Truett Cathy

Truett CathySamuel (S.) Truett Cathy is the founder and chairman of Chick-fil-A, Inc., the world's second largest fast-service chicken restaurant chain.

After serving in the US Army during World War II, Truett and his brother Ben opened a small diner called the Dwarf Grill in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1946. After the tragic deaths of his brothers, Ben and Horace, in 1949, Truett continued to run and grow the business. The original restaurant, now called The Dwarf House, is still in business and has multiple locations in the Atlanta area.

In 1967, Cathy opened the first Chick-fil-A restaurant. Today, the company is worth an estimated $1.5 billion and has over 1,600 locations in 39 states and Washington, D.C., generating over $4.1 billion in annual sales. In 2008, Cathy founded another restaurant group, Upscale Pizza. In 1982, Cathy and his wife, Jeanette, established WinShape Foundation, a group of Christian-based programs dedicated to "shaping winners." The couple fostered children for more than 30 years; since then, WinShape Homes, a long-term foster-care program through their foundation, has provided foster homes for more than 200 children. In addition, Cathy's Leadership Scholarship program has given more than $23 million in $1,000 scholarships to Chick-fil-A employees.

"It is when we stop doing our best work that our enthusiasm for the job wanes. We must motivate ourselves to do our very best, and by our example lead others to do their best as well." — S. Truett Cathy

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