Christine Specht is the second generation to head 151-unit Cousins Subs, co-founded in 1972 by her father, Bill Specht, and his cousin, the late Jim Sheppard. She began working part-time in the restaurants when she was 15, bussing tables, making sandwiches and working the cash register. She originally pursued a vastly different career path, earning a bachelor’s degree in criminology and law studies, followed by a master’s degree in public administration. After college, she did volunteer work ...

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