CPA profile: David M. Lajoie

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BurgerBusters Inc., Virginia Beach

Title: Chief financial officer
Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, Husson University, Bangor, Maine
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Va.
Wife:  Cheryl    
Children: Chris, 26; Kate, 25
Pets: Three dogs (Jessie, Koda and Zeus) and three cats (Beans, Kitty and Foxy)
Hobbies: Golf and woodworking
Favorite vacation spot: Maine
Favorite meal: Maine lobster with steamed clams and a Cowboy rib eye, salad and warm Maine wild blueberry pie with vanilla ice cream for desert
Fan of: “The Great One: Wayne Gretzky. An outstanding combination of professionalism and sense of humility given the talent he possesses.”
Recently read: “Straight From the Gut” by Jack Welch
First accounting job: Staff accountant with Arthur Young in Portland, Maine.
Career mentor: The late Russell J. Brennan, former CFO of Silicon Labs, Austin, Texas

What does BurgerBusters do?
“BurgerBusters is one of the largest Taco Bell Franchisee organizations in North America, operating 93 Yum! Brands-franchised units throughout Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Maryland.”

How did it get started?
“The company was founded 23 years ago in 1986 by its current CEO, Tassos Paphites, and with partners/shareholders Chris Achilleos, William Dragas and Marcus Dragas.”

How has the business done in the current economy?
“The company’s business has been above average over the past two years. This can be attributed to favorable product offerings and a price point that makes its products pretty much affordable by all. Overall our business is up approximately 9 percent during this time frame.”

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