Tim Gannon, Outback Steakhouse® Co-Founder, Joins the Original SoupMan Team
06/18/2012 – NEW YORK (Business Wire) – SoupMan, Inc. (OTCBB: SOUP) announced today that J. Timothy Gannon, a co-founder of Outback Steakhouse, Inc., has joined The Original SoupMan®, to serve as an member of the Board of Directors of SoupMan, Inc., as well as lead its Business and Culinary Development.
Tim Gannon brings a wealth of industry leadership to The Original SoupMan. At Outback Steakhouse, Inc., he developed the iconic “Bloomin’ Onion” recipe which is approaching $1 billion in sales, and was one of the key executives responsible for its growth to 1,400 restaurants today in 28 countries and over $3.5 billion on annual sales.
In 1994, Inc. Magazine named Tim Gannon “Entrepreneur of the Year”. In 1999, The Florida Restaurant Association honored him with its “Lifetime Achievement Award”. In 2009, Gannon was inducted into the U.S. Business Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame. In 2011, he launched “Kettle Comfort, Cooking for America” based in West Palm Beach which is Chef-inspired food that is delivered to thousands of hungry or nutrition deprived people each day.
“When you want to win it all you need the right players on the team. Bringing Tim Gannon’s talent, leadership and experience to team SOUP is amazing. He is a winner and I’m excited to work with him”, announced Shaquille O’Neal, SoupMan partner and brand champion. He continued, “It is another strategic step in the continued growth of Soupman and our national expansion plans”
“I am thrilled to embark on the next chapter of my career with the team at Original SoupMan,” said Tim Gannon, “SoupMan’s iconic brand, and best of breed product provide the perfect platform to continue with my passion for developing food brands.” Gannon continued,” I intend to leverage my experience in building the multi-billion dollar Outback Steakhouse brand with SoupMan’s multi-channel sales strategy, and look forward to moving from one great kitchen to another.”
Mr. Gannon will play a pivotal role in all aspects of R&D, procurement, culinary development, creative oversight, and franchise development of The Original SoupMan.
“I am pleased to welcome Mr. Gannon’s to both our Board of Directors, as well as our executive management team,” said Arnold Casale, CEO, SoupMan, Inc. “We expect Tim’s unique culinary passion and industry acumen to prove invaluable as we build out The Original SoupMan brand nationally.”
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