DAN T. CATHY Alexandra G., Ben D., Zi Y., Haley M., Andrea R., Tyler E. ,Aradhana G.


Chairman, President and CEO of Chick-fil-A

Net worth is $3.5 billion (June 2015)

March 1,1953 (age 63)

Atlanta, Georgia, US (Residence)

Why Dan Cathy?

  • Dan Cathy stands up for his Judeo-Christian principals
  • Servant Leader
  • “Selfless, servant leadership is about action, and the bottom line is that what we say and what we believe will only be as effective as what we are also willing to do.”
  • Community Leader

Early Life

  • Daniel T. Cathy was born in on March 1, 1953 to S. Truett Cathy and Jeannette McNeil Cathy in Jonesboro, GA.
  • He has two younger siblings named Don "Bubba" Cathy and Trudy Cathy White.
  • Dan has been involved with Chick-fil-A since he was very young.
"I've been a 'lifer' with this family business called Chick-fil-A since nine months before I was born."
  • As a young child his father would bring him to his restaurant and have them scrape chewing gum of the underpart of the table as well as entertain guests with side-table songs.
  • His father inspired him to go into the food business because through him he realized that this type of business was not just about the food but about relationships with people and customer service.

His Leadership Skills

Repetition is the mother of all learning.
Repetition yields constants. Constants create cultures


  • He is a servant leader
  • He has focused on customer service and the people
  • Second-mile service

His Engagement in Controversial Topics

  • His views on same-sex marriage
  • Investment in employees views and beliefs

His Biblical Worldview

  • Matthew 5:41: Second Mile Service
  • Doesn’t claim to be Christian business
  • James 1:5: CFA success and Biblical worldview inseparable
  • Chick-Fil-A Foundation: For Youth

Any Questions?


  • Blume, K. A. (2012, July 16). 'Guilty as charged,' Cathy says of Chick-fil-A's stand on biblical & family values. Retrieved February 14, 2017, from http://www.bpnews.net/38271
  • Provides insight on relationship between Dan Cathy and his biblical worldview. Application of biblical worldview to the fast-food restaurant of Chick-Fil-A.
  • Chirico, K. (n.d.). 15 Things You Didn't Know About Chick-Fil-A. Retrieved February 20, 2017, from https://www.buzzfeed.com/kristinchirico/things-you-didnt-know-about-chick-fil-a?utm_term=.pxx6MnMXXQ#.jjPrMEMJJB
  • History. (n.d.). Retrieved February 20, 2017, from https://www.chick-fil-a.com/About/History
  • About Dan Cathy. (n.d.). Retrieved February 20, 2017, from https://www.chick-fil-a.com/Board-Officers/Board-of-Directors/Dan-Cathy
  • Miller, David W. (August 2012), Chick-fil-A and the Question of Faith in Business. Harvard Business Review. Retrieved on February 17, 2016 from https://hbr.org/2012/08/chick-fil-a-and-the-question-o


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