By: Demond A. Jackson
This months honor goes out to, Andre Weiderhorn chairman and chief executive of Fatburgers Inc., based in Beverly Hills. Was arrested under a 22-count federal indictment, charges ranging from mail fraud-to-witness tampering. In 2004 , he decided to plead guilty to the offense’s pay an illegal gratuity and filing false tax returns. He spent 15 months in prison. When questioned about his prison experience Weiderhorn has stated: “I saw an awful lot of terrible things” , “Dealing with a failure showed me that all I can change is where I go from here.” and that is exactly what he is doing.
After his release from prison, Wiederhorn became chief executive of Fatburger, under his tutelage Fatburgers is aggressively expanding, in 2003 Fatburgers had 40 restaurant. Nine-years later there were 150 located in 27 countries.
Weiderhorn is a major support of higher education, he’s a donor for USC Associates, a mentor speaking to our future entrepreneurs, married with six children Weiderhorn is a shining example that an ex-felon is a simply someone who has made a mistake, yet possesses the potential to reflect that in a nation were every man is created equal we are not the sum total of our bad decisions. If given the opportunity there are those like us who are committed to this nation grow in a positive way. Andre Weiderhorn, are helping many incarcerated men and women find their way and it is a honor to recognize that.
God bless you, your family, your growth and prosperity.