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- 1. HARMON& TOM DOBSON By Annette Farrell
- Originally from Batesville, Arkansas
- Wife Grace Williams, son Tom Dobson, second son Hugh and daughter Lynne
- Moved to Texas in 1949 (Corpus Christi)
- Sole proprietorship business man
- Killed in private plane accident in 1967
- Buried next to parents in Arkansas.
- Wife Grace was home schooled growing up in Arkansas.
- Dobsons grandchildren attend/attended high schools in the Corpus Christi area.
- It is led to believe that Harmon attended college in Arkansas, same for his wife Grace.
4. 5. Social aspects
- Worked on shipbuilding, oil drilling and diamond trading before Whataburger.
- Also a bush pilot and automobile dealer
- Tom Dobsons son participates in USTA club tennis who is ranked number 12 in the state of Texas and ranked 141 nationally.
6. How it all started
- Started over 50 years ago
- Used his original recipe for burgers
- Set up portable stand on the street
- Sold burgers for a quarter
- As the menu started to grow, the new taste was expanding to many Texas towns
- Now is found almost anywhere in the United States.
- Harmon Dobson is passed also with wife Grace Dobson
- Son Tom Dobson as of 1993 is the president and chief executive officer
- Headquarters moved from Corpus Christi to San Antonio
- Original restaurant on Ayers Street is still standing across from Del Mar College
8. Whataburger on Shoreline Dr. in Corpus Christi, Texas 9. Business organization
- Mr. Dobsons business was no doubt a sole proprietorship when he first started in 1950. He was the owner and ran the burger joint by himself. Later it became a partnership with his wife. Successfully opening up many Whataburger restaurants all around Texas, Tennessee and Florida.
- Financed with Paul Burton later on
- Whataburger and the Corpus Christi Hooks share a 15 year partnership, includes naming rights for the field
- Harmon Dobson was all about treating the customers and employees as if they were family. He served over 10434840 customers a year at his local restaurants.
- Harmon made no mistakes in his early career other than the fact that he made burgers too low of a price at one point and was hardly making profit.
- He fixed the mistake by hiring the price of burgers to 30 cents then to 45 cents.
12. business name
- His goal was simple: Make a better burger that took two hands to hold and tasted so good that when you took a bite you would say "What a burger!" Dobson was granted the "Whataburger" trademark by the Texas Secretary of State office on June 23, 1950. The first neon sign would flash in four stages: WhatABurgerWhataburger.
13. 14. Interesting fact
- Burgers were once twenty-five cents. Customers could also purchase a drink and bag of chips. On opening day, the Whataburger on Ayers Street took in fifty dollars. Four days later took in $140 and sold over 500 burgers. For years the price of Whataburger burgers were less than fifty cents.
- Jares, Andrea. "Whataburger celebrates 50 years". Corpus Christi Caller Times. Nov 11, 2009 http://www.caller2.com/2000/august/06/ today/business/1266.html .
- Jones, Cindy. "Whataburger". TSHA Online. Nov 11,2009http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/WW/dgw2.html .
- "Whataburger". Wikipedia. Nov 11, 2009http:// en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Whataburger .