G.J. Hart is the CEO of California Pizza Kitchen, which was founded in 1985 and currently has 274 restaurants in 13 countries. Hart is the former president and CEO of the Louisville-based Texas Roadhouse restaurants. Founded in 1993, Texas Roadhouse has grown to more than 350 restaurants in 46 states and two countries.

Hart was named 2010 Restaurateur of the Year by Kentucky Restaurant Association, and the 2009 Person of Vision by Prevent Blindness Kentucky. Hart was also recognized as one of the best CEOs for investor relations by IR Magazine in 2011.

The son of a retired police officer, Hart is passionate about supporting police officers across the nation. In 2006, Hart and other community leaders created the Louisville Metro Police Foundation, which is a non-partisan partnership between the men and women of the Louisville Metro Police Department and the community. 

Prior to joining Texas Roadhouse in 2000, Hart was president of Al Copeland Investments, a multi-faceted organization comprised of three food processing plants, four restaurant concepts, hotels, gaming, entertainment, and comedy clubs.

Hart began his career at Shenandoah Valley Poultry Company, where he climbed from trainee to general manager and minority owner of the company in just eight years. In his next position, as president of New Zealand Lamb Company, he increased revenue by 60% while decreasing operating expenses 65%. Next, he took over as president of Trifoods International, a start-up company that created, produced, and marketed innovative, prepared food products. In just four years, the company’s revenue increased to more than $60 million.

G. J. is a member of the College of Business Board of Advisors.

 

 

Chief Executive Officer, California Pizza Kitchen

G.J. Hart is the CEO of California Pizza Kitchen, which was founded in 1985 and currently has 274 restaurants in 13 countries. Hart is the former president and CEO of the Louisville-based Texas Roadhouse restaurants. Founded in 1993, Texas Roadhouse has grown to more than 350 restaurants in 46 states and two countries.

Hart was named 2010 Restaurateur of the Year by Kentucky Restaurant Association, and the 2009 Person of Vision by Prevent Blindness Kentucky. Hart was also recognized as one of the best CEOs for investor relations by IR Magazine in 2011.

The son of a retired police officer, Hart is passionate about supporting police officers across the nation. In 2006, Hart and other community leaders created the Louisville Metro Police Foundation, which is a non-partisan partnership between the men and women of the Louisville Metro Police Department and the community. 

Prior to joining Texas Roadhouse in 2000, Hart was president of Al Copeland Investments, a multi-faceted organization comprised of three food processing plants, four restaurant concepts, hotels, gaming, entertainment, and comedy clubs.

Hart began his career at Shenandoah Valley Poultry Company, where he climbed from trainee to general manager and minority owner of the company in just eight years. In his next position, as president of New Zealand Lamb Company, he increased revenue by 60% while decreasing operating expenses 65%. Next, he took over as president of Trifoods International, a start-up company that created, produced, and marketed innovative, prepared food products. In just four years, the company’s revenue increased to more than $60 million.

G. J. is a member of the College of Business Board of Advisors.

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