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Reginald Webb

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Restaurant Owner and Operator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Catfish (Fried)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Baja California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/25/1948
Birth Location:
South Bend, Indiana

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Restaurant Owner and Operator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Catfish (Fried)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Baja California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/25/1948
Birth Location:
South Bend
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Biography

Businessman and McDonald’s franchisee Reginald “Reggie” Webb was born in South Bend, Indiana, on March 25, 1948. Growing up, Webb went to the South to live with his great-grandparents for a year to help on their farm in 1958. In 1959, he moved with his grandmother to California, settling in South Central Los Angeles. While attending high school at Manual Arts, Webb was mentored by his minister, the Reverend T.M. Chambers, and by an elderly Jewish woman his grandmother worked for named Sally Smalley.

In 1966, Webb joined the U.S. Coast Guard, serving until 1969. In the Coast Guard, Webb was first stationed in Connecticut, and later served in California during the peace movement of the 1960s, as well as the assassination of Dr. King and the emergence of the Black Panthers. After his honorable discharge from the Coast Guard, Webb attended California State University in Los Angeles, where he studied political science. While attending school, he also became involved with the War on Poverty. In 1973, Webb joined the accelerated management development program of McDonald’s, and after spending time training in the restaurants, he was moved into the corporate division. After holding numerous positions with the company, Webb decided to become a franchisee in 1985, largely due to his desire to stay in Southern California. He started with two franchises in Pomona, California, and today he operates eleven restaurants in Southern California.

In addition to his franchises, Webb is the chairman of the National Leadership Council for McDonald’s owner/operators, an organization that encompasses 11,000 of the nation’s 13,000 McDonald’s restaurants. Additionally, he served as the chairman and CEO of the National Black McDonald’s Operators Association from 1994 to 1997, where he was instrumental in helping more African Americans to become franchisees. In 2004, Webb was honored with the 365Black award from McDonald’s.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Reggie Webb interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reggie Webb's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reggie Webb tells of his mother's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reggie Webb describes encountering racism in the South
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reggie Webb's mother's childhood in Arkansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reggie Webb talks about South Bend, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reggie Webb's father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reggie Webb's earliest memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reggie Webb remembers growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reggie Webb's music experience through church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - More of Reggie Webb's early memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Reggie Webb learns about the culture of the black community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - The part that television and radio played in Reggie Webb's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Reggie Webb's knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reggie Webb moves to different elementary schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reggie Webb talks about being raised by his grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reggie Webb moves to Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reggie Webb remembers his neighborhood in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reggie Webb's life as a high school student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reggie Webb's role models in childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Negative examples in Reggie Webb's Los Angeles neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - What Reggie Webb did for entertainment as a youth in Los Angeles
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reggie Webb's interests during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Reggie Webb's plans after high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Reggie Webb's experience in the Coast Guard
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Reggie Webb talks about the social climate in the Bay area in 1968
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reggie Webb's involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reggie Webb's thoughts on African American identity in 1969
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reggie Webb's volunteer involvement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reggie Webb's ambition in the Coast Guard
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reggie Webb goes to college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reggie Webb talks about the Community Action Agency
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reggie Webb begins his career with McDonald's
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reggie Webb's positions with McDonald's
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Reggie Webb gives details about being a McDonald's franchisee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Reggie Webb discusses advertising for McDonald's
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Reggie Webb discusses why McDonald's is successful in black communities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Reggie Webb talks about the National Black McDonald's Operators Association
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reggie Webb talks about McDonald's restaurants in high crime areas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reggie Webb discusses McDonald's advertising
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reggie Webb explains how McDonald's promotes healthy eating
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reggie Webb talks about children's habits with fast food
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reggie Webb tells how McDonald's informs its consumers on nutrition
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reggie Webb talks about the McDonald's National Leadership Council
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reggie Webb discusses McDonald's Second Generation Program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reggie Webb tells about his future with McDonald's
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Reggie Webb's concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reggie Webb talks about McDonald's 365 Black program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reggie Webb discusses understanding different cultures in the workplace
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - What Reggie Webb would do differently
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reggie Webb tells about his grandmother
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reggie Webb's legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - How Reggie Webb would like to be remembered