Even before his 12-year career in the NBA ended in 1987, Ulysses "Junior" Bridgeman worked at Wendy's to study how restaurants operate and lay the groundwork for a second career in foodservice. Today, his Louisville, Ky.-based company, Manna Inc., owns several corporations, including Bridgeman Foods, the franchise operator of more than 160 Wendy's locations, more than 100 Chili's units, and several dozen Fazoli's restaurants. According to Black Enterprise ...

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