Chantel Gawthorp

LEADING WOMEN 2020
Chantel Gawthorp Vice President, Wing Stop
Memorial Hermann

Chantel Gawthorp
Vice President, Wing Stop

“I believe if you do what you love, you will be successful in all that you do.”

Chantel Gawthorp is an energetic entrepreneur with a “can-do” attitude. Owner of 21 Wing Stop franchises and counting, this devoted wife and mother of two also homeschools her children and rescues animals in need. “It took a lot of time and hard work to get to where we are today, but I love what I do,” she says. “You can do anything in life if you believe in yourself.”

Chantel’s father, aunt, uncle, and grandfather were all entrepreneurs. She was always by her father’s side while he ran his plumbing and air conditioning business. “My father always pushed me to be my own boss and strive to own a business someday.” A passionate animal lover, Chantel wanted to be a veterinarian, but she and her husband, Brandon, decided to leave college so they could work toward other goals. While they both waited tables at a steakhouse to make ends meet, Chantel worked an additional job at several apartment complexes. Initially, they started a small business venture that Chantel managed, donating a percentage of their sales to SPCA.

For more than 18 years, Chantel has been the vice president, Wingstop multiunit franchisee, while Brandon has been president and CEO. Currently owning all franchises in Katy, Chantel owns and operates a total of 21 Wing Stop locations (17 in Texas and four in Louisiana) and is working on opening five more. Her hard work earned them the title of “2019 Franchisee of the Year” based on every Wing Stop franchise worldwide.

“I have to constantly feel challenged to reach my goals,” Chantel confesses. When not devoting her time to Wing Stop businesses, she is running their 27-acre farm in Hempstead, homeschooling her children Ashton and Ava, and rescuing and providing sanctuary for animals of all kinds. Her goal is to start a rescue group for farm and domestic animals. “My father raised me to take care of the needy and have compassion for all living things. It breaks my heart to see animals neglected and abandoned. They give us unconditional love and are such a beautiful gift from God. We have to be their voice.” Even though Chantel dreamed of being a veterinarian, her work now is much more meaningful to her. “Saving animals and finding homes for them is my gift.”

Chantel pleasures in doing for others. “You never know what people are going through. That’s what I love about the restaurant business. We’re helping others and feeding people.”

CONTACT
2918 West Grand Parkway North, Suite 160
Katy, Texas 77493
(281) 665-4100

1830 South Mason Road, Suite 140
Katy, Texas 77450
(281) 392-1700

9550 Spring Green Boulevard, Suite 414
Katy, Texas 77494
(281) 574-7776

1998 Katy Mills Boulevard, Suite B
Katy, Texas 77494
(281) 392-0164

19119 Katy Freeway, Suite 600
Katy, Texas 77094
(281) 676-8133

By Melissa Gautier Photo by Kelley Sweet Photography

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