Adam joined Eatzi’s as its CEO in May 2011 to lead the company’s strategic expansion efforts. He previously served as the Company’s CFO from 1996 to 1999. A University of Texas at Austin alumnus, he began his career with KPMG, ultimately specializing in their Retail Practice Group. Adam then spent nine years with Brinker International (Chili’s Grill and Bar, Maggiano’s) in a series of financial positions, ultimately as the CFO of Eatzi’s Market & Bakery.
As a seasoned financial executive, Adam’s diverse career includes leadership roles with both multi-billion and emerging growth companies. In addition to his extensive experience with restaurant and retail companies, his broad based background includes technology, e-commerce, and the international logistics industries. He has worked for companies based in California, New York, and traveled extensively to work with clients in Europe, South America, and Asia.
Adam serves as a director on the board of Hunger Busters. This charitable organization produces and donates almost 200,000 meals annually in its “Feed the Need” after-school program here in Dallas. This committed support to the local community helps ensure these children don’t go to bed hungry!
Adam was recognized in Nation’s Restaurant News, Reader’s Pick – 2015 Power List, The Most Powerful People in Foodservice.
Philip J. Romano is an investor, entrepreneur, artist and nationally-renowned restaurateur. Involved in the restaurant business for over forty years, in the course of his career, he has created over twenty-five concepts, including Fuddruckers, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Spageddies, Cozymel’s, Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ and Eatzi’s Market & Bakery.
Some of his many awards and accomplishments include the following:
- Nation’s Restaurant News – Top 20 restaurateurs in the year 2000
- Nation’s Restaurant News – 1995 Innovator of the Year
- Nation’s Restaurant News – 1995 Hot Concept of the Year” award for Cozymel’s and in 1996 for Eatzi’s Market & Bakery
- Advertising Age’s – The top 100 innovative and inspiring marketers who have most successfully established or repositioned a brand
- Sullivan College – 1998 Great American Restaurateur Award
- Dallas Business Hall of Fame
- Texas Business Hall of Fame
- The AJC Dallas Human Relations Award
Romano currently owns and operates the following restaurant concepts: eatZi’s Market & Bakery, Nick & Sam’s Steak & Fish House, Nick & Sam’s Grill and Coal Vines Pizza. He and his family established a charitable foundation, Hunger Busters, providing food to the hungry and serves over 160,000 hungry schoolchildren in Dallas. Romano currently serves on the Board of the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.
Romano has recently created Trinity Groves, approximately 90 acres at the foot of the Calatrava Bridge in Dallas. The first fifteen acres will be a restaurant concept incubator. Its purpose is to create brands and induce entrepreneurs to start businesses and create jobs and tax revenue for the city of Dallas.