Company: Smoky Mountain BBQ Company
Location: Marble, North Carolina, United States
David Handford, Owner at Smoky Mountain BBQ Company, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Business Owners for dedication, achievements, and leadership in restaurant administration.
With years of experience to his credit, Mr. Handford has excelled as the owner of the Smoky Mountain BBQ Company since 2021. Working in the restaurant industry since the age of 15, he began his career at a local barbecue restaurant, where he worked as a dishwasher and pit cleaner, before accepting a position with McDonald’s. During this time, he was additionally active in the fields of construction, building, and contracting while also performing as a radio disc jockey. In addition to working for several different restaurants over the years, he served as a volunteer firefighter for 16 years. Likewise, Mr. Handford was a member of his regional chamber of commerce and the Murphy Business Association.
Mr. Handford attributes his success to his wife, Emily, as well as his parents, who instilled in him the importance of hard work and perseverance, and the invaluable connections he has made throughout his career. Notably, he established Smoky Mountain BBQ Company after a shocking injury and a string of bad luck led him to take a course in small business. Among the many highlights of his career, he is incredibly proud of reconnecting with his wife, who he believes is the driving force behind the restaurant’s exceptional business thus far. Looking toward the future, Mr. Handford hopes to continue developing his business, hire more employees and thrive in their second location.
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