Whatâ€™s the best training for a CEO?
â€œ[McDonaldâ€™s] was the best job I ever had,â€ Tariq Farid, founder and CEO of Edible Arrangements, told CNBC’s Squawk Box. â€œI started working at McDonaldâ€™s at 15. Itâ€™s a phenomenal concept, sticking kids in the kitchen, teaching them systems, that this goes before this. I loved the system, and going through it, you really wanted to compete.â€
Farid, whose company’s 1,100 franchises are in the U.S. in 50 other countries, took what he learned about systems, training and customer service, and open a flower business at the age of 17. In the process of looking for new concepts and ways to gain more customers, he came up with edible flowers fashioned from fruit.
â€œI saw that people wanted the â€˜wowâ€™ factor, he said. And while it took a little while for the concept to catch on, by 1999, his Edible Arrangements concept opened in East Haven, Conn., and he began franchising the concept.