Ian So: CEO, Chicken & Rice Guys- AHN Top 50 Unsung Heroes 2021

February 16, 2021
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Upon graduation from Babson College, a top global entrepreneurship school in Boston, MA, with a Diversity Leadership Scholarship, Ian gained experience in the entrepreneurship world working at several startups. In 2012, eager to apply his entrepreneurial studies and work experience to real life, he bought a food truck on eBay for $19,000 and launched his food business, Chicken & Rice Guys. From that initial investment, his business grew into an annual multi-million dollar revenue company with 6 food trucks, 3 restaurants, a 10,000 sf full service food truck commissary and a full-service catering/popup division. In the first 4 years of business, Chicken & Rice Guys was the 9th fastest growing private company in Massachusetts and the 206th fastest growing private company in the USA.


Chicken & Rice Guys rise to fame includes numerous awards and publications in the media, most notably, 2017 Boston Business Journal's Fast 50 (Private Businesses), Boston Business Journal's Diversity in Leadership Award for Corporate Impact, Boston Eater's Hottest Restaurants of 2015, Thrillist's Best Food Trucks in Boston, Reader's Digest Nationally Top Ranked Food Truck, 3x winner of Boston A-List's Best Food Truck, and top rankings on Yelp.com.


Ian is also personally recognized as a Boston business leader by winning numerous awards including Boston Business Journal's 40 Under 40, Mayor Walsh's Spark Impact Awards, Smart CEO's Future 50 award, and GetKonnected 25 Most Influential Millennials of Greater Boston.


In addition to being a business leader, Ian values being a community leader. He is extremely passionate about using his resources, knowledge, and experience to help others. In 2019, he founded the Chicken & Rice Guys foundation to expand on his company’s mission to “Do Good With Food.” The foundation expands upon the charitable efforts of Chicken & Rice Guys, which through the years, has donated hundreds of thousand of dollars of in-kind donations and tens of thousands of pounds of food to various local Boston charities including homeless shelters, food pantries, and non-profits focused helping low-income and underprivileged communities.

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