Freddie Wehbe: Spirit of Gainesville nominee
Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 4:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 4:21 p.m.
Freddie Wehbe is the local franchise owner of Gator Domino's Pizza, an eight store franchise in the Gainesville area and several outlets in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and the O'Connell Center. Gator Dominos is one of the top performing Domino's Franchise in the world and has won numerous national and local awards for store performance and local community involvement. Freddie has 2 engineering degrees from Florida Institute of Technology. Freddie is proudly married to Daurine and they have two children, Ronnie and Dany.
About Freddie Wehbe
Occupation: Owner of Dominos Pizza
Years in Gainesville: 17+
In 1995, Freddie became manager of the Domino's store in Gainesville located on SW 13th Street. After a year under Wehbe's leadership, sales nearly tripled. The effort won him Southeast Region Manager of the Year, plus a nomination for National Manager of the Year.
By 1997, his store's sales doubled again, which helped Freddie win his first National Manager of the Year award. Two years later the unit was the busiest conventional Domino's store in the U.S., and in 1999, he accomplished his five-year goal of becoming that store's franchisee. Both 2000 and 2001 saw even greater success for Wehbe. In both years he won the chain's National Manager of the Year award and was named a Domino's Golden Franny (given to the company's top 1 percent of franchisees for excelling in 10 different critical areas).
Since 2002, Gator Domino's has expanded to 8 Gainesville Area locations and several outlets at the Gator athletic facilities. Gator Dominos employes more than 200 team members in Alachua County and continues to be a dominant force in our Community
Freddie, Daurine and Team Domino's are strong supporters of the community. Freddie is on the board of the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce, Keep Alachua County Beautiful, Sebastian Ferrero Foundation, Domino's Advisory Board and Gateway Bank. He is also active with Life South Community Blood Bank, United Way of North central Florida, March of Dimes and the Alachua County Schools just to name a few.
Part of Freddie's successful business plan is his commitment to giving back to the community. Freddie is certainly as eligible for the community service award as the entrepreneurship award. He not only donates to countless causes in the community but he is also personally invested in the success of these non-profits. He shares his products, but also his time and business expertise to assure greater success for the organizations.
In addition to his amazing business success, and immeasurable philanthropic support, Freddie sets himself apart with his leadership capabilities. He is a mentor to many in the business community, helping to assure the success of other local businesses. He has shared his business plan and business techniques at numerous Chamber lunches and workshops. His latest presentations have included his own experience with employee theft and the steps he has taken to prevent this within his Dominos franchise. He has also traveled world-wide helping to open Dominos franchises in new world markets.
Freddie is extremely focused and concentrated. He has one point of attention to succeed and to help others succeed. His belief in giving back to the community, employee training and employee support are keys to Freddie's overall success. Without question, Freddie is an outstanding nominee for the Spirit of Gainesville Entrepreneurship award.
Submitted by Betsy Trent