It was 1968 and my senior year in high school in Springfield, MO. I had two goals: one was to be a coach and the other was to make some money. In 1969, as a 19-year old sophomore at the University of Tulsa, I took a job for $1.15/hour as a dishwasher at the second Ken’s Pizza Parlor opened by Ken Selby, one of Tulsa’s true entrepreneurs.
That is when the journey of fulfilling both of my goals began. My passion for the hospitality industry was fueled by the fulfillment of coaching and developing employees and being rewarded financially for the results. Thirty-six years later, after having served as President and COO of Selby’s company (Mazzio’s Corp.) for the previous twenty years, I left to begin the next chapter of my career.
In 2005 I became a franchisee for McAlister’s Deli and in seven years developed, opened and operated twenty restaurants. I sold them at the end of 2012. The following year I founded Bothwell Restaurant Partners, an investment, consulting and management firm.
In 2017, I joined Corporate Performance Group. I think that my affiliation with CPG will provide me with more resources to help my current and future clients meet their goals.