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SONIC CFO Claudia San Pedro Draws Praise in Profile

Her story from humble beginnings to self-made success is the same as many franchise owners

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For Claudia San Pedro, the story of SONIC’s franchisees mirrors much of her life as a successful business executive. Claudia’s SONIC® career began more than 10 years ago and, during that time, she has risen through the ranks from treasurer to chief financial officer.

Recently, the Oklahoman profiled Claudia’s career, and she shared with readers a few of the ways in which her life and career have followed the same trajectory of so many of our franchise owners. As Claudia sees it, both her life and the lives of SONIC franchise owners are about achieving the American dream.

Claudia immigrated to the United States from Mexico with her parents when she was a young child because her father was attending medical school. Her parents viewed the move as temporary, so they only spoke Spanish at home.

“I didn’t learn to speak and read English until I was in kindergarten at Putnam City’s Hilldale Elementary. A fourth-grade teacher there took me under her wing and worked with me every day, so I was prepared when I started first grade in Norman, where my father had a private practice,” Claudia tells the Oklahoman in the piece, which you can read here.

The family’s move became permanent, Claudia became a citizen, and today, she calls Oklahoma home. With a staff of more than 75 at her command, she’s an integral part of the SONIC brand. As CFO, she oversees our finances, public relations efforts and all external communications.

SONIC is America’s Drive-In, serving more than 3 million customers a day at more than 3,500 locations nationwide. An iconic brand with a rich heritage encompassing more than 60 years, SONIC believes in excellent customer service and developing core relationships with customers and the communities where our franchise owners operate. Over the past six decades, SONIC® has become an integral part of the American experience. Just ask Claudia, who highlights how much SONIC means to her.

“I’ve been an admirer of SONIC since I was a kid in Norman,” Claudia tells the Oklahoman. “For an after-school snack, my friends and I liked to split cheese tater tots, onion rings and cherry limeades. I still enjoy the onion rings today, but I order the mini size of two or three, which is just right for me.”

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