John Kunkel // Chief Executive Officer
It’s been said that John has the “Midas Touch,” that “whatever he touches simply turns to gold.” Not so. The “touch” in fact results from a passionate and rigorous hands-on approach to every aspect of business, from ideation and finance to execution and operation at every level. For the past 20 years, his wildly successful projects have been fueled by a sleeves-rolled-up, sweat-on-the-brow, entrepreneurial spirit.
John founded 50 Eggs a dozen years ago with an unyielding drive and a “nothing’s impossible” ethos, hence the Cool Hand Luke reference for the name. His diverse experience and “good enough, ain’t enough” determination is what has set the standard at 50 Eggs in both its business and its culture.
Kunkel and his concepts have been widely recognized for their success, including:
*2012 Business Leader’s “Top 50 Entrepreneurs”.
*2012 Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, Ernst & Young
*2012 “Top 100 Social Media Brands” Nation’s Restaurant News
*2011 “Power Players” Miami Magazine
*2011 “CEO’s Mission Sets Pace for Entire Brand” QSR Magazine
*2011 Inc. Magazine
*2011 Business Week Magazine
*2011 Entrepreneur Magazine
*2010 Miami Herald’s “20 Under 40 Business Leaders”
Kunkel has served as an advisor for many entrepreneurs and organizations throughout the industry, as well as a commentator for CNN, NBC and Fox News.