Charles Lynn Lowder

Charles Lynn Lowder

Chief Operating Officer

2TOOTS Train Whistle Grill


My road in life took a while to figure out.
As a kid, I was a runaway who was always at the bottom of his class.
The only thing that saved me from falling into a bad situation was my athletic ability.
I played football at Northern Illinois University until I decided that I wanted to fight in Vietnam.
I joined the Marine Corps, where I would serve for sixteen years in total.
My first drill instructor became the role model I'd desperately needed as a child.
My time as a Marine gave my life direction; I came home, completed my J.D., began practicing law.
I've since pivoted into management and consulting, and am currently growing a restaurant franchise.
Through all of it, my proudest accomplishment by far has been raising my three beautiful children.
Keep following my journey


High School
General Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence
DePaul University


Chief Operating Officer

I run a family-friendly restaurant franchise that's currently on the grow.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Armed Services
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

On any given day, my main task is to meet the business goals that I've set for myself and for my restaurants for that day.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You need life experiences. Recognize that the most painful life lessons are often the best, and try to analyze the hard times to see what you can learn from them. We don't learn when the sun's on our face and the wind's at our back; we learn when we're down in the trenches, struggling to get out. When you're going through those hard times, listen to the people that you love, listen to your service buddies, see what kind of wisdom you can glean from them, and apply that to your own life.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

The first thing you need to do is learn self-discipline and self-control. If you haven't had that drilled into you at home, you need to learn it somewhere, whether that be in school, in sports, or in the military. The sooner you start building your character, the better your decisions are going to be. Without self-discipline, you become rudderless; you're just floating around aimlessly.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

General Studies
American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I'm not good enough. I don't know if I can do this."