Glenn Lubeznik grew up in Chicago in a family that promoted the values of hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit. By the time he was 23, he owned and operated his first McDonald’s, with his brother and parents. Currently, he and his wife, Kathy, and son Sam own a total of six McDonald’s restaurants in Northwest Indiana. In addition, he and his oldest friend and partner, Scott Winski, own two Batteries Plus stores in Northwest Houston, TX, with their third store scheduled to open in early November. Throughout his career, he has won numerous awards and served on many boards and committees within the McDonald’s franchise community. Still, with all of these accomplishments, Lubeznik’s greatest attribute is giving back.
Since 1974, the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) has housed over 6000 families per night, throughout its hundreds of facilities around the world. Each year, RMHC helps over 7 million families “stay close” to their sick or injured child during the most difficult time in their lives. This tremendous charity focuses on supporting families through low-cost or no-cost housing, providing meals, clothing when needed and the support of other families going through similar situations with their children. Glenn and Kathy have been heavily involved with this charity for many years:
Combining his love for shooting sports and his desire to help others, the Kids & Clays Foundation (K & Cs), a 501(c)(3) was formed. The objective was to help other Ronald McDonald Houses host shooting events as fundraisers to benefit their individual Ronald House. Over the next several years, Kids & Clays Foundation earned the trust of the shooting industry and became the “Official Charity” of the National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA), National Skeet Shooting Association (NSSA), and the Amateur Trap Association (ATA). K & Cs now holds events in over 12 cities and has raised almost $10 million in their 15 years of “Shooting to Improve Children’s Lives”. With the accomplishments and dedication that Lubeznik has shown with this charity, he was inducted into the National Sporting Clays Hall of Fame in San Antonio, Texas, winning the prestigious Hal DuPont Award in 2012.
It appears that “giving back to the community” is also something that runs through Lubeznik’s family, as his parents were also heavily involved with local donations. A few years ago, his mother, Shirley, donated the family office building to be the new home for the Community Center for the Arts, now known as the Jack and Shirley Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, IN. Glenn served on its board of directors for six years and as its president for two. The Lubeznik Art Center continues to be an important organization to the Northwest Indiana region, serving the area with art education for children and adults, continuing to expose local communities to different types of art. Glenn’s brother, Rod, now serves on the art center’s board of directors.
Glenn and Kathy continue to support other community organizations such as: The Salvation Army, LaPorte County Child Abuse Prevention Council, the Michigan City Homeless Shelter, Stepping Stone Women’s Shelter, Dunes Art Foundation, Sinai Forum Presented by Purdue University North Central, LaPorte County & Michigan City Deserving Children’s Shopping Tour Dinner, and many other local churches and schools.
Glenn’s sons, Sam and Kurt, are both involved in the family business, as well – Sam is his partner with the McDonald’s locations, while Kurt manages one of his Batteries Plus stores in Houston. Lubeznik’s nephew, Zach, also works as the General Manager of the stores in Houston. Meanwhile, Jesse, Glenn and Kathy’s daughter, is a financial analyst and lives with their grandson Caleb in the Indianapolis area.
When Winski wanted to change careers, he called Lubeznik to help him search out an opportunity within McDonald’s or another food business. After researching their options for some time, they agreed to look into retail opportunities before making a final decision. Being a longtime customer of Batteries Plus in Michigan City, Lubeznik requested franchise information from the company. The more he and Winski learned about this opportunity, the more intrigued they became. Finally, Winski asked Lubeznik to join him for “Discovery Day” at Batteries Plus’ heaquarters, and after going through the the program, they were both so impressed that they decided to partner together.
And although Lubeznik wasn’t looking to get involved in a new venture at the time, almost three years later, he says, “It’s gratifying to be a part of Batteries Plus Bulbs, growing our business in the Houston area with my good friend and my family. We are able to collectively enjoy the success that comes with all of us working hard and working together.”
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