"Being part of the business school opened doors to opportunities that weren't previously available to me. Most importantly, it started me on the path to where I am today - leading a great organization and building a special brand."
Professional career highlights
- Managed McDonald's franchise in Bonn, Germany
- Became senior vice president of worldwide marketing for Burger King after graduating from UNC Kenan-Flagler
- President of Burger King's North America operations, with responsibility for operations, new store development, marketing and franchise relations for more than 8,000 North American restaurants
- Named CEO of Jamba Juice in 2000
What attending business school at UNC helped me achieve
"Being part of the business school opened doors to opportunity that weren't previously available to me. Second, the experience helped build my confidence so that when I took a marketing job at Burger King, I was pretty sure of my capabilities and capacity for doing good work. Most important, it started me on the path to where I am today — leading a great organization and building a special brand."
Most important effect UNC Kenan-Flagler had upon me
"It taught me focus and discipline and that anything is possible with hard work."
What he does
Clayton is leading Jamba Juice, a smoothie and juice chain with more than 430 stores nationwide, into national prominence. Jamba Juice presented a challenge Clayton couldn't resist. It was young, inexperienced and had grown too fast. Clayton's leadership put the company on a path to firm financial ground and disciplined growth.
"I think the most important thing that we can do is understand what our customers are saying about what they want and figure out the best way to give it to them. I think it's too easy in business to compromise that," Clayton adds. "If we compromise, then somebody else is going to do it right. And if they do it right, they'll be better than we are."