2011 - S. Truett Cathy
"Nearly every moment of every day we have the opportunity to give something to someone else - our time, our love, our resources. I have always found more joy in giving when I did not expect anything in return."
"Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People"by S. Truett Cathy, published 2002
In 1967, Cathy founded and opened the first Chick-fil-A restaurant in Atlanta's Greenbriar Shopping Center. Today, Chick-fil-A is the second-largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the United States based on annual sales. At the beginning of 2011, there were more than 1,500 Chick-fil-A restaurants in 39 states and the District of Columbia.
Cathy's approach is largely driven by personal satisfaction and a sense of obligation to the community and its young people. His WinShape Foundation, founded in 1984, grew from his desire to "shape winners" by helping young people succeed in life through scholarships and other youth-support programs.
As part of its WinShape Homes program, eight foster care homes have been started in Georgia, two in Tennessee and one in Alabama that are operated by Cathy and the WinShape Foundation.
WinShape Camps were founded in 1985 as residential, two-week summer camps to impact young people and families through experiences that enhance their Christian faith, character and relationships. More than 2,000 campers from throughout the country and abroad attend these camps each year.
Cathy, who was born March 14, 1921, in Georgia, built his life and business based on hard work, humility and biblical principles. He is a member of the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Georgia, where he has taught the same Sunday school class for more than 50 years. Based on these principles, all of Chick-fil-A's restaurants operate with a "Closed-on-Sunday" policy, without exception. Company sales figures have consistently proven that Chick-fil-A restaurants often generate more business per square foot in six days than many other quick-service restaurants produce in seven.