Darrel Rolph graduated from Fort Hays State University in 1961. After graduation he taught school and coached for three years before resigning to attend graduate school. Mr. Rolph attended the University of North Dakota where he received his MS degree in Physical Science in August, 1965.
On completion of graduate school, Mr. Rolph entered into a partnership to open Pizza Hut restaurants in Eastern Iowa. Five stores were developed which were merged with Pizza Hut, Inc. and taken public in 1968, at which time he was appointed Eastern Regional Manger. In 1970, he was appointed National Director of Operations by Pizza Hut, Inc. and moved to Wichita, Kansas. He held this position until late 1972 at which time he resigned.
After resigning from Pizza Hut, Mr. Rolph worked as a Restaurant and Commercial Real Estate Consultant and pursued private investments. In 1973 he again became a Pizza Hut Franchisee opening units in Virginia, West Virginia and later in Florida. In 1994 these 24 Pizza Huts were sold to Pizza Hut, Inc.
In 1974, Sasnak Management Corporation was formed. Mr. Rolph has served as President of this company from inception to the present. Sasnak has been involved with the operations and development of several restaurant concepts including Carlos O’Kelly’s. In addition to managing several unrelated businesses, the company currently manages 47 Carlos O’Kelly’s and 21 Applebee’s located in twelve states.
Mr. Rolph has served as Chairman of the Board of the International Pizza Hut Franchise Holders Association, is a member of the Pizza Hut Hall of Fame, has served the Fort Hays State University Endowment Association as Chairman of the Investment Committee, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, served on the Executive Committee and received the Fort Hays State University Distinguished Alumni Award. He has also held offices and positions in various civic and professional organizations.
Mr. Rolph is semi-retired and splits time between Florida, Colorado, and Kansas. He and his wife Dee are both avid fly fishermen and travel extensively pursuing this interest. The Rolph’s have three grown children and four grandchildren.
F. D. (Fran) JABARA
Fran Jabara earned his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University and completed his graduate studies at Northwestern University. He is a certified public accountant. Mr. Jabara joined the faculty at Wichita State University in 1949 and served the University for 40 years until he resigned in 1989. He was appointed Distinguished Professor in 1971 and served as Dean of the College of Business Administration for seven years.
Compelled by his advocacy of the American Enterprise System and his firm belief in the important role of the entrepreneur to the perpetuation and growth of our system, he founded one of the first Centers for Entrepreneurship at Wichita State University in 1977. This program became internationally recognized and is well known as one of the finest and most comprehensive programs of its kind in the nation. Under his guidance he co-founded the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs (ACE), the largest national organization for collegiate students interested in entrepreneurship with members in all fifty states and twenty foreign countries.
Devoted to fostering a more conducive environment for entrepreneurs, Mr. Jabara continues to be actively involved in assisting and facilitating entrepreneurial development. He has been invited to foreign countries to discuss venturing and entrepreneurship. Mr. Jabara has been instrumental in assisting other universities in creating academic programs in entrepreneurship including Cornell University, University of Calgary, University of Notre Dame, Arizona State University, St. Thomas University, Marquette University and Monterey Institute of Technology, Mexico.
Fran is the founder of a merchant banking and investment company, Jabara Ventures Group, as well as the Jabara Family Foundation. He is also a member of the board of directors of numerous corporations.
A recognized national leader in entrepreneurship, he was awarded the prestigious Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education and the George Washington Honor Medal by the Freedoms Foundation. In 1991, he was the recipient of the Ernst Young, Merrill Lynch, Inc. Magazine Award for Entrepreneur of the Year. Fran was the chairman of the Kansas delegation to the 1986 White House Conference on Small Business. In 1991, he was the founder of Project H.O.P.E. + E. Each year, Project H.O.P.E. +E hosts VENTUREKIDS, a program designed to communicate ingredients of success through entrepreneurship to minority fifth graders. In 1996, Wichita State University dedicated Jabara Hall, and that same year Jabara was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Oklahoma State University. He was a 1997 Laureate for the Wichita Business Hall of Fame. In 1999, he was awarded the Cardinal Newman Medal from Newman University. In 2001, he was awarded the Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award by the College of Business Administration at Wichita State University. Wichita State University awarded the President’s Medal to Fran in the Fall of 2002. In 2003, the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce named Fran Uncommon Citizen. The U.S. Small Business Administration has selected Fran as 2003 Financial Services Advocate of the Year.
Fran has consulted with literally thousands of small and emerging companies during his career. He brings together the rare combination of an educator who has been an active entrepreneur throughout his professional career. Fran is truly a friend of the entrepreneur.