10:08 AM • 12/01/15
Vegas Inc: Former refugee is living the American dream with Checkers & Rally's
Nick Nasrollahi escaped persecution and is now a Checkers franchisee.
When he was 18 years old, Nick Nasrollahi escaped religious persecution in Iran to pursue a new life in the United States. When he arrived in America as a refugee, Nasrollahi attended college and got a job in the fast-food industry—a career he hasn’t left. He needed a part-time job while he was in school but after 11 promotions in the span of a couple of years, he thought maybe he should look into a career in management.
Today, Nasrollahi is the chief operating officer of Food in the Fast Lane and owns six Checkers locations with a seventh on the way. He doesn’t intend to stop there.
“I see the company owning and operating 20 or more restaurants, and supporting the community through business ownership,” Nasrollahi said.
Even with 25 years of experience in the industry under his belt, Nasrollahi is still learning and living. “What happens to us in life is just 10 percent; 90 percent is how we react to it.”