Alex Merturi began his career as a Subway® Sandwich Artist® when he was just 16 years old.
Only seven years later, he purchased his first Subway location. Now he has three successful restaurants, and he’s been asked to speak around the country on how to effectively manage teams. Next month, he’ll go international with a speaking event in Toronto.
Alex was only 15 years old when he saw a new Subway restaurant was opening near his home. With his heart set on working there, he says he “bugged” Sean, the franchisee, until he hired him. As the years went on, he worked his way up — becoming the team lead, assistant manager, and eventually a manager.
A few years later, Alex was working three jobs (including his one at Subway) when the opportunity to buy a pizza shop came up. Wanting to own his own business from a young age, the potential to leave all his jobs behind and invest in his future excited him.
When Alex shared this plan with Sean, Sean asked Alex if he would consider buying his franchise instead. Alex was blown away, thinking there was no way he could ever afford a franchise; but Sean encouraged him to try, and sure enough, he got the loan. At the age of 22, Alex became a franchisee himself. He recalls, “That moment was a life-altering moment for me. Who knows where I’d be today?”
That moment was a life-altering moment for me. Who knows where I’d be today?
Twenty-three years later, Alex says he has never once thought to himself, “why did I do this?” He says, “I just love owning my own business and watching people grow.” He thinks back to when Sean inspired him to open his first restaurant and says, “I’m trying to find my own Alex now.”
Since 2002, Alex has trained over 1,000 Franchisees, Development Agents, and Field Consultants for Subway HQ. His passion for helping other business owners led him to keynote speaking at events for Subway; focusing on how to find and keep great people on your team.
His philosophy is simple: “I’m a big believer in the trench. Sandwich Artists™ are front-line people, so you have to experience that before you become an effective leader.” And even now that he owns multiple restaurants, Alex will still jump in to make sandwiches to support his team and keep in touch with what’s happening.
If you really want something, you can make it happen somehow.
When Alex puts together a team, he builds their confidence by getting to know them and then using the right words to motivate them. To Alex, the employee is just as valuable as the guest; “If the employee is in a great environment, it naturally channels through.”
His advice for other people just starting out; “If you really want something, you can make it happen somehow.”
Interested in following the same path as Alex? Visit www.mysubwaycareer.com.
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