CEO Q&A: What Time Do You Like To Be at Your Desk?
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CEO Q&A: What Time Do You Like To Be at Your Desk?

CEO Q&A: What Time Do You Like To Be at Your Desk?

In each issue of Franchise Update magazine, we profile franchise CEOs and presidents, asking each the same set of questions. Throughout the year, we'll be selecting one of those questions - and providing answers from those profiles. If you want to learn more about these franchise leaders and their thoughts on other topics, click the links with their responses to read their full profile.

This week we asked them: What time do you like to be at your desk?


Rob Price, CEO and President, School of Rock
I never like to be at my desk. I don't have an office or desk at our HQ. I move from place to place like a nomad. I tend to be at the office between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m., but I work at least another two hours at night. I travel extensively, having visited 95 schools in my first 10 months. Read the full profile here.

Jon Nobis, CEO, Two Men and a Truck
I would say never. I would rather be with people collaborating on new ideas and opportunities. That generally starts at about 7:45 a.m. for me after I drop my kids off at school. Read the full profile here.

Brian Petranick, CEO and President, RiseMark Brands
Early. I am definitely a morning person. My most focused and productive time of the day is early in the morning, and it stays that way leading up to lunch. I prefer to schedule most meetings and phone calls for the afternoon to protect that valuable morning time. Read the full profile here.

Nicole Ossenfort, CEO and President, Liberty Tax
I'm checking emails as early as 5 a.m. I get to my desk around 8 a.m. or so. Read the full profile here.

Larry Oberly, CEO and President, SpeedPro Imaging
I like the early mornings, usually before most of the team arrives. I call it "my time," and it truly is my time to work on projects. I feel that the time during the meat of the day is for my team and my customers. I want to be available to their needs. I believe in being a servant leader. I'm primarily here for others. By scheduling my time as I do, I can be there for them. Read the full profile here.

Michael Poates, President and COO, Mr. Gatti's Pizza
8:30 a.m. It gives me enough time to get up, prioritize my day, and walk into work with a plan - and by 8:30 I have already engaged all critical matters one-on-one. I have an open-door policy, so anyone can walk in when they need. That access allows us to make decisions more nimbly. Hence, it makes good sense to be buttoned up when you walk in. Read the full profile here.

Tammy Whitworth, Chair and CEO, Window World
Typically, I like to exercise in the morning before taking the kids to school, or vice versa depending on the day. I'm usually in the office by 9 or so. And even though I'm not always at my desk, I'm always available. Read the full profile here.

Published: August 4th, 2019

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