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Harry Snyder

AKA Harold Snyder

Born: 9-Sep-1913
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died: 14-Dec-1976
Location of death: Los Angeles, CA
Cause of death: Cancer - Lung

Gender: Male
Religion: Born-Again Christian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Co-Founder of In-N-Out Burger

Harry Snyder was the day manager of a burger stand in Seattle when he met his future wife, Esther Johnson, in 1947. The next year they married and moved to Baldwin Park, California, where they opened their own burger drive-in, In-N-Out Burger, on 22 October 1948. Over the next thirty years, even as McDonald's and other fast-food chains opened thousands of restaurants, the Snyders managed In-N-Out with a "slow growth" philosophy, stressing fresh ingredients, quality preparation, and excellent customer service over rapid expansion and the corporate standard of constant cost-cutting calculations.

Snyder died in 1976 and his wife died in 2006, but the company and all its restaurants are still owned by their granddaughter, Lynsi Martinez Torres, and other members of the extended family. The chain's restaurants have no microwaves or freezers, its burgers and fries are legendary, and its customers are so loyal that In-N-Out is sometimes referred to as a cult. In-N-Out employees are still paid substantially higher wages than in other fast-food operations, the best workers are routinely promoted to management, and all offers to buy the business or sell franchises are politely rebuffed.

Father: Hendrick Schneider ("Harry")
Mother: Mary Droewde
Sister: Lillian (b. 1910)
Sister: Harriet (b. 1912)
Wife: Esther Snyder (In-N-Out co-founder, dated 1947-48, m. 1948, until his death, d. 2006, two sons)
Son: Harold Guy Snyder (In-N-Out executive, b. 1951, d. 1999 painkiller overdose)
Son: Richard Snyder (In-N-Out executive, b. 1952, d. 1993 plane crash)

    High School: Venice High School, Los Angeles, CA

    In-N-Out Burger Co-Founder & President (1948-76)

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