Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine Issue III, 2015 - Page 38

2015 MVP AWARDS BY DEBBIE SELINSKY Up from Poverty E Eric Holm wants to eliminate hunger in the U.S. ric Holm may own 31 successful Golden Corral restaurants in Florida and Georgia and run a $150 million business, but his thoughts never stray far from the poverty in which he grew up. That’s why he’s been found every Thanksgiving for the past 22 years alongside 1,200 volunteers, serving up to 25,000 free meals at the local Salvation Army. He also is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, serving as chairman of the Finance and Development Committee and aiming NAME: Eric Holm TITLE: CEO, Metro Corral NO. OF UNITS: 31 Golden Corrals, 1 Marriott Fairfield Inn, 1 Pig Stand (original concept) AGE: 59 FAMILY: Wife Diane and three daughters, Danielle, Erin, and Erica YEARS IN FRANCHISING: 19 YEARS IN CURRENT POSITION: 19 this year—the Salvation Army’s 150th anniversary year—to start raising the $220 million needed to do what he calls “changing the dynamics of intergenerational poverty.” Holm, who has been Franchisee of the Year for Golden Corral many times, well remembers when the Salvation Army fed his family on Thanksgiving and Christmas when he was growing up, and he continues to pay that kindness forward. “I do it because the need is still so great,” he says. “We can fulfill that need, so we continue to do it. I think we all need to do as much 2015 MVP AWARDS Noble Cause Award Why do you think you were recognized with this award? We’ve spent 22 years feeding the hungry in Orlando on Thanksgiving Day and are active on the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. How have you raised the bar in your own company? First we take care of our coworkers and then they take care of our guests. What innovations have you created and used to build your company? Providing better opportunities for management to be successful. What core values do you think helped you win this award? Giving back and helping others be successful. How important is community involvement to you and your company? It’s our responsibility to give back to the community where we live and do business. What leadership qualities are important to you and your team? Respect and trust. 36 MULTI-UNIT FRANCHISEE IS S UE III, 2015