Adam Romo, CEO of Eatzi’s Market & Bakery, is a seasoned financial executive with more than 25 years’ experience in the retail and restaurant industries. Throughout this career, he has held leadership roles with both established, multibillion dollar companies and emerging, growth brands.
Upon graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, Romo began his career with KPMG LLP, an international accounting firm, ultimately specializing in its Retail Practice Group. After seven years in public accounting, Romo joined Brinker International where he worked with world-class leaders such as Norman Brinker, Phil Romano and Doug Brooks. There he held a series of financial leadership positions for national restaurant brands such as Chili’s Grill & Bar and Romano’s Macaroni Grill.
In 1996, Romo joined Phil Romano as the CFO of Eatzi’s Market & Bakery. After three years with the brand, Romo moved to Los Angeles to work for a pre-IPO, multi-media technology start-up. In May 2011, Romo joined Eatzi’s once again, this time to lead the company’s strategic expansion efforts as CEO. Since then, he has been instrumental in the growth and success of the concept. As a result, the company opened its sixth store in October 2017. In today’s data-driven economy, Romo credits his strong financial and analytical foundation as a key contributor to the company’s success.
Recognized for his success with the Eatzi’s brand, Romo was named one of the Most Powerful People in Food Service in 2015 and appeared on the Reader’s Picks Power List in 2017, both by Nation’s Restaurant News. Additionally, in 2018 he was named one of the Dallas Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs.
Passionate about fighting hunger, Romo currently serves on the board of directors for Hunger Busters, a charitable organization committed to feeding local children in need.
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.