Burger King franchise CEO Jean Templeton talks McDonald’s, business challenges



Before she became known as the “Burger Queen” of north Alabama, Huntsville businesswoman Jean Templeton worked as an airline stewardess and bookkeeper.

Templeton, now chief executive officer of Wesfam Restaurants, which owns and operates several Burger King franchises across north Alabama, shared her success story during the Women’s Business Center of North Alabama’s Strong Coffee, Strong Women espresso-monial.

Templeton on how Burger King compares to McDonald’s…

First of all, people always want to know how do we rank in terms with McDonald’s, so we might as well get it all out there. I always say if you died and went to the bad place, you would go right through the gates and there would be a McDonald’s on the right. McDonald’s has about 33,000 units in 118 countries. Burger King has 12,700 in 73 countries. Ninety-five percent of Burger Kings are owned by individuals or franchisees. Five percent are owned by the company. Burger King was founded in 1954 in Miami by a couple of friends who had gone to Cornell’s hospitality school and they just decided to do this.

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