2014 Golden Chain Awards: Kent Taylor

2014 Golden Chain Awards: Kent Taylor

The Golden Chain honorees represent the best the restaurant industry offers. To celebrate the winning executives, NRN dives into the strategies they use to build brands and inspire people. Find out more about the 2014 winners >>

W. Kent Taylor, chief executive and founder of Texas Roadhouse, started the restaurant as a means to an end: he wanted to buy a house. However, passion for his concept and the restaurant business grew quickly. That didn’t mean instant success though.

Taylor has had his share of failed stores and growth capital that didn’t come through, but his perseverance in the face of those challenges, as well as his model of giving employees a piece of the profit, have paid huge

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