When you walk into the McDonald's restaurant on Australian Avenue, you'll probably be greeted by this man-- Ricky Wade. "I can tell you, I get up every day excited to go to work," says Wade.
Some customers may think Ricky is the official greeter or flips burgers.
But he's the restaurant owner.
Wade owns 14 restaurants in Palm Beach and Martin counties.
"Sometimes I say it's luck. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work for a great company, the McDonald's Corporation. And then had the ability to come back to West Palm Beach and be a franchisee," Wade said.
Ricky wants to inspire minorities to success.
He was born in Jamaica and came here to the U-S more than 30 years ago.
He worked hard hoping one day to own a business.
"We all had a first job. And if we didn't have the chance to have the opportunity to be successful or be given a chance to start, we would never know what it is like. So I am very motivated and excited to give these opportunities to some kids," says Wade.
Now he is giving back.
He volunteers for several organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club and the Urban League of Palm Beach County.
"They have these Nu Lites, and they have these kids who are getting jobs for the first time. And I offer my restaurants for them. I'm on the board of the ARC. I hire what I would call disabled," says Wade.
He says the key to success is appreciating his employees and his customers, "I will never walk by a customer and not thank a customer for being in my restaurant. Because I am very appreciative that they chose my place of business to have a meal instead of going somewhere else."