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FHS grad becomes COO of area restaurant chain

A Farragut High School graduate counts a Junior Achievement program at the school as part of his success as a businessman.

Bart Fricks, a 1985 grad, is now COO of the Copper Cellar Corp., where he’s worked for nearly five years.

“Probably the biggest thing I got out of going [to Farr-agut], from a business standpoint, was that I spent — I believe it was about four years — in the Junior Achievement program,” Fricks said.

“It taught me at an early age about business: how to run a business, what the responsibilities were in running a business, everything from marketing, accounting, management, sales.

“It was a great program to be in,” he added.

Fricks even taught some Junior Achievement programs to fifth-graders while he was a student in high school.

“By going to Farragut, I was afforded an opportunity to be in that program. That probably helped me develop an interest in business,” Fricks said.

“I had no idea it’d be restaurants, but that’s what it ended up being,” he added.

Fricks began work in the restaurant industry as a pizza delivery driver for Mr. Gatti’s Pizza. He worked for Gatti’s for six years and then transferred to Ruby Tuesday.

Fricks worked for Ruby Tuesday for 15 years and then began work for Copper Cellar.

“I am the COO, chief operating officer, for Copper Cellar. I’m responsible for the total operation of our restaurants — everything from the people, the quality and the money,” Fricks said.

Fricks lives in Farragut with his wife of 21 years and his two children. The children also have attended Farragut schools.

“My 20-year-old attended Farragut, and my 17-year-old does as well,” Fricks said.

He said he’d seen the Town change quite a bit since he was a student at Farragut.

“I think we moved out here in [19]75, if that tells you how much it has changed,” Fricks said.

“It has changed a load,” he added.


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