Crowells honored as Economic Development Champions of the Year

Originally Published at Tallahassee Democrat by Dave Hodges

The Tallahassee couple that brought the Jersey Mike's Subs brand to town and created a fast-growing network of restaurants were honored Thursday for their business achievements and economic impact.

Angelo and Kimberly Crowell, founders of Kalo Restaurant Group LLC in 2009, received the annual Reginald L. Rolle Economic Development Champion of the Year award, the highlight of the Big Bend Minority Enterprise Development Week activities locally.

"They are the type of entrepreneurs that Reggie would have loved to have seen and I know he is very proud that this award is being given to them which bears his name," said Ben Harris, MED Week Committee chair.

The award is named for the late Rev. Dr. Reginald L. Rolle, who chaired the committee from its creation in 1993 until 1999. Rolle was an ardent supporter of small and minority businesses and believed their contributions needed to be recognized.

The Crowells operate five Jersey Mike's Subs locations in Tallahassee and Gainesville, and have plans for additional shops in Thomasville and Valdosta. To date, their enterprise has grown to employ almost 70 people.

Their success with the Jersey Mike's organization led to a Rookie Franchisees of the Year award in 2011, and they serve as managing partners in a private equity firm that pursues investments in real estate and hospitality ventures.

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