- Popeyes moving company of Florida,inc.CEO, 1995 - present
Back in the 1990’s, Leo Genovese embarked on a career in the full service restaurant business. Leo went to work for General Mills, who at the time owned Red Lobster and was creating a new concept which we know now as Olive Garden. There was one demo store in Orlando, Florida, and their goal was to bring the best product and customer service to the industry and to set such high standards that it would amaze all who visited Olive Garden. To achieve this goal, they hired the best people for the job and began the task of training each and every one of them in all areas of the full service industry. It was one of the most comprehensive training programs Leo had ever had the privilege of taking part in. Leo participated in the development of over one hundred Olive Garden restaurants from the ground up and became the director of Community Relations for the South Florida area for almost ten years.
General Mills sold the restaurant division to the Darden Group years later, but it gave Leo the knowledge he needed to venture out on his own. He opened up his first restaurant, Genovesie's, in South Beach, Florida, then three more, and then fell into a new idea--the cell phone business. Leo soon became a master dealer for Metro PCS and T-Mobile, opening up fourteen stores. They grew so fast that one day Leo decided to move one of the stores to Pembroke Lakes Mall and hired a well-known moving company in South Florida. It was the biggest mistake Leo ever made and the worst experience of his business career--he was completely swindled.
Leo contacted all the proper authorities and got nowhere. He ended up in a lawsuit; however, this was not going to solve the problem for other consumers, and it really left him feeling that he needed to do more. These companies needed to be shut down--so Popeye's was born. It was a way for Leo to take their business down by offering to the consumer an ethically sound and solid service. In return, this would hurt the sales of the bad companies. Surely along the way he has caused them to realize that doing right is the only way to do business in South Florida. After all, they have moved over 60,000 families and raised over $1.2 million in local charities. They will beat anyone’s price by far and offer flat rate packaged pricing.
"We can only be successful based on our product and amazing customer service and hospitality," Leo says, "but most of all our commitment to you...Popeye's is helping to change the world with love and a caring hand."
- McArthur High SchoolBASIC, 1980 - 1984