Meet the Founder
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I grew up during the 1960’s and 1970’s when fast food restaurants exploded on the scene. It was a wild and crazy time. I experienced it first hand working for Burger King Corp. during the early 70’s. Although I probably ate more hamburgers and fries than anyone in Southern California, I seldom ate fast food chicken because I never seemed to be able to digest fried foods.
In 1984, I had the opportunity to open a chicken restaurant of my own and I jumped at the chance. Although I didn’t know much about starting my own business , I vowed to myself that I would stick with it for 5 years no matter what happened. Lo and behold over 30 years have passed and I have personally cooked over 1,000,000 chickens during this time.
The first location was in Ontario, California. After our grand opening, I worked open to close trying to learn what it took to prepare and cook a delicious chicken. My goal was to cook a perfect chicken for every customer. There were many mistakes along the way.
Once I learned cooking procedures, I trained and motivated many employees to be able to open and successfully operate a chicken restaurant of their own.
During the 1990’s, the real estate market bottomed out and there were tremendous opportunities to lease restaurant properties. Expanding rapidly has created operational problems. Many in the restaurant industry do not fully understand the demand for perfection. For example: If you score 90% on school tests, you receive an “A” on your report card. In fast food, if you get 90% of orders correct, that means 1 out of 10 customers might have a problem and chances are your restaurant is in trouble.
My challenge going forward is to recruit the right type of motivated individuals that see the true potential of the Juan Pollo rotisserie chicken chain and are willing to jump in and help us achieve the ultimate goal: creating the largest chicken company in the world.
ABOUT “ALBERT OKURA THE CHICKEN MAN” BOOK
Albert Okura has been involved in the fast food industry as a consumer, employee, manager, or owner since McDonald’s Hamburgers burst upon the scene in the 1950’s and 1960’s. When it came time to write his own story about opportunity and potential, he did not want someone interpreting his thoughts so he wrote the way he runs his rotisserie chicken business – short, sweet, and to the point. As a youth Albert read many inspirational books and autobiographies of the rich and successful. He realizes that the book business has seen tremendous changes. In order to attract young entrepreneurs to join his quest to become the #1 ChickenMan, he keeps the writing to a minimum and includes the right amount of pictures to create accurate visuals. A picture is still worth a thousand words. The book is the “bait.” Albert is fishing for the talent to take his company to the next levels. Albert identified 40 chapters of his life he needed to spotlight. He tries to make each chapter a short story in itself and includes a life lesson learned.