Business/Entrepreneur of the Month » September 2014
Donatos - Jim Snyder
Jim Snyder decided to become an entrepreneur in 1992 after a near 25 year career in the service industry with a major retailer. “l was just burnt out & wanted something new, a new challenge. While at the time the thought of owning my own business and giving up the security of a long career was very scary,” said Jim. Donatos had just begun franchising and Jim was impressed with their product and system and the principles they stood for. He became the fourth franchise partner to be approved into the Donatos system.
Living in Dublin at the time, he decided to locate his business in Bellefontaine after developing an attraction to the area and what it had to offer.
Jim found a vacant building that had been formerly occupied by the Logan County health department, and through the assistance of Thomas & Marker Construction, the building was gutted and a major renovation took place to transform it into Donatos Pizza. Donatos Pizza Bellefontaine opened for business on October 4, 1992!
Starting a new business is much like having a new baby, you have to devote a lot of time & effort in order to accomplish the desired result. Jim understands he was successful because he “built the business through building relationships." Those relationships include his employees, customers and the community.
“l have worked diligently to do things right, treating people right. Our current employees as well as those from the past have been a huge part of the success of the business,” said Jim. “They really take a lot of pride in what they do and the Donatos Promise "to serve the best pizza & make your day a little better” is the delivered result.” Jim's company has received the Promise Light Award for the strong commitment that he has shown toward the Donatos Promise and in addition he has been named Franchise Partner of the Year on two occasions.
Jim has found that being involved in the Chamber for the past 22 years has been a positive experience for his business and has opened many doors of opportunity that might not have otherwise been available to him.
“As an entrepreneur I have had many rewarding experiences that have been very different from what I experienced working for someone else. I always look forward to starting a new day and serving the needs of those we serve” shared Jim.
Donatos serves Pizza, Subs, Salads and appetizers offering Dine-in, pick up and delivery. The 815 S. Main St location opens Monday through Friday at 10:30 am and Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 am.
Jim also serves on the Chamber Board of Directors and has been a stellar leader for the organization. We congratulate Jim on his success and for the vision of bringing the Donatos Promise to Logan County.