When she was just 15 years old, Ashley Lamothe started working at Chick-fil-A. Now ten years later she has become the youngest franchise owner in the company’s history.
She Never Considered Owning A Restaurant
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It started out like any part-time job, a little something to do to make some extra cash. But Ashley enjoyed it so much when it came time to attend college, she began working at a Chick-fil-A restaurant near campus.
As she attended Spelman College in Atlanta, she worked her way up at Chick-fil-A until she became a director on the leadership team.
“At the time, I thought it was just a great job to have while pursuing my degree in theatre,” says Ashley. That is, until her restaurant Operator pulled her aside to ask about her long-term goals and recommend a career in leadership.
“I’d never considered it. Sometimes you just need someone to help you see your potential,” says Ashley.
But soon she changed her major to economics with the desire to own her own Chick-fil-A restaurant. Then in 2011, only five years after graduating from college she achieved her dream.
The first restaurant Lamothe’s acquired was the same restaurant she began working at when she was just a teen. This past spring, she opened her second location in downtown Los Angeles.
She Received The Symbol of Success
Now Ashley’s focus is to inspire her team to reach their goals – whatever they may be.
“I want to help them get to where they want to go,” she says. “Whether it’s a career with Chick-fil-A, or studying law or medicine, or anything. I want to help them make that next step, just like so many have done for me.”
Recently the savvy businesswoman was awarded the company’s Symbol of Success, an honor only reserved for Chick-fil-A Operators who have achieve high sales in their businesses.
“It’s humbling to be honored. But I feel like I’m just getting started,” she says.
IF you want to follow Ashley’s incredible journey follow her on Instagram at @ashleythe0ne