Buddy McClain has built MVP SONIC GROUP into a top-operating franchise business across three states.

Our Story - A franchisee for MORE THAN THREE DECADES


he MVP SONIC GROUP story begins with the story of Ronald “Buddy” McClain, the CEO of our franchise group.

Buddy McClain started at SONIC as a cook. He soon worked upward through the ranks gaining valuable management and operational experience. At the age of 22, McClain became the owner-operator of the SONIC in Selma, Ala., in 1978, his first store in which he had an ownership stake. This was the beginning of McClain building the foundation for what is now known as MVP SONIC GROUP.

He bought the development rights for the Jackson, Miss., market with his childhood friend, Bruce Vaughn, now his business partner. Since first grade McClain and Vaughn had been friends and with this common background, came a similar perspective on the SONIC business.

Their philosophy was to build the SONIC restaurants close to home to keep a close eye on their growing business. Within 10 years McClain and Vaughn had 12 SONIC Drive-Ins all within one hour’s driving distance.


Having gained a wealth of experience and knowledge in operations, customer service and expansion, it was a natural for MVP to next expand to other markets in Mississippi, Alabama and then to Florida. By 2014 we had acquired 63 stores and were looking to grow even more into the Florida market. As of 2017, we are at 99 stores and still growing.

In 2014, Buddy McClain was presented the Troy Smith Hall of Fame Award. Named after SONIC’s founder, the Troy Smith Award is SONIC’s most prestigious award given to a franchisee that has made significant contributions of leadership, growth, and positively upholding brand image. A franchisee for 38 years, Buddy McClain exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit of SONIC founder, Troy Smith.

Under his leadership, the MVP SONIC GROUP embraces change, new technology and operational advances with unfailing focus making him an ideal franchisee and SONIC brand champion.