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