Becky Wilber left a promising career in corporate restaurant management to launch her own business with her husband, Todd, 18 years ago.

“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” says Wilber, president of CTI Restaurants Inc. in West Chester, which operates 11 Taco Bell franchises in Butler, Warren and Hamilton counties. She and her husband, who is vice president, also own and operate the Uno Pizzeria & Grill in West Chester’s Union Centre business district.

“Had I stayed in the corporate world I would have a more normal 9-to-5 life, but this is 24/7,” she says of running the fast-food franchise. “You have to have that commitment or you won’t be successful.”

Since moving here, Wilber has shown plenty of commitment.

Wilber says she and her husband want to grow the franchise to 20 locations and hope to pick at least one new site this year. Besides growing CTI, which employs about 400, she’s heavily involved in the community.

She was named a West Chester Woman of Excellence in 2006, was a finalist in 2012 for the Athena Awards, has served as president of the Union Centre Boulevard Merchants Association for two years, and this year was named to Cincy Magazine’s Power 100 list of most influential people.

“God has blessed me,” she says. “I always knew I’d be successful, but I didn’t know to what degree.”

A native of Wisconsin, Wilber landed a restaurant management job right out of college with Disney World in Orlando where she met and married her husband who was a Disney chef.

After a while, looking to advance her career, she sent out 13 resumes and got back 13 job offers. During an interview with a Taco Bell franchisee in Orlando, she mentioned she might find the job a little boring.

“He just laughed at that and today I know why. There’s never a dull moment at Taco Bell. I love the brand,” she says.

She spent nearly 30 years in Taco Bell management before she and her husband decided to act on their long-held dream to run their own business.

Over a weekend they looked at 75 Taco Bell restaurants in Ohio and Kentucky. “We ordered a taco and a Pepsi at each one,” she says before deciding to buy the local stores.

“We chose West Chester because the community was beautiful and growing and a good place to raise our two boys,” she says.

Since acquiring the franchise in 1998, Wilber has been active in the community.

“The hardest thing is creating the right culture,” she says. “Todd and I can stand up all day and say we’re ethical and good people, but actions speak louder than words.” Last year CTI made contributions to 171 different organizations, everything from coupons to cash.

As president of the Union Centre merchants group, Wilber says the organization is not only marketing businesses to the community but also giving back.

“I’m really enjoying seeing the growth of it and diversity of people who are a part of it,” she says

Events, such as the annual Food Truck Rally in August, have generated more than $25,000 annually, which is poured back into the community in the form of monthly grants to other local nonprofits. n

Becky Wilber left a promising career in corporate restaurant management to launch her own business with her husband, Todd, 18 years ago.

“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” says Wilber, president of CTI Restaurants Inc. in West Chester, which operates 11 Taco Bell franchises in Butler, Warren and Hamilton counties. She and her husband, who is vice president, also own and operate the Uno Pizzeria & Grill in West Chester’s Union Centre business district.

“Had I stayed in the corporate world I would have a more normal 9-to-5 life, but this is 24/7,” she says of running the fast-food franchise. “You have to have that commitment or you won’t be successful.”

Since moving here, Wilber has shown plenty of commitment.

Wilber says she and her husband want to grow the franchise to 20 locations and hope to pick at least one new site this year. Besides growing CTI, which employs about 400, she’s heavily involved in the community.

She was named a West Chester Woman of Excellence in 2006, was a finalist in 2012 for the Athena Awards, has served as president of the Union Centre Boulevard Merchants Association for two years, and this year was named to Cincy Magazine’s Power 100 list of most influential people.

“God has blessed me,” she says. “I always knew I’d be successful, but I didn’t know to what degree.”

A native of Wisconsin, Wilber landed a restaurant management job right out of college with Disney World in Orlando where she met and married her husband who was a Disney chef.

After a while, looking to advance her career, she sent out 13 resumes and got back 13 job offers. During an interview with a Taco Bell franchisee in Orlando, she mentioned she might find the job a little boring.

“He just laughed at that and today I know why. There’s never a dull moment at Taco Bell. I love the brand,” she says.

She spent nearly 30 years in Taco Bell management before she and her husband decided to act on their long-held dream to run their own business.

Over a weekend they looked at 75 Taco Bell restaurants in Ohio and Kentucky. “We ordered a taco and a Pepsi at each one,” she says before deciding to buy the local stores.

“We chose West Chester because the community was beautiful and growing and a good place to raise our two boys,” she says.

Since acquiring the franchise in 1998, Wilber has been active in the community.

“The hardest thing is creating the right culture,” she says. “Todd and I can stand up all day and say we’re ethical and good people, but actions speak louder than words.” Last year CTI made contributions to 171 different organizations, everything from coupons to cash.

As president of the Union Centre merchants group, Wilber says the organization is not only marketing businesses to the community but also giving back.

“I’m really enjoying seeing the growth of it and diversity of people who are a part of it,” she says

Events, such as the annual Food Truck Rally in August, have generated more than $25,000 annually, which is poured back into the community in the form of monthly grants to other local nonprofits.



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