John and Davis and his daughter Shari at the McDonalds South Tweed store. Photo: Blainey Woodham/Daily News
John and Davis and his daughter Shari at the McDonalds South Tweed store. Photo: Blainey Woodham/Daily News Blainey Woodham

Maccas magnate keeps business in the family

BACK in 1978 when John Davis got his first job with McDonald's on a part-time basis while he finished his schooling in Toowoomba, the friendships were what appealed to him.

"The camaraderie ini- tially appealed to me in the early days, but it didn't take long to see there was a career in it for me as well," Mr Davis said.

After working in stores between Toowoomba and Ipswich, Mr Davis took his first management role in 1990 at a store in Parks.

Thirty-five years later he has three franchises in his portfolio: South Tweed, Tweed City and the BP Chinderah, and another due to open in Murwil- lumbah in December.

It is a family affair these days, with Shari, Mr Davis's daughter, taking care of the administration side of the business.

After starting work in the Tweed Centro McDonald's when she was 14, Shari, now 23, has nearly a decade of experience within the company and is set to carry on in her father's footsteps.

"It has been so good I didn't even think it had been that long," Miss Davis said. "I can definitely see myself staying in the business side of things."

You may ask what has kept Mr Davis so motivated over the years and the answer lies with his staff.

"The people keep me motivated," he said.

"Watching staff grow and develop is fantastic and I have some staff that have been with me for 15 or 20 years."

The store Mr Davis got his start in was the 79th McDonald's store in the country. These days the company has close to 900 locations nationwide.



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