Philip Sobeck is the grandson of the founder of Chicken Shack, John Sobeck, and the son of Mark and Mary Sobeck. He attended St. Dennis elementary school in Royal Oak, Michigan and De La Salle high school in Warren, Michigan. He has a Computer Science degree from Kalamazoo College.
After graduation from Kalamazoo College, Philip Sobeck started working as the store manager at the Chicken Shack on Woodward Ave. in Royal Oak, MI. He maintained that position for approximately two years. He then decided that he wanted to become an owner in the business. He purchased a portion of that Chicken Shack location in 1999 and became a co-owner. In 2001 an opportunity to purchase an existing Chicken Shack location in St. Clair Shores, MI, presented itself and Mr. Sobeck purchased that location. A few years later in 2005, another opportunity to purchase an existing Chicken Shack location on Mack Ave. in Grosse Pointe, MI, presented itself and Philip purchased that store as well.