Joe DeLoss

Head Fryer and Founder, Hot Chicken Takeover

Joe DeLoss is building a fried chicken empire by changing perspectives on HR and workforce development.

Though his career began as an investment bank analyst, Joe quickly left the cubicle to combine his passions for entrepreneurship and community impact. With ten years and a dozen ideas now behind him, Joe has struck a nerve with his newest adventure, Hot Chicken Takeover. The restaurant concept sells Nashville-style hot chicken in an environment reminiscent of a family reunion.

To support rapid expansion of the concept, Joe relies on an unconventional workforce and management system. The majority of his team members have established criminal resumes alongside their professional ones – a message Hot Chicken Takeover isn’t shy on communicating. For Joe, this approach is far from charitable; it’s the lynchpin of HCT’s success.

Joe speaks frequently on his management and benefits system and has also served as an adjunct instructor at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business and John Glenn School of Public Affairs. 

Upcoming Conference Sessions Featuring Joe DeLoss


Disrupting HR for Good – An Unconventional Approach with Uncommon Outcomes

What came first, the chicken or the.... employment? Joe DeLoss has set out to build a fried chicken empire – but he’s not a chef, he didn’t intend to be a restaurateur; Joe is an entrepreneur passionate about human resources and the impact it can have on someone’s life. DeLoss’s company, Hot Chicken Takeover, provides employment to nearly 200 men and women, almost 70% of whom have been previously impacted by incarceration or a criminal record.

Joe’s team, made up of many deemed unemployable, has set a new standard for engagement, retention, and enthusiasm. In a job category wrought with volatility and turnover, their approach is yielding uncommon results – profitable for both employee and employer. In this keynote, Joe will debunk the myths associated with their Fair Chance employment approach and offer practical strategies for engaging diverse, entry-level workforces.
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How Hot Chicken Takeover approaches hiring and ...

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