Thomas A. (Tom) Garrett

Thomas A. (Tom) Garrett
Founder and CEO, GPS Hospitality

Last Updated: 03/16/2014

Executive Summary

If there's a leading authority on Arby's Restaurants, it's Tom Garrett. He started out as an assistant manager at an Alabama Arby's in 1980 at age 18 and rose through the ranks of franchisee RTM Group, eventually becoming president of the 788-store organization in 2003. Arby's parent company Triarc Enterprises bough

Personal Attributes and Interests

  • Garrett was born and raised in Alabama. He started working for Arby's at age 18.
  • He is very passionate about the Burger King brand; his favorite Burger King product is the Whopper!

Current Focus

  • Plan for aggressive growth: In January 2014 GPS Hospitality announced the purchase of 15 Burger King restaurants from Charton Management. Garrett said, “Charton Management has a longstanding history with the BURGER

Biographical Highlights

  • Garrett was born in 1962 in Gadsen, AL.
  • He started his career with the RTM Restaurant Group, which was founded in 1973 with the opening of 11 Arby's Restaurants in Georgia and Alabama.

Other Boards and Organizations

  • Former Chairman, Board of Trustees, Arby's Foundation
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, RTM Restaurant Group

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