Get the scoop on Craig Culver in Elkhorn
ELKHORN -- Local residents will have the chance to enjoy an evening with Craig Culver, founder of the Culver's restaurant chain, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 in the community room at Matheson Memorial Library in Elkhorn.
Culver will discuss how his family got its start in the restaurant business, his philanthropy work and his current role with Culver's Restaurants Franchising System.
Although the chain started with only one location in Culver's hometown of Sauk City, it has expanded to more than 500 locations. There are six Culver's restaurants within a 20-mile radius of Elkhorn alone.
Matheson Memorial Library Director Lisa Selje and her team are hosting Culver as part of their adult summer programming for the community. After attending a lecture Culver gave last year, a library patron, Judy Tucker, recommended him as a guest speaker. Selje and her staff reached out to Culver and were delighted to hear that he'd not only be happy to come tell his story, but donate his time as well. He didn't even ask for gas mileage reimbursement, she said.
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"I think it's important to hear the Culver's story from Craig himself because he is the CEO of a successful Wisconsin business that grew from one restaurant in Sauk City to a chain of over 500 restaurants," Selje said. "He can share his success story with others who have the dream of starting a business. His family's story is an inspiration to others and is a good example of a quality work ethic, small town values and hard work.
"This is a company that always gives back to the community, and from my perspective has always been library friendly. I can remember back for many years, how we always had the Culver's coloring contest every April and children who colored a picture about their favorite book would receive a coupon for a free frozen custard at Culver's."
Walworth County Sunday caught up with Culver recently and asked him five questions about his career, plus a bonus question for good measure.
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