SHREVEPORT, La. - Fox 33 continues celebrating Black History Month by highlighting distinguished African Americans making a difference across the ArkLaTex.
This week, we're highlighting Roy Griggs, who explains how perseverance played a major role in helping him grow his company.
CEO and President of Griggs Enterprises, Roy Griggs and his family moved to Shreveport in 1997.
A McDonald's franchiser, he started off with just four locations.
"We've been so blessed and fortunate. Currently, today, we have 14 locations throughout the Arklatex," Griggs explained. "One in Bossier, nine in Shreveport and four in East Texas."
But, it wasn't easy getting to this point.
It was 1989 when Griggs and his family left Meridian, Mississippi for Thomasville, Alabama, investing everything they had in their first store.
"Failure was not an option." he said. "My wife and I were the two most hardworking folks in that first restaurant. We worked all day, went home and did paperwork at night. But, through perseverance and being led by God and being able to connect with great folks in Alabama and great folks here in Shreveport and the Arklatex...that's been one of our foundations. Oftentimes, I get all the accolades, but it's my team that do the heavy lifting and I'm so grateful for the work that they do."
As a black man in his industry, Griggs says his success is largely thanks to perseverance.
"We have come a long way as African Americans. We're not where we need to be or where we should be. There's still some roadblocks. There's still some struggles that we have to overcome, but we can't lose sight of who we are and what we can achieve and what we can accomplish," he said. "I remember my first beginning in a small, mostly white community and I always say I had two strikes against me when I went in: I was an outsider and and I was black. And so I had to deal with some of those things there. It wasn't always fair, but I knew what I wanted to do and I knew what I had to do. So, if you told me I couldn't or I wouldn't...I'd show you I will, I can."
And, that's exactly what he did.
"I'm so grateful to those forefathers that I stand on shoulders of now that made it possible for a little country boy like me growing up in Mississippi to now be president and CEO of 14 McDonald's franchises. It's almost unbelievable," he said. "And, hopefully, if I can inspire or motivate just one African American that he or she can do it. Because, I'm just an average person. I'm not that smart. I'm just an average person not afraid to roll up my sleeves and go to work. And, so if I can do it...they can do it."
China's former internet czar has become the latest senior official…
No meaningful progress is being made in NAFTA trade talks between the…
At a time of rapid change and consolidation in the media industry,…