Tina D. Howell Makes $1.5 Million A Year With Wingstop Franchises
A former school teacher wanted to teach her children how to be successful by following your own path. Tina D. Howell is now an entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience achieving in the business world reports Black Enterprise.
Howell went from a bad divorce and trying to support her family to now currently serving as CEO of Virtual Home Care Inc., a home health agency located in Texas and owning two highly successful Wingstop franchises in South Florida.
At the 2015 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit, Howell was named Franchisee of the Year in recognition of the growth of her Wingstop franchise locations. Her Wingstop locations generate $1.5 annual sales revenue. “My first location is still one of the top producing Wingstop restaurants in the region. I get awards [from corporate] for being a member of Wingstop’s Million Dollar Club, once you reach that level of sales,” says Howell, who is slated to speak at the 2016 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit (May 4-7) at the Lowes Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.
The businesswoman explains her transformation by saying she had to invest in her vision…
A former school teacher, Howell attributes the success of her businesses to being a natural born leader who perseveres through adversity with minimal focus on circumstances. What’s more, she has a risk-averse appetite. When Howell began pursuing an opportunity in franchising, she was clueless about the restaurant industry. She got a list of existing Wingstop franchisees that she could visit. She signed a development agreement and paid $12,000 to lock down an area. She drove around with friends, looking at locations, and hired a contractor to build out the restaurant. She found a lender who was willing to give her 70% of the financing; she came up with 30%, with total costs at about $350,000.