The Elusive Inclusive
Tom Landis, founder of Howdy Homemade Ice Cream, talks about a fresh wave of businesses hiring people with special needs and how it makes sense as a reflection of the need for inclusion within the body of Christ.
Tom Landis is the founder of Howdy Homemade, the first for-profit restaurant that employs only people with special needs. While opening 13 restaurants over past two decades, Tom leads by prioritizing God, family, the other employees, customers and self. He’s received many awards and honors, including the Ryan Albers’s Lifetime Achievement Award, The Governor of Texas’ Lex Friedan Award for Best Small Business and his first franchise won Best Ice Cream in the State of Utah for 2018. Howdy Homemade is also in the finals for the 2018 State Fair of Texas food competition. He currently has more than 100 people that want to franchise, and an exclusive partnership with Dr Pepper to make and produce Dr. Pepper flavored ice cream. Tom believes the best way to know business is to know people, the best way to know people is The Bible, and the best way to know The Bible is DTS.