When Robert Pyles was a child, growing up with 9 siblings and being raised by a single mother, he never imagined he would be as successful as he is now.
Robert Pyles is a successful entrepreneur who owns 12 McDonald’s franchises in Wisconsin.
However, he is currently one of Wisconsin’s greatest employers of African Americans, and he draws inspiration from his prior struggles.
began at the bottom
Pyles began working in the service sector as a part-time employee at a Wyoming McDonald’s to supplement his income while in the Air Force.
Since then, he has come to the realization that serving customers is what he truly enjoys doing.
Within two and a half years, he finished the McDonald’s ownership training course.
He then took the opportunity to open a McDonald’s location in Milwaukee, as suggested by the former CEO of McDonald‘s Corp., Don Thompson.
He opened his first McDonald’s on February 14, 1998. He admitted that it wasn’t easy at first with all the demands of fast service.
But stopping isn’t one of his options. “I told myself ‘never let ’em see you sweat.’ I knew I had to hold true to what I believed,” he told Black Enterprise.
Prepared for growth
From one location, he opened another one in the next year and it continued growing over the years to up to 12 locations now.
Despite that, Pyles believes that success in business isn’t measured by growth. You must be prepared for growth and pay close attention to profitability.
You can have less stores and be more profitable,” he said. “My goal wasn’t necessarily to keep adding stores.
I wanted to create a training center environment to let people see that an African American operator can operate at a certain level.”
With about 45 employees in each location, he employs around 600 people all in all.
Aside from providing jobs to the community, he wanted to ease the burden of his employees in finding affordable housing near work.
So he partnered with a friend who has a construction business and started Magnolia Realty, wherein they purchase foreclosed properties near his McDonald’s stores, rebuild it, and sells it to them at a reasonable price.
Pyles now has a comfortable life with his wife and three children who assist him in the business after a difficult upbringing as one of nine children raised by a single mother.
And he wants to motivate others to follow in his footsteps and succeed. Being both visible and reachable in the community is crucial, in my opinion “said he.
To succeed, I cannot do it by myself. My objective is to assist others in obtaining McDonald’s ownership approval.
Since there is no inherited ownership in the event of an owner’s passing, I began with my wife.
I’m currently working to win the support of others.”