Local McDonald’s Manager’s Life Story Inspires Young Workers

Hugo Zenerato

Hugo Zenerato has inspired young workers through his rapid rise in a fast food corporation.

Meet Hugo Zenerato, Area Supervisor who is in charge of four high-volume McDonald’s restaurants in Corona and Jackson Heights, Queens.

Born in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Zenerato moved to the United States by himself at age 14 to live with his aunt in central New Jersey. There, he started his career by working as a crew member at his local McDonald’s restaurant and at age 21, he became General Manager.  By age 23, he became the youngest winner of the prestigious Ray Kroc Award, which recognizes the top 1 percent of restaurant managers across the entire U.S. system.

Zenerato, now 26 years old, currently oversees 170 workers and personally mentors several dozen young workers with his leadership skills and his inspirational journey up the corporate ladder.

“I try to motivate and lead them,” he said. “I give them a road map that shows you can move up the chain and have a very successful career in this company if you are willing to work hard.” Read Zenerato’s full inspirational story here.


Photo credit: Bill Parry of Times Ledger

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