The name Truett Cathy is very common in the news lately. He is the founder and CEO of Chick-fil-A, and the man who made a public stand for traditional marriage which started a media frenzy and publicized storm. The 90+ year old Cathy most likely had no intentions of starting the problem, but when faced with adversity, he stood his ground even when he knew it was not popular. As the Weekly Standard shares, Cathy was asked by members of the media if he supported traditional marriage. When he agreed that he did, many groups started a nation-wide boycott of his restaurant chain which soon dominated the news. The responding show of support was even larger, but do those on either side of the controversy know the whole story of Cathy and Chick-fil-A? It is a truly inspiring tale of triumph by standing for what he believes.
Birth of a Rebel Entrepreneur
In 1921, Cathy was born in Eatonton, Ga. His family was forced to move to Atlanta when he was still a small boy after a boll weevil infestation destroyed their farm. Since his dad, an insurance salesman could not make enough money to support Cathy and his brothers and sisters, Cathy’s mom took in boarders. Cathy, at the age of eight years old, started his first “business” by selling magazine and cokes door to door, opening a coke stand on their front lawn, and helping his mom with making beds, cleaning, and caring for their boarders. During his time in “business,” Cathy would learn customer service, hospitality, work ethics, and much more ideals that he would take with him as a business owner.
Faith Steps In
Although Cathy’s dad was often too busy working to spend anytime with the boy, a Sunday School teacher by the name of Abbot taught him about a Heavenly Father who would always be there for him. Cathy decided at a very young age to dedicate his life to that Father, and to give his money and time accordingly. When he opened his very first restaurant, Cathy and his wife, Jeanette soon decided to pay 90 percent in tithes instead of the usual 10 percent. Amazingly, Cathy still managed to become a millionaire despite giving so much away so freely. His choices of giving have invited some of the latest controversy, since he supports many pro-marriage groups, but many patrons flooded his restaurant locations on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day to show their support of his right to give wherever he chooses. Cathy is a true rebel entrepreneur, taking a stand against the masses to boldly stay firm in his beliefs.