Hot Chicken Takeover's Joe DeLoss has built a social enterprise with spice

Chloe Teasley
cteasley@columbusceo.com
Joe DeLoss was voted by peer CEOs as CEO of the Year for 2019 in the small business category.

Although there are plenty of Hot Chicken Takeover frequenters who are passionate about the spicy fried chicken, founder Joe DeLoss created the social enterprise because he was passionate about helping people. Hot chicken has merely served as a vehicle in which to offer that help.

Founder and head fryer, Hot Chicken Takeover

Age: 34

In position since: 2014

Experience: Adjunct instructor, Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business and the John Glenn School of Public Affairs; founder of two previous startups.

Employees: 137

Revenue: $6.2 million (2018)

Locations: 4 (3 in Columbus, 1 in Cleveland)

Joe DeLoss