Lenny's News and Interviews

On the Move – John Strand

July 04, 2006

New Position: Director of Education and Development, Lenny’s Franchisor, LLC

Hometown: I don’t have one as I grew up traveling all over the United States and Europe, but eventually settled in Memphis after completing my degree at the University of Memphis.

Education: B.A., Communication, the University of Memphis

Career Advice: The only advice I might have comes from John Paul Getty: “Rise early, work hard, strike oil.”

What you most like about your job: What I like most about the new position is the opportunity to use the latest in technology to develop and implement new education programs and systems to positively impact a growing brand.

First job in your field: Fleming Companies, Inc. – manager of video and multimedia production, producing educational video development material for the supermarket industry.

Personal hero – My father – he served 24 years in the U.S. Air Force and has spent the balance of his working career as a special education teacher until retiring last month.

Books read recently: The Not So Big House by Sarah Susanka

Person you would most like to meet: Steve Jobs

Favorite quote: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can begin. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Therefore, it behooves us all to think, hope, dream and believe on a plane higher than seems reasonable and to defy the devils of doubt appointed to guard the past.” – Goethe

Favorite vacation spot: Aspen, Colo.

Favorite restaurant: Lenny’s, of course

Favorite film: “Blade Runner,” but I like so many films that it would be hard to say just one. I like most of the films directed by Ridley Scott.

Likes about Memphis: Memphis is big enough to be filled with opportunity for those who seek it, without being overcrowded and having the congestion problems of other major cities.

Dislikes about Memphis: Its crime.

What do you most enjoy doing in your free time: Spending time with my family and enjoying a variety of outdoor activities.

Contact Lenny's Public Relations:

Jenna Duett
Marketing and PR Manager
(901) 753-4002