May 25, 2017
 
From left to right:  Rotarian Tara Chapman, Brian Krasielwicz and President Rob Goldin
 
Rotarian Tara Chapman introduced Brian Krasielwicz as the 2017 Business Person of the Year.  Brian is on the Chamber Board for Haralson County, secretary for L.A.M.P. and Chairman of Keep Haralson Beautiful.
 
Brian was born in Long Island, New York but grew up in Snellville, GA.  At 18, he became the manager of Papa John's Pizza in Bremen.  One year, he gave out free pizza coupons to 300 students at Tallapoosa Primary School, but only a handful redeemed their coupons.  He returned to the school to find out why so few were redeemed and was told that many did not have transportation to get to the store because many came from low income households.  This story made a large impact on Brian and he continues to find a way to help the community, even offering employees full pay for volunteering in the community.   The store continues to only break even, since profit margins for a Papa John's franchise are not as high as other pizza delivery companies.  The franchise owner has made a commitment to the community because of Brian's commitment.  
 
 
Congratulations to Brian for a well-deserved honor.  Brian truly epitomizes Rotary's motto- "Service Above Self".