Jade Colin made headlines earlier this month when The Black Professional broke the news that she held the title of the youngest black owner of a McDonald’s in company history. Colin acquired her franchise after working at her family’s McDonald’s straight out of college and then completing the restaurant chain’s Next Generation program.
We sat down with the 28-year-old CEO to find out how she overcame her challenges to find success—and make history—all before turning 30:
CAN YOU SHARE WITH US HOW YOU WERE ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY OWN A MCDONALD’S FRANCHISE AT THE AGE OF 26?
To become anything great in life, you have to reach for the sky, even if you only grab a star. As a McDonald’s owner, in everything I do, I strive for excellence. I spent countless hours working as a restaurant manager. I learned everything about policies and procedures. I woke up every morning analyzing ways to increase sales and transactions, and how to improve the brand’s reputation. I had a great team behind me. I pushed them for greatness and to strive for excellence. When you believe in excellence, success will follow anything you do.