More than 30 students from the McCamish School of Business took their learning off campus March 28 to Chick-fil-A headquarters in downtown Atlanta thanks to Canton Chick-fil-A owner/operator Kevin Williams.
According to business instructor Tina Boosell, Williams supported the trip with his money and time.
Williams paid for the tour and accompanied the students on the trip, while Chick-fil-A provided lunch. Williams said he was happy to sponsor the trip and enjoys showing business students what kind of opportunities are available.
“Basically, I love spending time with business students and Reinhardt students. I enjoy being able to take them into the corporate world and let them see what’s going on in some forward-thinking businesses like Chick-fil-A,” Williams said. “Sometimes a college student doesn’t understand the opportunities with a franchise and owning your own business. I enjoy exposing them to all the marketing and innovation going on. You have to get out there and see it all.”
Students met with Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy who spoke about the company and his father’s passion for the business.
“We toured Truett’s Office, talked with guides about the culture and history, toured the innovation center and visited the museum. Students also got to see collaborative work environments that they will experience as they begin work,” said Professor Tina Boosell.
Students on the trip met with Andre Kennebrew, a talent manager at Chick-fil-A. He held a mock interview with student Carlos Guzman and offered tips on how to prepare for the job search and interview process.
“When I asked students what they liked most about the day, they all went back to the fact that Chick-fil-A was very open about their strong Christian values,” Boosell said. “In a culture that makes you think you must suppress your beliefs, they were able to see that Christian companies can thrive.”
Student Allie Hale said she enjoyed getting to see the ins and outs of a successful business and was thankful for Kevin Williams and Dan Cathy for taking time out of their days for the RU students.
“I loved being able to go behind the scenes and see how one of the most respected and popular companies that started in our own state of Georgia worked. Seeing Chick-fil-a Headquarters only strengthened my respect for them,” Hale said. “I learned that Chick-fil-A’s success comes from more than just selling chicken. It came through their faith and hard work.”
In addition to the students, Dr. Roger Lee, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, Dr. Dana Hall, assistant professor of business, Cindy Moss, lecturer of business, Tina Boosell, instructor of business, and Dr. Kathy Hyatt, associate professor of business, attended the trip.