Larry is the Gecko Hospitality Franchise partner for the State of Maryland and brings over 35 years-experience in the Food and Beverage industry in his role. Growing up right outside of Philadelphia, Larry has had an entrepreneurial spirit since a very young age. Starting out as a newspaper boy, Friedkin worked a variety of jobs building up to his first restaurant position as a busser at the age of 14. He continued in the hospitality industry through High School, working as a Dishwasher at a Chinese Restaurant. As college started, it was natural to continue in the area he enjoyed, and started waiting tables and bartending at the casual theme restaurant H.A.Winston and Co. which helped him pay for nearly all his college costs at the University of Delaware. After 7 years of working through the ranks 5 years in management he became a Multi-Unit General Manager, and left shortly thereafter. Joining Metromedia Restaurants in 1987, he spent nearly 15 years at Steak and Ale, the last 10 1/2 as an Area Director guiding 9 locations and being named Operators Director of the Year in 1998. In 2001, Larry joined O'Charley's Inc. as an Operations Director and opened up 5 locations during his nearly 9 year tenure. He has worked with some outstanding people and great leaders. Over the years, having the chance to hire and develop many people, he has built many lasting great relationships.
Larry is excited to change gears from Operations to Human Resources, and work matching candidates with the right clients as he has always enjoyed watching others attain their professional goals. He is extremely grateful to partner with Gecko and plans to continue creating great relationships in his new role.
Larry and his wife Lisa have been married for 14 years and reside in Richmond Va. They have two great sons Nicholas and Jordan who are 8 year old twins. His joys in life are spending time with his family most of all. He also enjoys camping, boating, biking, swimming and any activity in the outdoors and hopes one day to complete a full triathlon. A devoted Philadelphia Eagles fan as well as a diehard Va. Tech football fan.