While National Chicken Month and our #DontBeAChicken campaign comes to a close, the Teriyaki Madness franchise system is full of franchisees who continue to exemplify our big and bold brand. It takes a certain kind of courage to leave a successful business career and open a restaurant. A bold move, to say the least. That’s exactly what Teriyaki Madness Ken Fay did earlier this year … with no regrets.
In June, 2017, after 25 successful years as a manufacturing executive for companies in Malaysia, China and Japan, Fey made a fearless choice to change careers to pursue entrepreneurship by opening a Teriyaki Madness in the heart of downtown Charlotte, NC.
I had enough of the overseas business trips and constant travel,” Fay said. “While it was fulfilling to an
extent, I always had that entrepreneurial spirit that I wanted to greatly pursue. The other tremendous
aspect about the Teriyaki Madness opportunity is that it gives me a chance to run the business with
members of my family.”
Fay’s daughter, Caitlin, manages the Teriyaki Madness location at 1100 Metropolitan Avenue and his son, Matthew, supports daily operations, an arrangement Fay appreciates and sees as a drastic improvement from his previous career.
Fay’s downtown location is the second to open in Charlotte in the last nine months and it celebrated its grand opening on June 12, where he gave away free teriyaki bowls to local “T-MAD- loving” customers.
“Opening the franchise was a big step to take, but I believe wholeheartedly that it’s offered me a
chance to be the entrepreneur I’ve always wanted to be,” Fay said.
Ken’s fearless decision to start a franchise not only allowed him to pursue his passion but also share it with his family. One big and bold decision to change his career-path is so far a success story. His one piece of advice? #DontBeAChicken
TMAD’s very own Qing Hammel discusses overcoming your fears.
Inc.com discusses with TMAD Franchise Owner Qing Hammel the idea of fear in the entrepreneurial world, the best ways to face fear, and how to overcome it to find real success.
Deciding to become a Franchise Owner is often an intimidating prospect for many entrepreneurs, but as Qing admits you’re more than likely to hear that inner voice trying to make a positive change and make that leap.
Some things Qing kept wondering:
- “Your career encounters a bottleneck and does not give you the desired opportunity to grow.
- You do not feel challenged anymore in your current role.
- Your procrastination results in the loss of opportunities, and you repeatedly tell yourself and others, “This is what I could/should have done.”
However the challenge to overcome these thoughts is tough, but Qing points to a Japanese proverb that has helped her in overcoming her fears,
“Fear is only a feeling of yours. You are the master of it. Take small but solid steps to face it, question it and, eventually, overcome it. Focus on your goal and go toward it. Something invaluable will be waiting for you along the journey–knowledge, skills, experience, wisdom, compassion, courage and confidence. It is a rewarding journey, and you will have fun.”
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Continuing with this month’s “big and bold” theme for our #DontBeAChicken campaign, Cape Coral Teriyaki Madness franchisee Frank Giuliano sets a prime example. A former firefighter, Giuliano opted out of traditional retirement to rekindle a flame that always burned inside of him – entrepreneurship.
Giuliano, a 28-year resident of Cape Coral, Florida, fought the area’s fires for 26 years and served as the deputy battalion chief for the Bonita Springs Fire District. But he always felt the entrepreneurial spirit he was born with and had put to work in his mid-20s as the owner of a hot dog joint in Chicago.
When it came time for Giuliano to retire from a long career of firefighting, rather than sit back and put his life in cruise control, he decided to open his own restaurant. In May 2017, Giuliano opened the doors to his own Teriyaki Madness franchise, treating his community to the big, bold bowls of all-natural meats and fresh-cut vegetables that make mouths water all over the United States.
“I’ve always had the passion for business ownership,” he said. “When I found the Teriyaki Madness
opportunity, I knew it was the right fit for me. Aside from having amazing food that’s different from
what’s out there, they offer a proven operating system. When I was a kid owning my hot dog shop, I had
no idea what I was doing. Teriyaki Madness gave me the opportunity to run a quality fast-casual
restaurant with a tremendous amount of training and support.”
But Giuliano didn’t stop there. He wanted to be even more big and bold by giving back to Cape Coral. Giuliano partnered with Guardian Angels of Special Populations for his grand opening and plans to continue the relationship. Giuliano, whose niece and nephew have Down syndrome, donated $1 from the purchase of each Teriyaki Madness bowl to benefit the group. The charity, which operates out of the Freida B. Smith Special Populations Center in Cape Coral, organizes activities and events, as well as raises
funds and awareness for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
A prime example of being bold and courageous, Giuliano shows how everyday can be a new and exciting challenge – even in “retirement.”
Our September #DontBeAChicken campaign celebrates the idea of having courage, taking steps that are as big and bold as the food we offer on our menu. While she might be petite in frame, there’s no better example of big and bold than Qing Hammell, a native of China who made a drastic career change to pursue her love of food and business to open her very own Teriyaki Madness franchise.
Hammell came to the United States 20 years ago to pursue an MBA at Claremont Graduate University in California. From there, she continued as an actuary that led her to Bermuda and then Minneapolis, before realizing her true business passions were ignited by entrepreneurship. Fearless, Hammell took a leap of faith and invested in Teriyaki Madness to open up her first shop just south of Denver in the summer of 2016. Now, she has plans to open additional locations in the area.
“There are skills you can carry over from the financial industry to entrepreneurship, like management,
operations and also financial knowledge,” Hammell said. “But nothing will truly ever prepare you for
running your own business until you dive into the deep end and start doing it yourself. It’s much more
work than you will ever imagine.”
When she worked in an office, Hammell was always on the lookout for a variety of lunch options,
especially healthy ones. This drew her to the restaurant industry – she wanted to do something
“I always had an entrepreneurial drive, but I didn’t quite know where to go with it,” she said. “When I
found Teriyaki Madness, it was so attractive because of its food and support. The all-natural meats and
vegetables are incredible, and the backing of the Teriyaki Madness corporate team sold me on the
Hammell says part of her drive to open her own restaurant came from the idea of giving back to those
who helped her along her journey.
“I came here with nothing and I had so many people helping me,” Hammell said. “Now I feel that it’s my
turn to return the favor and pay it forward. I was nervous when I left China, but the move and dramatic
change has made grow in so many ways. The experience of surviving and being successful in my job has
taught me persistence and the importance of optimism. You are going to encounter difficulties, you will
fall, you will cry, but you learn from your mistakes and continue to move forward. I can’t wait to see
where my teriyaki shops take me.”
Take it from an amazing franchisee, Qing Hammell: Anything is possible when you put your mind to it. The next great entrepreneurial success story could be you. #DontBeAChicken.
Teriyaki Madness challenge to customers: #DontBeAChicken
September is National Chicken Month, and Teriyaki Madness is not light on the celebration. With the Teriyaki Madness’s product and company culture along with their values projecting boldness, Teriyaki Madness challenges everyone in their new marketing campaign to embrace their adventurous side with #DontBeAChicken.
The goal of the campaign is to encourage consumers along with everyone to share their inner spirit, take life by the horns, and #DontBeAChicken. This could mean doing something that you never thought you could do before. For example, taking on a new career or accomplishing life-long dreams. It could also be something smaller like getting to know your co-workers better or trying a new activity. Whatever it is, TMAD wants everyone to embellish in their personality. Michael Haith, CEO of Teriyaki Madness, states:
“Boldness is inherent in the Teriyaki Madness culture, so the #DontBeAChicken campaign is our way of emboldening existing and future brand fans. If you’ve been afraid of something recently or your whole life, do something about it and tell us, because we’re on your side. We’ll give you plenty of food and prizes as a reward for your boldness.”
That’s right, food and prizes are rewarded for not being a chicken. Take a picture of your boldness, caption it #Don’tBeAChicken when posting it on social media and you could be greatly thanked for sharing the boldness. Follow Teriyaki Madness on their social media accounts for ways to step out of the comfort zone. TMAD will also be announcing special deals and offers throughout the month on their Facebook page and Instagram account. Be on high alert!
To learn more, click HERE, or to find more details visit one of our 50+ Teriyaki Madness locations.
TMAD is the Top 5000 by INC.
Another record is broken! Recently published in the Top 5000 by INC., a rank of the fastest growing private companies in America for 2017, has named Teriyaki Madness a contender in the ranking. Teriyaki Madness in the top half of the 5000 companies, of all industries, but looks to continue their growth.
For the past year, Teriyaki Madness’ growth rate has been at 171.37%, while their revenue for the year has been over $3.1 million. This is a large improvement from the previous years. They could not be more proud; Congrats TMAD!
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