Herbert Norman Slotnick
Born 10/20/1925
Died 1/13/2015 in Boca Raton, FL


Birth: Oct. 20, 1925
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 13, 2015
Florida, USA

Herbert Norman Slotnick, of Boca Raton, Florida, formerly of Syracuse, died Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at his residence. He was born on October 20, 1925, to the proud parents of Samuel and Tillie Slotnick, Herbert N. Slotnick spent his childhood visiting his fathers theaters. He graduated Haverford College, in Philadelphia prior to enlisting in the army. Herb went to war in 1944, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Earning an Honorable Discharge at the war\'s end, Herbert attended school part time while working in his fathers theaters. It was in Cosmos "On the Hill" that he met and fell in love with his wife, Joan Emilia Porter Pence. Together they expanded Slotnick Enterprises, by building drive-ins, and later multiple Cinemas, known at first as Drive In Management, then Carrols Cinemas, and finally Cinema National. Joan encouraged Herbert to expand still further into fast food restaurants. Purchasing the franchise rights, Herbert\'s first two locations were Erie Boulevard and North Syracuse. These locations proved to be Carrols most successful. Opportunity struck, and Herbert bought the entire Carrols chain. At its peak Carrols maintained 167 restaurants. Herbert was instrumental in transitioning Carrols to a franchisee of Burger King in the onset of slumping sales. For a time Carrols was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. In 1985, Herbert was stricken by a heart attack and retired in 1986. The sale of the theater division and the acquisition of the candy and nut company did not proceed as planned. His wife, Joan Porter Pence Slotnick, a cancer victim, survived just five years following Herbert\'s retirement. Today Carrols trades on the NASDAQ, as the world\'s largest Burger King Franchisee with over 500 units. Carrols company headquarters are in Syracuse, NY. The surviving family includes his son and daughter-in-law, David Mark Slotnick, and Carol Ann Zarrow Slotnick; his granddaughter, Emilia Joan Slotnick of Ellicott City; his brother, Melvin Slotnick of Hilton Head, SC; his nieces, Susan Lobosco of St. Elizabeth, Maine, and Valerie Stickles, of Bluffton, SC; and his longtime companion, Carol Levinson Gerstein of Miami Beach. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 16, 2015 at the Birnbaum Funeral Chapel, 1909 E. Fayette Street. Friends may visit with the family from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday prior to the service at the chapel. Burial will be in Adath Yeshurun Cemetery. Please send your donations to, Fund for Blood and Cancer Research, 407 East 70 St., New York, NY 10021.
Published in Syracuse Post Standard from Jan. 14 to Jan. 15, 2015
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