40 Under 40: Sonja Speck – Chick-fil-A

Feb 01, 2013 No Comments by

Sonja Speck grew up in North Carolina, and began working at a Chick-fil-A restaurant when she was 16.  She started as a cashier, and worked for Chick-fil-A through the rest of high school and college.  Speck attended Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and earned a BSBA in accounting and a master’s in tax.

Sonja Speck

Speck spent two years on the west coast, exploring California, Utah and Arizona, and moved to Fresno in the summer of 2008, where she started a Chick-fil-A franchise on Blackstone Ave. in Fresno, the first one in the Fresno area.  She employs 55 people, and her main responsibility is developing the leadership of her team.  The staff is mainly made up of college students.  A day at work for Speck usually consists of checking e-mails, visiting with guests in the dining room, having meetings with the general manager and directors, and sometimes dealing with vendors.

Speck is a graduate of Leadership Fresno Class 27, and is active in the community.  She enjoys hiking, and attends The Well Community Church as well as Regent University, where she is pursuing a doctorate in organizational behavior with an emphasis in entrepreneurial leadership.

 

 

Favorite Movie:  “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Inception”

Favorite Music Artist/Band:  Kasey Chambers

Last Book Read:  “Mary Russell” novels by Laurie R. King

 

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