Elliot Group’s 2022 Winners of the “Legends & Leaders” Awards


The Elliot Group, a leading executive search firm that harnesses people and strategic advice to drive business forward, today announced the winners of the Elliot Awards, which will be celebrated in June at a gala in New York in the famous Cipriani South Street.

Illustrating “courageous behavior,” this group of winners will be honored for their exemplary leadership, innovative brand building, and impactful advice for the next generation of leaders.

For more than 25 years, The Elliot Group has honored outstanding leaders for their success in building world-class brands through innovation and inspiration. The Elliot Awards have a rich history of meaningful recognition of both longtime leaders with decades of impact, as well as emerging executives well on their way to groundbreaking business ventures. Past winners include: Tim McEnery, CEO of Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants; Andy Pforzheimer and Sasa Mahr-Batuz, co-founders, Barteca; Gail Simmons, culinary and Excellent chef judge; Greg Dollarhyde, Founder, Director and Investor; and Patrick Doyle, former CEO of Domino’s Pizza.

“One of our founding principles is the belief in building and nurturing real, genuine and caring relationships with leaders in the industries we serve,” said Alice Elliot, Founder and CEO of The Elliot Group. “We are proud to present some of the best leaders with the Elliot Awards and honor those who exemplify courageous behavior in business and in life.”

The 2022 winners include:

Lauren Bailey, CEO and Co-Founder, Upward Projects

The TrueTrep Award
The TrueTrep Award recognizes entrepreneurs who have successfully built a brand with inventive vision, relentless persistence, and a focus on purpose and people. Celebrating the true calling of an entrepreneur, the TrueTrep Award celebrates those who started with an idea, then took risks, broke molds, and worked tirelessly with others to create unique value.

Bailey is a creative powerhouse and master strategist who focuses on conceptualizing and developing 18 restaurants and five brands spanning three states. Postino, Windsor, Churn, Federal Pizza and Joyride Taco House are all known for their unique chef-led menus, differentiated cultures and commitment to community. Bailey sits on numerous nonprofit boards and advises the Entrepreneurs Organization and Colangelo College of Business at Grand Canyon University.

Noah Glass, Founder and CEO, Olo

The Renaissance Prize
The Renaissance Award recognizes leaders who have masterfully combined the art and science of leadership to successfully develop distinctive paths in business. Using diverse skill sets and mental models, winners exhibit a range of business acumen paired with passionate leadership to successfully launch products, services or brands that disrupt the status quo.

Glass is an industry visionary who founded Olo in 2005 and has since grown the brand into the leading on-demand commerce platform driving the digital transformation of the restaurant industry. Thanks to both technological development and the defense of partner restaurants, Olo now serves more than 500 brands. The company staged a successful IPO in March 2021, raising $450 million to fund its future growth. Glass serves on the board of directors of Portillo’s and Share Our Strength, as well as a director of the Culinary Institute of America.

David Overton, Founder and CEO, The Cheesecake Factory

The Heritage Prize
The Legacy Award honors excellence in leadership, lifetime achievement and contributions of exceptional significance. The recipients have exemplified innovation, dedication, engagement and guidance from others to drive strong growth not just for a brand, but for the teams that share in that success, from the C-suite to the frontline.

Through vision, culinary creativity and commitment to excellence, Overton has helped develop some of the highest standards in casual dining. He pioneered the “upscale casual” segment by founding and opening the first The Cheesecake Factory restaurant in Beverly Hills in 1978. Under Overton’s leadership, the brand has since grown to more than 200 locations. in the United States and Canada, while maintaining the highest sales volumes in the industry, averaging $11.1 million per restaurant. Believing that creativity is key to its success, Overton appreciates every aspect of restaurant development, from location to décor to menu design. Always giving back, Overton established a charitable foundation with beneficiaries including the City of Hope and the Salvation Army.

Regynald Washington, President and CEO, RGW Enterprises

The Impact Award
The Impact Award, presented by the Elliot Leadership Institute, recognizes a leader who has selflessly focused on giving back and serving future generations as an advocate and advisor. Laureates have built personal and professional legacies by providing inclusive opportunities to advance others and by providing impactful advice to help people, communities, industries and the world.

Throughout a long and distinguished career with executive positions at Paradies Lagardère and the Walt Disney Company, Washington has never lost sight of paying it back through philanthropy, education and board service. Over decades of service to students, emerging leaders, and the entire hospitality industry, donated $1 million for endowment and scholarships to Georgia State University’s Hospitality School, was named Conti Lifetime Professor at the School of Hospitality Management at Pennsylvania State University. , has served as President of the National Restaurant Association and has held numerous positions within the Georgia Restaurant Association, and has used his visibility in the industry to consistently support others and encourage the practice of leadership through dignity and generosity.

About Elliot Group:
The Elliot Group is a leading executive search firm that harnesses human connections and strategic advice to propel companies forward. Focusing on the consumer and service sectors, including hospitality, restaurants, franchising, fitness, wellness and retail, The Elliot Group is retained by private equity firms and public and private companies of all sizes. The company places leadership talent at all levels of board, executive, vice president and executive, and carries out projects such as talent benchmarking, pre-M&A talent consulting and succession planning. By leveraging informed intuition and cultural and business intelligence, The Elliot Group successfully connects talent and business in ways that unlock growth and realize the future. For more information about The Elliot Group, visit www.theelliotgroup.com.

About the Elliot Leadership Institute
The Elliot Leadership Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting courageous behavior among leaders who seek to positively affect and advance communities, industries, and the future of people. companies. Through collaboration, education, and inspiration, the Elliot Leadership Institute serves influential executives who embark on a journey of professional and personal development focused on conscious leadership, diversity, equity, and leadership. inclusion, local action and global impact.


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