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Greg Flynn

Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer
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Flynn Restaurant Group and Flynn Properties

Greg Flynn is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Flynn Restaurant Group and Flynn Properties. With more than 1,250 Applebee’s, Taco Bell, Panera, and Arby's restaurants doing greater than $2.3 billion in sales and directly employing more than 48,000 people in 33 states, Flynn Restaurant Group is the largest franchise operator in the US. Flynn Properties invests in commercial properties on the West Coast and has owned and managed more than 3 million square feet since its founding in 1994; it also owns, in partnership, the luxury resorts Esperanza, located in Los Cabos, Mexico, the Carneros Resort and Solage, both located in the Napa Valley, and the Hotel Madeline in Telluride.

Greg has been recognized as one of the Bay Area’s Most Admired CEO’s by the San Francisco Business Times. He has twice been named Franchisee of the Year and three times named Operator of the Year by Applebee’s Services Inc. He was honored as Restaurant Leader of the Year by Restaurant Business Magazine and Operator of the Year by Nation's Restaurant News. He has also been recognized as Dealmaker of the Year by the Franchise Times and an Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young.

Greg has an AB Magna Cum Laude from Brown University, an MA from Yale University, and an MBA from the Stanford GSB. He serves on the board of the Exploratorium, the Brown University President’s Leadership Council, and the Applebee’s Franchise Business Council. He also serves on the Strategic Advisory Group of Goldman Sachs’ West Street Capital Partners VII and the Executive Advisory Board of Cove Hill Partners, L.P. He is a past chairman of the Golden Gate Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization.