Tamer Afr: Chief Executive Officer at Big Boy Restaurants Group, L.L.C.

Photo: Photo courtesy of Big Boy Restaurants Group, L.L.C.

Tamer attended Detroit County Day School before attending the University of Michigan and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. He also received a Doctor of Law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

The history of how Big Boy was founded is as follows. In 1936, Bob Wian sold his prized DeSoto Roadster to purchase a hamburger stand in Glendale, California. He named it Bob’s Pantry. Six months later, Bob sliced a bun into three slices, added two hamburger patties and, voilà, the very first double-decker burger was born!

Customers couldn’t get enough of Bob’s new creation. One fan, in particular, a chubby six-year-old boy named Richard Woodruff, loved the double-decker. His devotion inspired Bob to name the new burger Big Boy® after his nickname for Richard. The Big Boy® burger craze that ensued prompted Bob to change the stand’s name to Bob's Big Boy® and to introduce the now-iconic Big Boy® mascot.

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