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Ed Rensi Biography

Former CEO of McDonald's USA
Con to the question "Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?"

“The one thing you need to know about the minimum wage, it was designed for entry-level jobs that teach people soft work skills. It was never meant to be a career, it’s meant to be a career starter… If they did this minimum wage thing, I’m telling you there’d be another 15 to 20 percent [of small businesses] that are going to go away… You can’t afford it.”

“Would a Minimum Wage Increase Be a Jobs Killer?,”, Aug. 20, 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • CEO, Rensi Consulting, June 2015-present
  • Member of the Board, McDonald’s USA, 1982-present
  • Member, International Advisory Board, Ronald McDonald House Program
  • CEO, Famous Dave’s of America, 2014-2015
  • Co-owner, Team Rensi Motorsports, 1998-Dec. 2010
  • CEO, McDonald’s USA, 1991-Aug. 1999
  • President and Chief Operating Officer, McDonald’s USA, 1984-1991
  • Senior Executive Vice President, McDonald’s USA, 1982-1984
  • Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, McDonald’s USA, 1980-1982
  • Vice President of Operations and Training, McDonald’s USA, 1978-1980
  • Philadelphia District Manager, Regional Manager, and Regional Vice President, McDonald’s, 1972-1978
  • Restaurant Manager, McDonald’s, 1966-1972
  • Grill-man and Trainee Manager, McDonald’s, 1965-1966
  • Former Chairman, National Hispanic Corporate Council Institute
  • Former Member, Board of Governors, American National Red Cross
  • BS, Business, Ohio State University, 1985
  • Twitter handle: @edrensi
  • Represented by Premier Speaker’s Bureau for speaking engagements
  • Recipient, honorary doctorate in business, Norwich University, 2012
  • Recipient, Chicago Italian-American Man of the Year Award, 1995
  • Recipient, Italian-American Award, 1994
  • Recipient, Good Samaritan of the Year Award from Good Samaritan Hospital, 1991
  • Recipient, Prince Matchabelli National Hero Award, 1989
  • Recipient, Distinguished President’s Volunteer Award, 1988
  • Recipient, Leadership Award from Restaurant Business magazine, 1988
  • Recipient, Porvello Award from the University of Steubenville, 1985
  • Has been listed in Who’s Who in America since 1976
  • Was instrumental in the development of the first Ronald McDonald House, a temporary residence for families of children with serious illnesses
  • Introduced the McRib, McChicken sandwich, chicken McNuggets, and the Extra Value Meal
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?