SEASON 1: EPISODE NUMBER: 18

EPISODE GUEST: Osman Qasim

He started out in engineering with dreams of becoming a pilot, but now Osman Qasim owns 65 Domino’s locations. How he caught such a large slice of the pizza pie in the Carolinas.

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When you make that last-minute order at your local Domino’s, it’s rare that you think about who runs your neighborhood franchise. Meet Osmam Qasim, who now owns 65 locations! Yes SIXTY-FIVE. That’s a lot of pizza.

But Qasim wasn’t always in the pizza game. Originally from Pakistan, he came to the U.S. when he was 20 to attend NC State for engineering. He also had a passion for flying and eventually got his private pilots license while still in college. And it was also while he was in college that he started delivering Domino’s pizza.

After college, a Domino’s franchise owner in High Point offered Qasim a full-time job and a place in Domino’s management program. At the young age of 25, Qasim decided to take his skills a step further and open a Domino’s store in PA and run it for 2 years while e continue to work towards his career goal as a pilot.

“I was too dumb to think I could fail, but I also knew how to work my tail off,” Qasim reflects.

He worked the first fourth months straight – no days off, over 100 hours per week. He stayed in PA for 4 years and eventually sold that location. But the opportunity to purchase 4 more stores in NC arose in 1993. So he did. Then he added two more stores in 1998. From there, he’s continued to expand is franchise portfolio.

Why did his stores perform well? “It’s about the success of our people,” says Qasim. “Be generous, be kind, be big-hearted. Whatever you give will come back.”

“Find the one or two people that can be your right hand.”

– Osman Qasim, Team Carolinas Domino’s

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