Born and bred in Brentwood. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
is now one of the nation's top shops for a cup of joe. With its nationwide
success it's no wonder its President and CEO was a finalist for EOY Ernst &
Young Entrepreneur of the Year-LA.
Elias, himself, is not an Angeleno by birth. He hails from
Malaysia, where yes, he opened up a franchise. Seeing potential in the coffee
retail chain Elias tells EOY he moved to L.A. and "helped organize a buyout
from the founding owners. He turned a family-run business into a structured
Great news for the economy. The "Bean" is hiring!
Elias proudly informed me some of his baristas have worked their way up to
manager even Vice President. Elias tells EOY he "wants his employees to
understand they have a higher purpose than just making a profit; their goal
should be to have a successful company that uses its success to make a positive
difference in the world." Looking for a job? Elias says to go to the company's
website. That's where they have the listings.