S. Truett Cathy - Founder and Chairman, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

S. Truett Cathy
Founder and Chairman, Chick-fil-A, Inc.
http://www.chick-fil-a.com/

"To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us.
To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with our business."
                                                                -
Chick-fil-A, Inc. purpose statement.

 

In Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People (Looking Glass Books 2002), Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A, challenges readers to focus on people and principles.  Then good success will surely follow.  That philosophy is the foundation of Chick-fil-A, one of America's largest privately held restaurant chains.

Truett Cathy is a real-life Horatio Alger story.  He illustrates to readers that significance and success come when one exhibits servant leadership in all areas of life, seizing everyday opportunities to help others.

Truett Cathy grew up during the Great Depression in a boarding house his mother operated, where he learned the principles of hard work, fairness, honesty, loyalty, and respect.  When he opened a small restaurant in 1946 with his brother Ben, he put those principles to work and immediately began to experience their rewards.

In 1967, Truett Cathy opened the first Chick-fil-A restaurant, which was unique in America in two ways: it served the first boneless breast chicken sandwich, and it was the first fast-food restaurant to operate in a shopping mall.  Today there are more than 1,000 Chick-fil-A restaurants with more than $1 billion in sales annually.  The chain achieved this success while adhering to a policy unknown in the fast food business Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays.

Truett Cathys commitment reaches far beyond the people who work and eat in his restaurants.  Through the WinShape Centre Foundation, funded by Chick-fil-A, he operates foster homes for more than 120 children, sponsors a summer camp for more than 1,600 children, and has provided college scholarships for more than 16,500 students.  He also teaches a Sunday school class to 13-year-old boys; something he has done for more than 40 years.

 

I see no conflict between biblical principles and good business practice. Corporate America needs faith in something more than the bottom line.
                                  - S. Truett Cathy, Founder/Chairman, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

 

 


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Thanks goes to David Wood, Corporate Communications, Chick-fil-A, Inc., for allowing me to copy information from the Chick-fil-A web site.

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Chick-fil-A, Inc.
5200 Buffington Road
Atlanta, GA 30349-2998
(404) 765-8038
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