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Published on: July 13, 2022

The Owensboro Times

Mason Murphy and Charles Watson

Tropical Smoothie Cafe CEO Charles Watson “stepped down” on Tuesday to allow Owensboro 12-year-old Mason Murphy to act as CEO.

Watson became aware of the young entrepreneur after reading about Murphy’s vending machine business in Owensboro.

Murphy, a rising 7th-grader at Burns Middle School, saved money and purchased a vending machine and the candy to put in it. He put the machine in Donatos Pizza, a business owned by his aunt and uncle Jennifer and Sean Byrne.

Murphy wants to purchase a second vending machine and put it in another business owned by the Byrnes, which happens to be a Tropical Smoothie Cafe. 

Fostering entrepreneurship at a young age is one of Watson’s missions, so he invited Murphy and his family to Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s Atlanta headquarters to act as CEO and make decisions for the brand.

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