Frank Vizcarra is a retired Mexican-American soccer midfielder who played professionally in the American Soccer League and Major Indoor Soccer League. Following his successful athletic career, he became a top McDonald’s executive and an entrepreneur.
Frank attended Ohio State University where he played on the men’s soccer team in 1977 and 1978. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education. In 1979, the Portland Timbers selected Frank in the North American Soccer League draft. He signed with the Columbus Magic of the American Soccer League. In 1980, Frank was one of three players signed during the expansion Denver Avalanche of the Major Indoor Soccer League. The Avalanche folded at the end of the season in 1982. In, 1983, Frank signed with the San Diego Sockers who were then playing in the MISL.
After retiring from soccer, Frank became a manager for Pizza Hut and then in 1985, McDonald’s hired him. Over the years, he moved up from being a restaurant manager to Vice President of Strategy, Innovation and Franchise Relations for the U.S. market where he led the team that created the U.S. Plan to Win that led to the turnaround of the U.S. business. He was later promoted to Vice President of Strategy in the Restaurant Support Group. In this role he designed the restructure of the European market and APMEA for their respective presidents. He also served as a strategic advisor to the president and chief operating officer. Frank retired from McDonald’s in 2006.
After his retirement, he founded Vizcarra Consulting Group, which focuses on helping chief executive officers develop business strategy. He co-founded the College Success Program with the Barrio Logan College Institute to help underprivileged students attend college and break their cycle of poverty.
He also is the president of The Opportunity Foundation which is being built to help establish college scholarship programs for underprivileged students.
Frank serves on the boards of Del Taco, the Salvation Army, Lead Like Jesus, and is on the advisory board of several start-ups.