Husband-wife franchisees earn Chamber award
When Mark McCoy was a teenager, he answered an ad in the newspaper and thus began his career at McDonald's.
This April is his 40th anniversary with the company. Monhmany "Mo" McCoy also started young at McDonald's.
"We started as teenagers and stuck with it. That's where we met," she said.
They have been franchisees of McDonald's in Fort Scott for 13 years and have been active in the community since their arrival.
Together they are the 2013 Business Persons of the Year, an award given by the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce.
This award is presented to a professional who personifies all the traits desired in a respected business person: a dedication to their business, their community, their family and friends.
"We are humbled and honored to be recognized by the Chamber. We are thankful for all the support from the community," Mo McCoy said.
In business and in life, they work together.
"We are both owner operators. It's a 50/50 partnership in everything...business partner and life partner," Mark McCoy said.
They have been married 30 years in November, Mo McCoy said.
They own and operate the McDonald's restaurants in Fort Scott and Nevada, Mo.
"I keep things running at home and I do all the financials for both McDonald's," Mo McCoy said.
"Mo's financial experience and skills are helpful to the operation," Mark McCoy said.
"Mark has always been a people person," Mo McCoy said.
He is involved with the community, as a Fort Scott Community College Trustee, member of Kiwanis and the Knights of Columbus, and also he helped facilitate the recent candidate forum hosted by the Chamber. Mark McCoy is on the executive board of the Chamber, and has served in the past as the chairman of the organization.
In 2010 the McCoys were the recipients of the Community Spirit Award from the Chamber.
Mo also is active in the community. She is a member of the Altar Society at Mary Queens of Angels Catholic Church.
But being a mother also keeps her busy. The McCoys have three children. The youngest, Madeline, 15, is still at home and attends Fort Scott High School. Currently, they have an exchange student from Thailand living with them, 17-year-old Tunyarus Boonyaphet.
Mark McCoy believes in McDonald's, having risen up through the ranks, and he likes the people in his employ.
"I like to have an opportunity to work with individuals on a daily basis and watch them grow and mature and move on. To the majority of people, McDonald's is not a career, it's a first job...it's a great first job. It teaches personal responsibility, accountability and business practices. McDonald's is nationally recognized for training and development," Mark McCoy said.
Prior to coming to Fort Scott, Mark McCoy worked for the McDonald's Corporation in Overland Park, and before that, the McDonald's Corporation in California.