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 empire."
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.