With thriving Dunkin’ Donuts stores and various awards under his belt, Larry Lemos credits his parents for much of his success. After emigrating from Portugal to Rhode Island in the 1970s, his parents, Antonio and Maria Lemos, worked for a Dunkin’ Donuts in Warwick, Rhode Island.

“Joe Batista was the owner and he saw something in my Dad. He appreciated his hard work and dedication and offered him a partnership in the business,” says Larry. Antonio accepted, and the Lemos family went on to build stores with the Batista family.