Thant Zin Oo

Est. 2018

Thant Zin Oo was born in Karen State, Myanmar, fleeing to Mae-Ra-Moo refugee camp in Thailand to escape civil unrest. He moved to USA in 2011 and joined the Hissho Sush tribe. This move has allowed him to support his loved ones and employ friends and family in need.

Thant’s cultural perspective, rooted in empathy and sympathy, has enhanced his interactions with customers and employees, fostering customer satisfaction and dedicated team efforts. Outside of Hissho, Thant says, “I dream of opening a sushi food truck or drive-through restaurant, a goal made possible through my role as a franchisee.”

Can you share your background prior to coming to Hissho?

I was born in Karen State in Myanmar. I fled to Mae-Ra-Moo refugee camp in Thailand to escape the violence from the Civil War. I basically grew up in the camp and graduated from college there. I worked as a teacher for a year before coming to United States. I got my first job at Hissho in 2011 and have been with the company ever since.

Can you share any experiences where your cultural perspective positively impacted your interactions with customers or employees?

In my culture, sympathy and empathy hold great significance. Incorporating these values into my business interactions, whether with customers or employees, has resulted in customer satisfaction and sincere dedication from my team.

What motivated you to become a Hissho Sushi franchisee and a sushi chef?

I’ve been part of the Hissho family for quite some time, having served as a local chef, travel chef, and franchisee trainer. I’m drawn to the company’s corporate culture and mission, and I’ve always aspired to become a business owner. Hissho provided me with that opportunity, which is why I chose to become a Hissho Sushi Franchisee.

In what ways has your heritage influenced your role as a business owner? Are there ways you celebrate your culture within your franchise location?

The community I was raised in prioritizes giving your best effort, regardless of material gains. I’ve upheld this motto throughout my professional journey, and it’s had numerous positive impacts.

How has being a business owner impacted your life?

Being a business owner has positively impacted my life. It has increased my earning power, so I am able to support my friends and family both here and back home in Myanmar. It has also given me chances to employ my friends and family who need a job.

What are some of your passions outside of your Hissho business? How has your role as a Hissho Sushi chef enabled you to pursue and advance your passions?

I dream of opening either a sushi food truck or a sushi drive-through restaurant. Thanks to being a franchisee, I’ve been able to earn money and save up to make this dream a reality.

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Krispy Krab Roll and Outer Banks Roll.

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