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Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy Will Speak at Chamber Breakfast

Dan T. Cathy will discuss his business philosophy at the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce August Eggs & Enterprise Breakfast meeting.

Dan T. Cathy, president and COO of Chick-fil-A, will soon speak at the August North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Eggs & Enterprise Breakfast.

Cathy has recently been in the news for comments he made in an  Many gay and lesbian groups have since labled the company as a "hate" organization and Jim Henson Company even withdrew its kids meal toy contract.

Georgia Senator John Albers (R-Roswell) recently voiced his opinion about the matter in a written statement, saying:

"Given that Chick-Fil-A is a well-known Christian company, the recent uproar in the media regarding the company’s support of traditional marriage should not have come as a surprise. Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-Fil-A, did nothing wrong for standing up for his beliefs and does not have to answer to the court of public opinion."

The chain is well known for its policy to stay closed on Sundays, a policy made by its founder, Truett Cathy. The company's website says, "He believes that all franchised Chick-fil-A® Operators and Restaurant employees should have an opportunity to rest, spend time with family and friends, and worship if they choose to do so."

Because of Cathy's recent statements, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has come out saying he will oppose future efforts by Chick-Fil-A to expand in the city. Albers has a problem with that.

"The controversy surrounding the company’s statement does raise concern about how faith-based decisions at the corporate level are coming under attack," he said. "As Americans, we are entitled to our own opinions; however, hindering free trade and commerce in the marketplace is entirely wrong."

Since 2001, Cathy has served as the president and chief operating officer of the 1,638-plus unit chain with its 61,000 employees. Rather than leading from his corporate office in Atlanta, Cathy chooses to spend the majority of his time traveling to the chain’s growing family of restaurants and interacting with Chick-fil-A’s committed team of restaurant operators and team members.

The majority of his travels include participating in grand opening ceremonies for new Chick-fil-A restaurants. Cathy attended numerous restaurant openings last year, spending the night in restaurant parking lots along with hundreds of customers who were vying for a chance to win free Chick-fil-A food for a year as part of a special customer-focused promotion the chain conducts in conjunction with new restaurant openings. Reflecting on these experiences, Cathy notes, “I’m having the most fun I have ever had at Chick-fil-A.”

Cathy's nearly lifelong career at Chick-fil-A began at age 9 as he sang songs for customers and did radio commercials for the chain's original "Dwarf House" restaurant in Hapeville, Ga.

Chick-fil-A Awards and Honors

  • 2009 – Received Restaurant & Institutions magazine’s “Choice in Chains” award for the 15th time in 16 years. Topped QSR magazine’s 2009 Best Drive Thru in America survey for the sixth time in the 12-year history of the study. 
  • 2008 – BusinessWeek and J.D. Power and Associates named Chick-fil-A among the top 25 “Customer Service Champs.”
  • 2007 – Recognized as first in overall service in a survey jointly conducted by Zagat and NBC’s “Today Show.”
  • 2004 – Honored with Fast Company magazine’s inaugural “Customer First” award; and was the highest rated quick-service chain in the South in J.D. Power and Associate’s Customer Satisfaction survey.

Eggs & Enterprise Breakfast

  • Tuesday, Aug. 28, 7:30 a.m.
  • Country Club of the South in Johns Creek
  • Registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 24
  • Register online or by calling 770-993-8806, ext. 306.
  • Sponsored by Georgia Power
Toni Dore July 27, 2012 at 10:54 AM
We need to keep business separate from religion. Mr Cathy is entitled to run his business as he sees fit. Those that don't agree with his business practices - no matter what they are based on - can just do business elsewhere. No one has a right to impose their personal beliefs on anyone else.
Matt Baker July 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM
If you believe a business owner should have the freedom to express his religious views without being run out of town by corrupt city officials, please search for Facebook group “Support Chick-Fil-A on August 1st!!” and join!!
David Joe Miller July 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Cathy's statement appears to be his personal opinion and doesn't appear to represent the opionion of his company. As long as he doesn't discriminate in the work place or against his customers I think this issue should die a quite death. I don't agree with him but I'm sure there are many that do. Such is freedom. I would be some concerned about his actions, his choice of charity and the way he treats people.
Sarah Baker July 27, 2012 at 01:11 PM
If you believe people have the right not to support organizations that support something that goes against their beliefs, don't buy chicken on August 1! The company's charitable side has donated to organizations that are blatantly anti-gay. One of these groups is "Exodus international," which supports dangerous and unethical therapy to "cure" gays, despite a lack of evidence that homosexuality is even a disease or that it can be "cured." Most people who pay attention to these things would assume that Chick Fil A would have an anti-gay basis, from its "biblical" foundation, so I am not sure why this has come as a huge surprise to so many people. A business owner can say whatever he wants, but that doesn't mean that we have to pad his pockets with our cash if we don't agree with him.
CHICFILAIS4str8ppl July 27, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Chic Fil A has my business and always will..............all these whiny ,despicable gays and lesbos can go somewhere else and Chic Fil A will be fine.....there are many more CHRISTIANS and other people who are OPPOSED to homo activity that will immediately take their place in the waiting lines and Drive thrus of Chic Fil A.
Janis Womack July 28, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Yea Matt
Janis Womack July 28, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Go Christians
Janis Womack July 28, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Read your Bible Toni
Rob Melvin July 29, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Janis - Have you, yourself, "read the Bible"? Do you live by all the "rules", or do you, as other so-called "good Christians", just select what you want from the Book and use it to publicly persecute others because of your own fears and bigotry? If you want to throw around the "Word of God" as the absolute way it is and should be, then practice it all or keep your hypocritical opinions to yourself. If you want to know what I'm talking about, this girl explains it all in a short clip, complete with Biblical references ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JprRWKQys7A Oh, and CHICFILAIS4str8ppl, how ironic that you hide your inflammatory comments behind a pseudonym. If you're going to make such hateful remarks, at least take responsibility for them and don't hide out. As a note, it's people like you, and their words, who incite violence toward gays. Just last Sunday, a young woman in Lincoln, NE, was tied up and had words sliced into her body by three men because she is gay. All it takes is one nut job (or 3 in this instance) to take what you say as an "ok" to harm another individual. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/23/us-usa-crime-anti-gay-idUSBRE86M12E20120723 That's what homophobia does people, it not only divides, it can be used as a basis to hurt others ... and sometimes kills (Mathew Shepard, for one). Every time someone opens his or her mouth and spouts intolerance and hate, it has the potential to lead to violence.
Rob Melvin July 29, 2012 at 03:59 PM
The bottom line is that it really doesn't matter how people feel about gay marriage. Ultimately, it will be left to the U.S. Supreme Court to determine the constitutionality of states providing legal (and financial) benefits to married heterosexual couples, while denying them to same-sex couples (and their children). If one takes religion out of the argument, it's pure discrimination against a segment of the population, plain and simple. Hence, it's only a matter of time before the six states (and Washington D.C.) that recognize gay marriage are joined by the others. As far as I know, states like Massachusetts and Iowa have not descended into chaos or been torn asunder by an angry God because they allow gay marriage ... and I've not read about anyone wanting to marry his or pet goat or sibling as a result (although there's probably some idiot out there who wants to - but that has nothing to do with allowing gay marriage).
Bob July 31, 2012 at 02:41 PM
What has Chick-Fil-A done that is discriminatory? The CEO spoke his beliefs but never said gays weren't allowed or would be treated unjustly. In fact, he said all would be treated with respect, or something to that effect.
Rob Melvin July 31, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Chick-Fil-A has to abide by federal and state civil rights acts, and those include anti-discrimination laws. So, technically, it would be illegal for his company to refuse service for gays dining at Chick-Fil-A. Now if those laws didn't exist, who is to say he wouldn't? Mr. Cathy is entitled to his personal beliefs, we all are. What is discriminatory is his company funneling millions (via WinShape) into political groups with specific anti-gay agendas. For the list, see http://equalitymatters.org/factcheck/201207020001 To those who are not personally affected, it's merely a chicken sandwich (so, what's the big deal right?) To those who are gay or have gay friends, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, etc., it is a big deal knowing that some of the money for that chicken sandwich is going to organizations that want to keep these people classified as "less than", and to prevent same-sex couples and their families from receiving some of the 1,100+ federal benefits entitled to married couples. See http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/an-overview-of-federal-rights-and-protections-granted-to-married-couples So while Mr. Cathy claims everyone is welcome at Chick-Fil-A, behind the scenes his "charitable" organization is sending a different message.

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