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NAJEE’S NOTES: Karim Webb is businessman on the rise

PCF Restaurant Management Co-Founder Karim Webb is being recognized as this month’s African-American business owner. Webb is 25-year veteran of the restaurant industry.

In his current position as co-owner and operations partner of PCF Restaurant Management, a Los Angeles-based franchisee of Buffalo Wild Wings, he uses his expertise to oversee the development and operations for each of their restaurants.

All three locations (Baldwin Hills, Carson, and Torrance) have consistently outpaced regional and national sales trends within the industry and have produced double-digit sales increases. The Baldwin Hills location was recognized for achieving the highest sales percentage increase of any Buffalo Wild Wings in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Last month, Webb, along with his co-founder, Edward Barnett, celebrated the opening of their newest Buffalo Wild Wings location on Vermont Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard in Koreatown.

Webb is best known for creating a successful franchise restaurant in South Los Angeles in 2011, the first full-service restaurant in the area since the 1992 Los Angeles riots. His business model includes training in management, business and life skills for workers and youth in the local community.

Webb won Black Enterprise Magazine’s 2014 Annual Small Business Award for Franchise Company of the Year.

His father, Reggie Webb, was an executive at McDonald’s. When Karim was 11, his father became a McDonald’s franchisee in the Inland Empire.

The family business grew to 16 restaurants, where Karim worked with his two siblings, and was trained in all aspects of restaurant operations. By the time Webb was 28, he had been working in the restaurant business for 17 years. Webb attended Morehouse College in Atlanta. And is one of the best role models that young people in South Los Angeles have.

Webb provides opportunities for neighborhood youth in jobs, training and fresh starts. At his Crenshaw Buffalo Wild Wings location, he hired most of the staff from the Los Angeles Urban League, which helps young minority Angelenos find education and employment.

Webb takes part in nonprofit community programs such as the California Community Foundation’s BLOOM (Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men) program, which mentors 14-to-18-year-old African American males who are or have been on probation for nonviolent crimes. Webb gives bloomers jobs, but also mentors those who get jobs with his business. It is a five-year initiative launched in 2012.

In 2014, Webb announced a partnership between his restaurant and Dorsey High School’s School of Business and Entrepreneurship. His 16-week program taught 29 students how to effectively run a restaurant from beginning to end. The final test was a fully functional pop-up restaurant, developed and operated by the students.

Webb won Black Enterprise magazine’s 2014 Annual Small Business Award for Franchise Company of the Year.

He was voted as the vice-chair of the Board of Directors for the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce and became the chairman of the Los Angeles Southwest College Foundation.

Webb is clearly a young business super-star in our city who I believe will continue to do great things.

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