Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine Issue II, 2017 - Page 32

AT H L E T E S I N F R A N C H I S I N G BY KERRY PIPES G Air Tinsley Former pro basketball star scores in franchising eorge Tinsley has been a part of Kentucky Fried Chicken/KFC for more than three decades, so long that he had the opportunity to work alongside the brand’s now-legendary founder, Harland “Colonel” Sanders, for three years. That was back in the mid-1970s after Tinsley completed a short professional basketball career in the American Basket- ball Association (ABA). The Louisville native was a standout for the Kentucky Wesleyan college basketball team that won NCAA Division II championships in 1966, 1968, and 1969. He was a two-time All-American and was named the Most Outstanding Player in the 1969 tournament. Following his col- lege career, he was selected in both the NBA and ABA drafts. He chose the ABA, where he played for the Oakland Oaks, Washington Capitals, Miami Floridians, Kentucky Colonels, and New York Nets. After his ABA career ended in 1972, Tinsley spent several years as a teacher and coach in Louisville. Destiny came calling in 1976 when the Louisville-based Kentucky Fried Chicken 30 MULTI-UNIT FRANCHISEE I SS UE II , 2 01 7 NAME: George Wm. Tinsley, Sr. TITLE: President, CEO COMPANY: PenGeo Inc., Tinsley Family Co., Tinsley Group, GWT Consulting, Tinsley Bridgeman LLC NO. OF UNITS: More than 60 at street and airport locations, anchored by Starbucks, Chili’s, Wendy’s, KFC, Pei Wei, P.F. Chang’s, Shula’s Bar & Grill, Cigar City Brewing, and The Comfy Cow. (We just closed a TGI Fridays we had for 23 years when our contract in the Tampa Airport ended). AGE: 70 FAMILY: Seretha S. (wife), Penni D. (daughter), George Wm. II (son) YEARS IN FRANCHISING: 33 as a franchisee, 8 at KFC Corp. YEARS IN CURRENT POSITION: 33