical, I found I could earn the most per hour be working as an auto mechanic. While I was covered in grease at the end of the day, I made more than most of my friends! It was just my mom and I so every penny counted. I look back on those days and smile.