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   HISTORY        
     
 

history1May, 1982 marked the beginning of PenGeo, Inc. George & Seretha Tinsley, pursued their dream to create wealth and a legacy for their family and very appropriately named their first company aqer their 2 children, Penni and George. In 1984, they opened their first KFC restaurant with only 2 employees, George, Sr. and Seretha.

history2Excellence in customer service and consistent high quality food have always been an important corporate value and operaTonal priority. In 1986, they opened their 2nd KFC in nearby Haines City, FL. Later, a 3rd KFC was opened in Baseball City, FL. Also during that 0me, 6 addi0onal KFC’s were acquired from KFC corporate located in Tampa, Clearwater and Hudson, FL. In 1995, the Tinsley’s focus expanded to airport concessions and subsequently all the KFC units excluding the ini0al Auburndale KFC were sold. The Auburndale restaurant continues to be one of the highest volume units in the region for similar size markets. What makes this restaurant special? It is the people! Three of PenGeo’s restaurant associates have over 25 year tenures each. The average tenure for associates is seven years. A commifed and experienced staff have conTnued to excel in customer service and food quality for over 30 years

 
             
   FOUNDERS          
     
 

gwIIGeorge Wm. Tinsley, Sr. is a master of the triple threat position in life, basketball, and business. He is CEO of PenGeo Inc., Tinsley Group, Inc., Tinsley Family Concessions, Inc., GW Tinsley Consul0ng, LLC and Diverse Distribu0ng; collec0vely Tampa Bay’s second largest black-owned enterprise and one of the na0on’s fastest growing independent restaurant and food service companies.  

gwIIaBorn in Louisville, KY, Tinsley was abandoned by his mother, adopted by an elderly babysiEer, Mrs. Willie Tinsley, and reared in poverty. But Tinsley’s early obstacles were turned into opportuni0es. His athle0c talent was as undeniable as was his des0ny for success. He was recruited and accepted a scholarship to Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1966, and, as a freshman, led his team to the first of three Division II NCAA Na0onal Championships Titles. He was twice named first team NCAA Division II All-American. Tinsley Played in four NCAA Final Four Tournaments and never lost a game. Tinsley also played pro ball in the ABA.

gwIIbTinsley translated his talent for team work & leadership to the corporate sector beginning with a career at Kentucky Fried Chicken Corpora0on. He worked with KFC founder, pioneer & world-renowned franchisor, Colonel Harlan Sanders, for three years in the training department. He spent a total of eight years at KFC developing his management skill and thirst for Entrepreneurship that paved the way to his first franchise in 1984 and the ensuing success that has been his hallmark. His KFC restaurant, located in Auburndale, FL, has won mul0ple KFC Million Dollar awards. Has been in the top five sales categories, per town size, since 1986.

     

stSeretha S. Tinsley has been a trailblazer and overachiever her enTre life. She became the first African American female to afend and graduate from Ky. Wesleyan College in 1971. In the mid-eighTes, Seretha became the one of the first black female General Managers in the U. S. radio industry. In 2008, Seretha became the first African American President of the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce. Seretha was not only a “first” in many ways, she was a top achiever, recognized as America’s top Radio Sta0on General Manager. As an entrepreneur, civic leader, mother and wife, Seretha’s commitment to excellence has always been her calling card.

 

st1Regional Business Awards Tampa Bay Business Application In 1983 George approached Seretha about going into business for themselves. Together, they stepped out on faith, quitng their jobs, to become KFC Franchisees. That 1983 “Leap of Faith” landed Seretha and family in Winter Haven, FL with their 1st KFC restaurant being built in Auburndale, FL The company was named PenGeo, Inc. aqer their children, Penni and George. Twenty-five years later, Seretha and George have amassed restaurants and concessions genera0ng over $40 million in annual revenue. In 2007, she proudly relinquished her 0tle of Vice President of all companies to her son George II but remains ac0ve in each company as CFO.

st2Seretha’s community service and progressive leadership has earned her numerous honors, recogni0ons and media coverage. She maintains her passion for teaching by incorpora0ng it into every walk of her life. She is not just a phenomenal business woman; she takes pride in assis0ng others in reaching their “phenomenal potential”.