Tuesday was the 11th annual National Pancake Day, during which IHOP serves millions of free pancakes and asks customers to donate to a charity.
To celebrate the day, we sat down with the company’s president, Darren Rebelez, in a New York City IHOP Tuesday morning.
During the conversation we asked Rebelez to share the best career advice he’s ever received. He shares his two favorite pearls of wisdom:
1. Be open to different opportunities, even if they don’t seem like they fit in exactly with what you thought you were going to do.
Rebelez, who previously worked as a manager at Exxon Mobil and as Chief Operating Officer at 7-Eleven, says he held a few analytical jobs early in his career.
“It wasn’t anything I had a background in and didn’t sound really interesting to me, but I learned a lot of things that ended up helping me out later when I was at 7-Eleven and responsible for all the gasoline,” he explains.
He says working at Exxon Mobil then prepared him for his executive role at 7-Eleven, which gave him the experience of running a retail franchise that he needed to get his current job as president of IHOP.
“You never know how the pieces will fit together over the length of your career,” he says.