Samuel Truett Cathy 1921-2014

Introduction: Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A has surpassed the ethical business standards presented by society by founding the WinShape program, following the Second Mile Service, and standing firm in its position in controversial topics.

  • S. Truett Cathy was born in 1921 in Eatonton, Georgia to a family of seven children.
  • Over 1,300 quick service restaurants in 37 states and Washington, D.C.
  • In 1946 the Cathys opened up a small restaurant that contained a service counter with 10 stools and four tables. The small location was appropriately named the Dwarf Grill (later named the Dwarf House).
  • In 1967 Truett opened his first Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant.
  • 1964 Truett made the recipe for the chicken sandwich.
  • Symbol of Success Incentive Program
  • Chick-Fil-A’s corporate purpose
  • Giving back
  • Won the William E. Simon Prize and the Presidential Volunteer Service Award in 2008.
  • Cathy was a committed philanthropist dedicated to making a difference in the lives of youth
  • He was a recipient for countless awards over the years, both for his business acumen and for his charity.
Ethical Components
  • WinShape.
  • Second Mile Service: they go above and beyond what is it expected of the typical employer.
  • Same Sex Marriage Controversy- Although many do not view this is an ethical situation, Cathy stood strong in his beliefs and the way he addressed this issue was ethical.
  • WinShape stated that it would not allow same-sex couples to participate in its marriage retreats.
  • Due to the $8 million donation from Truett to WinShape, this did not reflect well on Chick-fil-a.
  • Cathy responds "Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.
Biblical Integration
  • Genesis 2:3
  • Mark 12:31
  • 1 Peter 3:15
  • Matthew 5:41
  • Truett Cathy has a successful businessmen and influential person.
  • He expressed and showed good ethics through his moral beliefs and investments
  1. Do you think Truett Cathy made a wise business decision with his public stance on marriage?
  2. What is your favorite meal?
  3. Do you have any questions for us?
  • References
  • Truett Cathy: Brizek, M. G., Partlow, C. G., & Nguyen, L. ". (2007). S. Truett Cathy: From Young Entrepreneur to a Foodservice Industry Leader. Journal Of Hospitality & Tourism Education, 19(4), 7-10.
In Honor of Truett Cathy


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