Profile: Talond Luckette
As a kid growing upin the Allison Hill section of Harrisburg, Talond Luckette had to learn fast the lessons that would carry him throughout his life.A stellar student by his own account and graduate of Harrisburg High School, Luckette saw more often than not the affects that life in the inner city had on his peers.
Having the dream of entrepreneurship deep in his heart, Talond always knew he wanted to own his own business but was never sure how to go about it. Now as one of the youngest managing partners of Texas Roadhouse, he has achieved his goal. Just four short years ago at the age of 26, the then assistant kitchen manager set his sights on ownership by age 30.
Luckette touts his characteristicsof being a strong leader and his ability to manage finances resulted in his rise to Managing Partner (owner and operator).
When asked what advice he had to offer young people currently navigating the waters of life, Luckette offered these three jewels:
“First, work hard(er).Hard work pays off sooner or later. Harder work pays off when YOU want it to.Erase the phrases “no”, “I can’t” and“I don’t know” from vocabulary, and lastly,welcome adversity. It’s all about performance. Don’t let the color of your skin, religious beliefs, where you were born or where you live have any correlation tothe job you do. Produce great numbers and be a positive leader.”
In his new position, the restaurateur has vowed to be heavily involved in the community that helped raise him into the man he is today. He carrieswith him a few positive words from his father:
“If you’re in a position to give back, and you don’t, then you’re taking too much.”
Luckette has taken a special interest in the Bethesda Mission. Currently, he is planning to to prepare 12 turkeys, 70 pounds of mashed potatoes, 50 pounds of corn and all the bread and butter they can consume this Thanksgiving. We salute TalondLuckette and are excited about his bright and shiny future in the restaurant business!