Chris Stong was a telemarketer at age 14. Literally, his employers had him call names out of a phone book to sell whatever “slipshod, crazy idea they had talked people into doing that week.”
“It was miserable,” he said.
His father, Neal, needed a dishwasher at one of his NuWay Burgers restaurants.
“It looked like a real move up in the world,” Chris Stong said.
He’s been working for the 84-year-old chain, known for its crumbly burgers, ever since.
Stong calls himself director of operations, but he says he doesn’t actually have an official title.
“What should I tell people my title is?” he said he asked his father once.
“He said, ‘Vice president.’ I said, ‘Of what?’ He said, ‘Of everything.’”