Steve Ritchie: A Humble Executive Working for Papa Johns

Hard work pays off, and that is what Steve Ritchie wanted to prove. Last January 2018, he was promoted to become the chief executive officer of one of America’s most popular pizza chains – Papa John’s. Steve Ritchie’s journey to become the corporate head began when he was still working as an operator for the pizza chain. He works for a local branch of Papa John’s, answering customer calls and other inquiries. Most of the time, he accepts the orders placed by their customers, and relay this information to the branch pizza maker. For years, Steve Ritchie endured working in the lowest ranks, receiving a maximum salary of $6 an hour for his service. He kept on encouraging himself to do his best, because he wanted to climb the ladder of success someday.

Because of his hardworking nature, Steve Ritchie was later noticed by the management team, and he was given his first promotion at the company. Under a higher position, he never forgets to remain humble, and know what his subordinates wanted. His job at Papa John’s allowed him to save enough money to open up a franchise of the popular pizza chain in their locality. He used the skills that he learned from the company and managed the franchise effectively. Surprised about his skills in handling the business, one of Papa John’s executives requires for Steve Ritchie to be immediately promoted. Being in the same room with the company’s executives, he felt intimidated at first, but he was able to get through his fear and started working with the management team. He shared his ideas on how to improve the company’s services, and promised that he will continue doing his best to ensure that the company will be able to reach new heights.

In January 2018, the management decided to promote him once again, this time as the head of the company. The company’s board members believe that someone like Steve Ritchie deserves to be promoted, and they immediately gave him his responsibilities and tasks that he have to complete. He showed a positive character even if he was already promoted, much to the delight of the people around him because he kept his feet on the ground.

Betsy DeVos, Education Reformer

“She’s as genuine and regular a person as you could meet…Just a regular person who happens to be a millionaire or billionaire,” says Gary Naeyaert, a former director of a charter school reform group which was founded by Betsy DeVos, current Secretary of Education in the Trump administration.

 

She is, however, a magnet for controversy in various education sectors. She was active in Michigan politics as a Republican Party Chairwoman and has donated generous amounts to the party. She and her husband Dick, also active in politics, donate heavily to conservative think tanks and believe strongly in the free-market ideology.

 

She was described by a former GOP attorney general in the state as “very determined, steely when she sets her mind on a goal.” Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, an opponent of charter schools and vouchers, describes her as “personable, plain-spoken, but she is dangerous.”

 

She and her family were all educated in private schools. One of her goals was to share public school funds with religious schools. She supports run-for-profit schools and believes regulations for them should be free of regulations and performance standards. The free market should determine where children should go to school, according to their parents’ decision.

 

She has been criticized for education programs she advocated for children in Detroit, one of the lowest performing school systems in the nation. Charter school tried and failed to raise education levels. Many have closed. Some critics are hopeful that the failure will lead to a greater emphasis on raising public school levels.

Naeyaert says the failures were not her fault. Despite her efforts, it was the Detroit Public Schools system is dysfunctional and unable to teach the kids. He also said there are too many “entrenched special interest groups” fighting it. He feels the city of Detroit is losing a sense of community.

 

The Devos family has made major donations to improve the city of Grand Rapids. Their names are found on many of the buildings which have been built with substantial funds from their abundant wealth. They have revitalized the city, evidence being bustling breweries and restaurants.

 

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