Tony Simmons

Bob Amin, a serial entrepreneur who owns 17 convenience stores and several local fast-food restaurants, will be the guest of Florida State University Panama City professor Brian Baber for a free Lunch & Learn presentation on April 17.

Baber, MBA, will speak with Amin from noon to 1:30 p.m. that day in the Holley Academic Center’s St. Joe Community Foundation Lecture Hall, 4750 Collegiate Drive, Panama City. There is no cost for admission, and a light lunch will be provided.

“This session promises to be an insightful exploration of Bob's journey from managing a single convenience store to becoming a multi-faceted entrepreneur, along with the lessons he has learned and the wisdom he has to share,” Baber said. “Bob Amin is a distinguished entrepreneur with a rich background in business.”

A graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in computer science, Amin’s career trajectory took a pivotal turn when he ventured into the convenience store industry. This experience lay the groundwork for his entrepreneurial journey, leading him to acquire his first convenience store in late 2003. Over the years, his dedication and business acumen have enabled him to expand his portfolio to an impressive 17 convenience stores.

“Bob's entrepreneurial spirit didn't stop with convenience stores,” Baber said. “He has diversified his business interests into the restaurant industry as a franchisee owner of well-known brands such as Tijuana Flats, Fazoli's, Subway, Marco's Pizza and Checkers. “

Despite the demands of being self-employed, Amin places a high value on family time and maintains a strong family orientation. He enjoys being around people and has a passion for cricket—an homage to his Indian heritage—while following the NFL whenever possible. 

"Bob's entire career has been underpinned by a commitment to customer service, a field he has been involved in since his first job,” Baber said. “With only three jobs over his lifetime, Bob's story is one of steadfast dedication and entrepreneurial growth.”

Baber is the Entrepreneur in Residence at FSU PC’s Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship, specializing in real estate and construction. For more information, visit PC.FSU.EDU/entrepreneurship.

The discussion will also be made available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify as part of Baber’s “FSU Panama City Entrepreneurship Lunch and Learn Podcast.”
PHOTO: Bob Amin