KENANSVILLE — Sampson County native Hugh Caison, businessman and entrepreneur, has been selected as the upcoming president of the James Sprunt Foundation Board, Inc. for the 2013-14 term.
As owner of McDonald’s franchises in Warsaw, Wallace, Newton Grove, and two locations in Clinton, Caison is a visionary who brings his business acumen and commitment to success to the vital role of president of the Foundation board. Caison received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
”James Sprunt’s mission is to be a “bridge to success” for its students. It bridges the gap between the unknown and making a decision about a future, and it offers that decision-making opportunity in a local environment. It’s a springboard into a new career, to a 4-year institution, or to upgrade an existing career,” said Caison. “You have to learn to be successful. You must make a conscience decision to be whatever you want to be and then pursue that dream. James Sprunt provides that affordable opportunity,” he added.
Caison personally understands that decision-making process, hard work, and the pursuit of dreams. A high performer in pharmaceutical sales, he knew that his ultimate goal was to be an entrepreneur. While continuing in his position in sales, Caison also completed a 2 ½ year management training program with McDonald’s on weekends, holidays, and at night. His efforts paid off with the purchase of his first franchise in Raleigh, NC in 1999. He followed with the purchase of a second franchise in Raleigh before selling both four years later. He then purchased a franchise in Warsaw, followed by one in Wallace, two in Clinton and one in Newton Grove, NC.
Caison and his wife Nan are the proud parents of three daughters, Kate, a senior at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill; Rachel, a freshman at East Carolina University; and Sarah, a 10th grader at New Hanover High School in Wilmington.