| Jul 09, 2013
Since joining the COBS family, Kelly Hodgins has been learning the ropes and gearing up to open her very first business (and our very first bakery) in Okotoks, Alberta at Centennial Village this August.
"No matter what the challenge, Kelly is always smiling. This never fails to amaze me!" says Michelle, our Calgary Area Manager.
We hope you enjoy getting to know Kelly and much as we have.
When did you join the COBS Bread family and what inspired you to do so?
I joined the COBS family on May 12, 2011 and did so because it has always been my dream to own my own business. My grandfather owned his own business and my great grandfather owned two businesses - one of which was the Innisfail bakery.
What did you do before working at COBS?
Prior to COBS, I worked for McDonald’s from 1980-2011. It was my first job! I started on the front counter and worked my way up through the ranks. When I left I was a Multi-Unit Restaurant Manager. I also tried a couple other jobs for short periods: Pizza Hut, My Favorite Ice Cream Shop and the Royal Bank Data Center.
What do you enjoy the most about becoming a Franchisee?
I am really excited about and looking forward to developing my team and sharing great bread with new customers.
Which charities will your bakery donate end of day products to?
We are currently looking for charities for our End of Day Giving program. If you’re interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How are you planning on getting involved with Okotoks community?
We are looking forward to supporting local charities and upcoming events in the city. So far, we have plans to be at the Summer Street Festival on August 31 as well as The Christmas Festival on November 1 & 2.
A little more about you…
If you could invite three people to dinner who would they be?
Since I only have childhood memories of my great grandfather and grandfather’s businesses and as I have been lucky to have received many pieces of business memorabilia, I would love to have a dinner with these men to talk about how they did business in their time and to learn about their triumphs and challenges.
And the third would be my mother who would be very proud of what I am doing.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
We have a blended family of seven; we have five kids ages 12-19 (3 boys, 2 girls). We really cherish family time with our immediate and extended family and like being involved with the kids’ activities. We also like to travel.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
When I was growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher. Even though I’m not a classroom teacher, I get to be a teacher at COBS. I teach a lot of young people how to be responsible in the work place; I’d like to think I’m a good teacher of new job skills for many employees.
Breadhead and Kelly share a chuckle!