Father Goes from Employee to Employer, Acts as Role Model for Son

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Opening Teriyaki Madness a Good Fit with Past Brand-Building Experience

I realized that being an entrepreneur versus an employee is what I wanted to model for my son.

Before becoming a business owner, Russ Thyret worked at a major soft drink company for 19 years, focusing on marketing, promotions and IT support. After considering the possibility of owning his own business for a long time, it was the thought of his 15-year-old son that helped him finalize his decision.

“I realized that being an employer versus an employee is what I wanted to model for my son,” Thyret said.

With his background in consumer package goods and food service, Thyret chose to open a Teriyaki Madness restaurant, which is fast casual Asian restaurant. “The business model [of Teriyaki Madness] is fresh, crisp and aligns with my skills of building a brand and executing flawlessly. It was a natural fit.”

Thyret’s business coach from The Entrepreneur’s Source, Ed Echt, identified Guidant Financial as a possible partner to help Thyret convert his 401k into a capital investment for his new Teriyaki Madness franchise. “Guidant held my hand throughout the information process and provided post-funding support,” Thyret said.

While being a business owner keeps Thyret busy, he donates his spare time to volunteering with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and supporting his local community.

The Pasadena location of Teriyaki Madness, located at 105 N. Hill Ave., is now open to the public. To learn more about this location of Teriyaki Madness, email russthyret(at)crown-city(dot)com or call 626-744-1500.


About Teriyaki Madness
Since 2003, Teriyaki Madness has offered customizable teriyaki bowls and Asian dishes with bold flavor to the public. The chain was formed by Rod Arreola, Alan Arreola and Eric Garma – two brothers and a cousin who grew up in Seattle, where Asian restaurants are on every corner. Teriyaki Madness caters to the busy lifestyle of society by offering quick, fresh and healthy cuisine in a casual environment. Visit teriyakimadness.com to learn more.

About The Entrepreneur’s Source
For more than 25 years, The Entrepreneur’s Source has provided thousands of people with the answers and the opportunities they needed to improve their lives. Our discovery and education-based method of franchise and business consulting allows our clients to discover opportunities that are ideally suited for what they are seeking for themselves and their families. Learn more at entrepreneursource.com.

About Guidant Financial
Guidant Financial helps people create the life they want through innovative small business financing. They are the premier provider of rollovers for business start-ups (ROBS). Guidant's services allow people from all walks of life the freedom to make time-sensitive investments using their retirement funds without taking a taxable distribution or getting a loan, in addition to offering traditional funding options such as SBA loans and unsecured credit. Visit Guidant on the Web at guidantfinancial.com.

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