"I decided to suck it up and take the risk."
Burger-selling Checkers' chief executive, Rick Silva, at first wanted to run the other way when producers of the CBS TV reality show Undercover Boss approached him to film a segment.
"I did not want to do this show," Silva said Friday. Why not? "This smells," he thought at first. "It was worrisome. I can't control the environment."
Nevertheless, the Tampa CEO of the 800-restaurant fast-food chain saw an upside for some publicity for Checkers, a modest-sized burger business scrapping against such behemoths as McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King — not to mention dozens of other fast-food options from fried chicken to tacos.
Checkers knows exactly what it's selling. One of its slogans is "permission to indulge" and the chain sells a fifth or more of its beef-, cheese- and bacon-laden burgers and fries late at night to folks who, Silva says, are definitely not looking for a salad.
In the end Silva, 47, opted to do the show, which he says interviewed 100 CEOs for just 13 spots. "I decided to suck it up and take the risk."
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