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Corporate Competitor Podcast

Jun 9, 2021

Ep. 47: Basketball shaped one of the country’s best restaurant leaders. GJ served as CEO of California Pizza Kitchen and CEO of Texas Roadhouse, where he oversaw growth in revenue from $63 million per year when he arrived to more than $1 billion annually when he moved. Today he is in Austin, Texas, leading the rocket ship that is Torchy’s Tacos, one of the fastest-growing brands in America.

A proud graduate of James Madison University, GJ wanted to offer opportunities to students like himself and, in 2012, made a substantial donation of his time and resources that led the university to place his name atop the Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management.

In this episode, GJ shares why he hires for attitude over ability and offers listeners six proven lessons for leadership.

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