By Dana Sanchez
When Quincy L.A. Springs IV of Atlanta applied to become a Chick-fil-A franchisee, he had to write 12 essays, go through 10 rounds of interviews, and provide a copy of his high-school transcript.
Less than a quarter of 1 percent of applicants get selected by Chick-fil-A to become operators. Springs was one of the lucky few. He opened the Vine City Chick-fil-A in 2017.
A decorated military officer, Springs’ LinkedIn page gives insight into why he was chosen.
Springs served as a logistics officer and combat advisor for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. He has an international service record and says he’s passionate about empowering youth and growing jobs in underrepresented Atlanta communities. Springs worked as general manager of an Atlanta Walmart that did $40 million in annual sales. He earned a degree in philosophy from Washington and Lee University, graduating cum laude.
“When I got the opportunity to become an operator, I cried,” Lee told Business Insider.