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Nicholas Perkins on growing a Multi-Million-Dollar Brand + Acquiring Fuddruckers for $18.5M!






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Mr. Perkins was just twenty-four years young when he founded the Perkins Management Company in 2005, specializing in the provision of contract food service management. Perkins Management Services Company is now a multi-million-dollar enterprise with multiple business platforms serving a diverse portfolio of clients that include colleges and universities, hospitals, and the US Department of Defense. In his roles as Chairman, President, and CEO, Mr. Perkins has successfully honored his forefathers by building a company premised on a solid financial foundation with a core leadership team possessing strong business acumen and ethics. It’s tempting to simply characterize the Chairman, President and CEO of Perkins Management Services Company, Nicholas M. Perkins, as a visionary businessman. Especially in light of achievements such as engineering an $18.5-million acquisition of the Fuddruckers restaurant brand, an accomplishment that stunned the business world in July 2021. But Nicholas is far too inquisitive and multifaceted to be described just as a `businessman’ or `entrepreneur.’ That’s a good thing, given the positive impact Nicholas has had on the realms of education, philanthropy and social activism, in addition to business. Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1980 and raised by a single mom – with a major assist from his maternal grandmother – Nicholas was taught to embrace rock-solid values, to include possessing a robust work ethic. Unlike his peers, as a boy Nicholas was fascinated with the heroes and sheroes of the Civil Rights Movement, igniting a lifelong quest for excellence to ensure that the sacrifices of his forebears weren’t made in vain. Nicholas’ affinity for those who put their lives on the line during the Civil Rights Movement explain why he’s a strong proponent of economic development within African American communities, and why he’s donated millions of dollars to help HBCU students finish their secondary educations. Nicholas is a 1999 graduate of Fayetteville’s E. E. Smith Sr. High School and graduated from Fayetteville State University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in business. Ten years later, Nicholas earned an MBA degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he received the Prominent Alumnus award from the Howard University School of Business. Nicholas was only 24 when he founded the Perkins Management Company, which specializes in contract food service management. Perkins Management Services Company is now a multi-million-dollar enterprise with multiple business platforms that serve a diverse portfolio of clients, to include colleges and universities, hospitals, and the U.S. Department of Defense. Nicholas is widely recognized as a distinguished leader and change agent within communities that include Fayetteville, Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina; Washington, D.C.; and Columbia and Orangeburg, South Carolina. Nicholas has served on the South Carolina State University Foundations Board, and in 2014 former North Carolina governor Pat McCrory appointed Nicholas to serve as member of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Small and Historically Underutilized Businesses. In 2015, Nicholas was appointed to the board of the National Urban League, making him the youngest individual to receive that honor. Nicholas also serves on the School of Business Deans Advisory Board for Fayetteville State University School of Business and Economics and has been an adjunct professor of Entrepreneurship with the Howard University School of Business. Nicholas is a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

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