Dan T. Cathy, president and COO of Chick-fil-A, will soon speak at the August North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Eggs & Enterprise Breakfast.
Cathy has recently been in the news for comments he made in an Many gay and lesbian groups have since labled the company as a "hate" organization and Jim Henson Company even withdrew its kids meal toy contract.
Georgia Senator John Albers (R-Roswell) recently voiced his opinion about the matter in a written statement, saying:
"Given that Chick-Fil-A is a well-known Christian company, the recent uproar in the media regarding the company’s support of traditional marriage should not have come as a surprise. Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-Fil-A, did nothing wrong for standing up for his beliefs and does not have to answer to the court of public opinion."
The chain is well known for its policy to stay closed on Sundays, a policy made by its founder, Truett Cathy. The company's website says, "He believes that all franchised Chick-fil-A® Operators and Restaurant employees should have an opportunity to rest, spend time with family and friends, and worship if they choose to do so."
Because of Cathy's recent statements, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has come out saying he will oppose future efforts by Chick-Fil-A to expand in the city. Albers has a problem with that.
"The controversy surrounding the company’s statement does raise concern about how faith-based decisions at the corporate level are coming under attack," he said. "As Americans, we are entitled to our own opinions; however, hindering free trade and commerce in the marketplace is entirely wrong."
Since 2001, Cathy has served as the president and chief operating officer of the 1,638-plus unit chain with its 61,000 employees. Rather than leading from his corporate office in Atlanta, Cathy chooses to spend the majority of his time traveling to the chain’s growing family of restaurants and interacting with Chick-fil-A’s committed team of restaurant operators and team members.
The majority of his travels include participating in grand opening ceremonies for new Chick-fil-A restaurants. Cathy attended numerous restaurant openings last year, spending the night in restaurant parking lots along with hundreds of customers who were vying for a chance to win free Chick-fil-A food for a year as part of a special customer-focused promotion the chain conducts in conjunction with new restaurant openings. Reflecting on these experiences, Cathy notes, “I’m having the most fun I have ever had at Chick-fil-A.”
Cathy's nearly lifelong career at Chick-fil-A began at age 9 as he sang songs for customers and did radio commercials for the chain's original "Dwarf House" restaurant in Hapeville, Ga.
Chick-fil-A Awards and Honors
- 2009 – Received Restaurant & Institutions magazine’s “Choice in Chains” award for the 15th time in 16 years. Topped QSR magazine’s 2009 Best Drive Thru in America survey for the sixth time in the 12-year history of the study.
- 2008 – BusinessWeek and J.D. Power and Associates named Chick-fil-A among the top 25 “Customer Service Champs.”
- 2007 – Recognized as first in overall service in a survey jointly conducted by Zagat and NBC’s “Today Show.”
- 2004 – Honored with Fast Company magazine’s inaugural “Customer First” award; and was the highest rated quick-service chain in the South in J.D. Power and Associate’s Customer Satisfaction survey.
Eggs & Enterprise Breakfast
- Tuesday, Aug. 28, 7:30 a.m.
- Country Club of the South in Johns Creek
- Registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 24
- Register online or by calling 770-993-8806, ext. 306.
- Sponsored by Georgia Power