Fifty five years ago, founder of Bennett Management Corp. (BMC), Bob Bennett, saw enormous potential in a relatively new company called Burger King™. Bob was very intrigued by this new concept in food service and by the outstanding quality of the food that was at the heart of the Burger King menu. Bennett Management Corp. was started in 1965 when Bob moved from Coral Gables, Florida to Toledo, Ohio to begin building the business. The company grew from the first restaurant which opened in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1966 to the current 25 Burger King restaurants operating in the tri-state area of Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. The family-owned business has been a Franchisee of Burger King Corporation for over 55 years and currently employs 1000 people. The business is headquartered in Arrowhead Park, Maumee, Ohio.
Mr. Bennett’s philanthropic endeavors began in 1965 and grew as the business grew. While supporting numerous charities, his commitment to education was evident in the classroom and on the playing field. BMC continues to support nearly 700 schools and libraries and sponsors many team sports and local sporting events in the cities where the restaurants are located. Mr. Bennett’s picture hangs in the Toledo Seagate Center in honor of his support of the Toledo Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame. The Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Easter Seals, Lucas County Children Services, Historic St. Patrick’s Food Pantry and the military are just a few of the many national and community organizations supported by Bennett Management Corp.
In 1978, the first annual Irish Open Golf Tournament was born. Mr. Bennett started the Tournament as a way to provide scholarship monies to deserving students at Central Catholic High School. BMC has helped to provide millions of dollars in tuition assistance over the years.
Mr. Bennett was very proud of the many Team Members who made successful careers at Bennett Management. His goal was to provide as much business knowledge and experience as he could to help his employees realize their goals and dreams. He was supportive and encouraging of those who took the business foundations they acquired while working at BMC on to new endeavors. The company continues to ensure our Team Members have the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally.
Mr. Bennett passed away in May of 2013 but the strong ethics, values and principals upon which he founded the company remain an integral part of the corporate culture. The set of values that he instilled upon the employees, past and present, are still at the heart of the company to day.
From hourly team members to managers and office staff, the people of BMC continue to embody the “People Pleasing People” commitment through Connecting, Appreciating and Respecting Everyone. We are dedicated to fulfill the company’s mission of being the “best in the service business.”