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Danny Sonenshine

President, Far West Restaurant Group LLC & Prell Restaurant Group LLC

By Elaine Murphy & Sarah VaughnPublished: May 01, 2012

As a law school graduate, Danny Sonenshine put his degree to use for six years as a corporate lawyer before tiring of a law practice’s demanding schedule. He wanted to trade his rigorous career for one that would allow for more control over his time. After exploring different options, he switched gears and founded Far West Restaurant Group LLC, which owns 19 Wingstop franchises and the rights to the chain in Southern California.
   
Based on advice his father gave him, “to take calculated risks and to treat everyone you encounter with respect,” Sonenshine decided to partner with Wingstop because of the company’s solid growth record. His first restaurant opened in 2005, and he now has his sights set on opening a national fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant franchise.

His current schedule allows for time with his wife and two daughters, as well as two of his hobbies, running and community involvement. He holds leadership positions in organizations such as Human Options, the Young Presidents Organization and BRAVO, an organization that helps support the Orange County Performing Arts Center. wingstop.com

First job: Public relations intern for the Seattle Mariners



OC METRO's 2012 40 UNDER 40
Lily Knowles    Ashleigh Aitken    Jeremy Yamaguchi
Kevin Willson    Megan Lavender    Jason Lucash
Tan Rezaei & Navid Firoozi    Julie Schoenbachler
Chris Winn    Shawna Smith Gotreau    Matt Petteruto
Kelly Lewis    Justin Choi    Marissa Gerlach    Josh McCarter
Brian Davis    Patrick Strader    Quy "Q" Nguyen
Carla Vargas    Patrick Rue    Jennifer Tucker Klein
Brandon Burton    Lauren O’Gorman    Inna Kassatkina
Tom Reimers    Jackie Ferlita    Eric Bender
Dale Partridge & Aaron Chavez  ≈  Danny Sonenshine
Russell Bendel    Sandra Jones    Balaji Krishna
Saimah Chaudhry    Dan Nasitka    Laura Hess
Kohl Crecelius    Larry Labrado Jr.    Melissa Beck
Jeremy Linehan    Stephen Silver

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