A King-Sized Opportunity
Meet Daniel Schwartz, the Wall Street wunderkind changing the fast food industry.
In January, members of the Pomfret School community were invited to participate in a private webinar with American businessman Daniel Schwartz, the executive chairman of Restaurant Brands International, which owns the iconic fast food brands Burger King, Popeyes, and Tim Hortons.
Schwartz is also the co-managing partner of 3G Capital, the Brazilian investment firm that first became famous back in 2015 when it formed the largest beer conglomerate in the world, Anheuser-Busch InBev. 3G was also the private equity firm behind the mega-merger of Kraft Foods and Heinz.
Schwartz's virtual visit was sponsored by LinkGuide, an organization founded by two Pomfret juniors, Cole Hecker and Raul Wald. “The goal of LinkGuide is to connect students with the professional world," says Cole. “It provides opportunities for students to speak directly with business professionals about their careers and their path to success.”
Past guests have included fitness authority and entrepreneur Jennifer Cohen and global advertising icon Washington Olivetto.
An interview with Daniel Schwartz at Goldman Sachs in 2018.
During Saturday's webinar, the self-described millennial CEO spoke about his road to success. Schwartz graduated from Cornell in three years and joined 3G Capital when he was just 24. He eventually became the CEO of Burger King at the ripe old age of 32, making him one of the youngest chief executives to ever run a major restaurant brand.
During the webinar, Schwartz encouraged students to work hard and make the most of the opportunities they are given. "No one who started a business or has an amazing career hasn't taken a risk," he said. "Everyone has to take risks along the way."
While Cole and Raul have been pleased with their speakers to date, they are quick to agree on who the crème de la crème of guests would be. “Bill Gates, without a doubt,” says Raul. “He’s obviously accomplished and extremely passionate about what he does. He’s innovative. He’s philanthropic. He would be the ultimate guest!”
If anyone has a connection, we’re pretty sure Cole and Raul would like to hear from you!