Golden Opportunity:

Remarkable Careers that Began at McDonald's

Ajay K. Patel

Ajay K. Patel

Hired 1978

"The culture of the company and the attitude of America is that where you came from doesn’t define who you are."

Imagine being plucked out of the world you know today and dropped into the middle of Mumbai, India, not knowing the language and living on a student’s budget. That’s about what Ajay Patel experienced coming to America from Mumbai at the age of eighteen. He looked and felt out of place, was bewildered by culture shock, and wanted to go home. Two people reached out to him just when he needed it—a neighbor and later the manager of a McDonald’s. Today, he is an owner/operator in Louisiana with an only-in-America story to tell.

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