Where do you work and what are your responsibilities?
I am employed at Kennedy's Karne, a family owned business that my grandfather Jesus Soto started in the Imperial Valley. As it is a family business, the responsibilities are without limit, but thankfully we have an incredible staff that always pulls together as a team.
What path did you take to arrive in your current position?
I worked my way through the ranks in literally every position and performed every duty including mopping the floors. But it didn't take me long to realize that Escondido is an amazing community, so I got to know people. Over the years I was blessed to hear stories from all walks of life and professions, and what I realized is that there were so many valuable, loyal and wonderful people that came in to my place of employment.
I began to ask myself how we could be more involved in the community. This thought process lead us to catering for the FFCC (Friends and Family Community Connection), such an experience that was. Our catering grew to other events and the next thing you know, are in the newspaper! Year by year we experienced tremendous growth. The Escondido Chamber of Commerce played a big part in spreading the name. So, my title went from Cashier/Cook to Manager to General Manager and soon Regional General Manager as we have now expanded in the greater San Diego area.
If you could try another job for a day, what would it be?
I would try something in law enforcement. I cannot even truly imagine what it must be like, I'm sure their rough days would give a different perspective to my rough day.
Tell us about an experience you consider part of your 15 minutes of fame?
I was featured in a nationally syndicated commercial that aired during the Simpsons back in 2002. The commercial was for DeVry. I guess you could say that was the closest 15 seconds of fame for me.
What are you passionate about?
Easy. People. I love people. I love our idiosyncrasies that make us so unique, I love the families that spend time eating together, the newlyweds discussing their big day, the Escondido Charter high school students that come in for their Large Carne Fries. People are everything and the compassion and heart they exude excites me. My favorite people, are the people I work with, they protect the store as if it was theirs, work tirelessly, come in early, leave late, rearrange their lives for the greater good. They make me so proud.