When it comes to success, age really is just a number. 28-year-old, Jade Colin is McDonald’s youngest Black franchise owner in the country. “My business is truly a blessing.
It was never something I would have ever thought I would be doing,” says Jade. The native New Orleanian’s relationship with McDonald’s began when her parents purchased their first restaurant in 2010. Nearly days after graduating from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a bachelors in Business Management in 2012,
Jade jumped right into the family business. “I started working in the restaurants learning McDonald’s procedures and policies.”Eventually, Jade decided to apply for the Next Generation program for children of McDonald’s owners. For two years, she endured the intensive training program. During the first year, she received the Outstanding Restaurant Manager of the Year Award for her region. In year two, she outperformed not only the region but the country and received the Ray Kroc Award. The Ray Kroc Award recognizes the top 1% Restaurant Managers in the country.
After graduating from Hamburger University and completing interviews with McDonald’s corporate executives, in 2016, at the age of 26, Jade Colin became McDonald’s youngest Black franchise owner. Jade’s advice for those trying to find or figure their passion, “Take the risk and know that it will be a lot of hard work. Pray about it. God sends everyone on a different journey in life. As you build your relationship with Him he will help lead and guide you in the right direction.” She also credits much of her success to having had generous mentors. “Network and have a core team of genuine mentors. You need people who are in your corner that will positively motivate you.
I say genuine because not everyone will have your best interest at heart,” says Jade. Jade’s biggest inspiration is her parents. In 2010, they opened their first McDonald’s franchise and now they own six. She credits her parents for paving the way for generational wealth in their family.
According to the recent study of the ethnic wealth-gap released this week by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and the Corporation For Economic Development (CFED), the average black household will need 228 years to accumulate as much wealth as their white counterparts hold today.
Jade’s parents worked full-time jobs and sometimes second jobs. As an African American community, we need more men and women to know it’s not just about right now but it’s about the generations to come, says Jade.
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