Chris Fowler

“I’m living a dream.”

President, Fowler Foods, Inc.

Key West, Florida

Hank’s (Key West)

Miller Lite

Chris Fowler’s mother and father, Jama and Wallace Fowler, founded the family business of Fowler Foods, Inc. in 1965 with the purchase of one KFC, and by 1985 the company owned 93 KFC restaurants. The family sold all but four restaurants before Jama and Wallace retired from the business, but Chris has brought the number back to its former glory. He believes that the way he builds and nurtures relationships is among the main reasons for his success, learning that working to have good relationships — be it family, friends or at work — truly sets one apart from others and has helped make him a better person.

Chris Fowler

“I’m living a dream.”

President, Fowler Foods, Inc.

Key West, Florida

Hank’s (Key West)

Miller Lite

Chris Fowler’s mother and father, Jama and Wallace Fowler, founded the family business of Fowler Foods, Inc. in 1965 with the purchase of one KFC, and by 1985 the company owned 93 KFC restaurants. The family sold all but four restaurants before Jama and Wallace retired from the business, but Chris has brought the number back to its former glory. He believes that the way he builds and nurtures relationships is among the main reasons for his success, learning that working to have good relationships — be it family, friends or at work — truly sets one apart from others and has helped make him a better person.

WHAT IS A 'GOOD MAN?'

In my mind, being a “good man” means being there for others, always keeping your word and helping others whenever possible.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

I am most proud of my family. Being a husband, dad and granddad is my greatest accomplishment. A close second would be continuing and growing the business that my parents worked so hard to build.

SURPRISING FACT:

I collect Corvettes. Two were purchased through the Corvette Museum Delivery Program. My wife, Kim, our friends Kristy and Kurt Reed, and I toured the National Corvette Museum, and I was able to drive the cars off the museum floor.

FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB:

As a KFC franchisee and Fowler Foods, Inc. president for 35-plus years, I have had the opportunity to work with some incredible people within our own organization and the KFC system. People are what I love most about my job.

PERSON YOU ADMIRE MOST:

The person I admire most is my mom. She always worked right alongside my dad in all their businesses in leadership roles during a time when women were not as involved in business. She has always been smart, successful and driven.

LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE PANDEMIC:

One of the key lessons I learned from the pandemic was the ability to adapt in our work environment. The pandemic completely changed our restaurant operations. Our dining lobbies were closed, and we began to operate as drive-thru-only restaurants.

HOW HAVE YOUR EXPERIENCES SHAPED YOU?

In 2012, I was diagnosed with cancer. I decided to allow this experience to shape me into a better person by truly valuing those close to me, being there for others and living life to the fullest.

WHAT IS A 'GOOD MAN?'

In my mind, being a “good man” means being there for others, always keeping your word and helping others whenever possible.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

I am most proud of my family. Being a husband, dad and granddad is my greatest accomplishment. A close second would be continuing and growing the business that my parents worked so hard to build.

SURPRISING FACT:

I collect Corvettes. Two were purchased through the Corvette Museum Delivery Program. My wife, Kim, our friends Kristy and Kurt Reed, and I toured the National Corvette Museum, and I was able to drive the cars off the museum floor.

FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB:

As a KFC franchisee and Fowler Foods, Inc. president for 35-plus years, I have had the opportunity to work with some incredible people within our own organization and the KFC system. People are what I love most about my job.

PERSON YOU ADMIRE MOST:

The person I admire most is my mom. She always worked right alongside my dad in all their businesses in leadership roles during a time when women were not as involved in business. She has always been smart, successful and driven.

LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE PANDEMIC:

One of the key lessons I learned from the pandemic was the ability to adapt in our work environment. The pandemic completely changed our restaurant operations. Our dining lobbies were closed, and we began to operate as drive-thru-only restaurants.

HOW HAVE YOUR EXPERIENCES SHAPED YOU?

In 2012, I was diagnosed with cancer. I decided to allow this experience to shape me into a better person by truly valuing those close to me, being there for others and living life to the fullest.

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