Entrepreneurs talk about success

Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 05:08 PM.

"I worked 365 days a year in the beginning," he said. "I tell people who come to me wanting to open a franchise, 'If you want to do this, you have to be in your restaurant.'"

Today, Green currently has 31 locations open, he has opened five in the past seven years and is poised to take them international.

His keys to success?

"Plan, schedule, implement," he said. "Pay attention to details. It's important to have a growth strategy. Hire great people. Strategize and reduce steps in the process. Think out of the box."

Green, who calls Destin home, feels it is important that people feel at home in his restaurant, and he treats everyone like family.

"Build relationships and have structure," he said.

He says that timing is key, you have to love what you do, and listen to your customers.

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