History of Sonic Drive-In

The SONIC Drive-In Story and Family History

SONIC Drive-In, founded by Troy Smith and originally named Top Hat Drive-In, began in 1953 as a hamburger and root beer stand in Shawnee, Oklahoma. SONIC’s introduction and unique use of curbside speakers allowed Guests to place food orders without ever leaving their cars.

This innovation spawned the slogan, “Service with the Speed of Sound” and a new name in 1959: SONIC Drive-In.

Our Purpose And Core Values

Sparking Moments of Delightful Possibility
  • Relationships

    Relationships are our way of life; we’re there for each other and the communities we serve.
  • Respect

    Genuine appreciation for the value of each individual; championing the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives that fosters an inclusive culture.
  • Fun

    We celebrate life, laugh out loud, work hard and don’t take ourselves too seriously.
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit

    The relentless pursuit of opportunity and innovation.
  • Surprise and Delight

    Doing unexpected and special things.

Leadership Team

The people behind Carey Group Inc.