Buddy Bengel

Class of 2018

Economic Development

A former professional baseball player with business aspirations, Buddy Bengel has gone on to start a number of businesses.  Those include a sports consulting firm, a summer collegiate baseball franchise, and most recently, a number of restaurants in North Carolina.

With the mindset of creating a new workforce for his restaurants and others, during PLS Bengel focused on getting formerly incarcerated individuals back into the workforce.  This initiative has been successful in many of Bengel’s restaurants and has led him to help take this model to the hospitality industry throughout the state of North Carolina.

Expertise: Economic Development
Project: Economic Development
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