CSU’s Jim Blanchard Leadership Honors Dan Cathy with 9th Annual Blanchard Award for Outstanding Stewardship and Ethics in Business
COLUMBUS, Ga. — Chick-fil-A Chairman and Chief Executive Officer received the 9th Annual Blanchard Award for Outstanding Stewardship and Ethics in Business Monday night at the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum, hosted by the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University.
The Blanchard Award recipient is selected annually by a committee led by William R. “Billy” Blanchard, director, JBA Capital, LLC, and presented during the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum.
“Dan has preserved and enhanced one of the nation’s most powerful corporate cultures in his company, exemplified by the decision to remain closed on Sunday,” said Billy Blanchard. “It is my honor to present him the 2017 Blanchard Award for Outstanding Stewardship and Ethics in Business.”
Under Cathy’s leadership, Chick-fil-A has experienced tremendous growth, not just in numbers of restaurants and sales, but also geographically, with the opening of restaurants in Los Angeles, downtown Chicago and Manhattan.
In addition to his focus on growth, Cathy is also a key figure in championing digital expansion through development of the restaurant’s mobile app, which held a notable reign as the most downloaded app on iTunes with more than 4 million downloads in its first three days.
Established in 2009, The Blanchard Award for Outstanding Stewardship and Ethics in Business recognizes outstanding stewards of business ethics and corporate responsibility for success in these areas. The award’s symbol—and Georgia state tree—the live oak, is a perennial and universal symbol of rectitude.
Past recipients include:
- James H. Blanchard, 2009
- Franklin Skinner, 2010
- Ray C. Anderson, 2011
- William B. Turner, 2012
- Robert S. Jepson Jr., 2013
- Thomas G. Cousins, 2014
- Daniel P. Amos, 2015
- Henry “Hank” M. Huckaby, 2016
About Leadership Institute at Columbus State University
The Leadership Institute at Columbus State University is a university-based consulting group that provides expertise and training in leadership development, team building, assessments, executive coaching and strategic planning. Founded in 2005, the Leadership Institute has worked with more than 200 organizations and helped develop thousands of leaders. For more information on how we can help your business or organization, visit www.ColumbusState.edu/Leadership.
About Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum
Founded in 2005, The Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum, hosted by the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University, is the premier leadership event in the region and offers an intimate setting with some of the world's foremost leaders. Held annually during the last Monday and Tuesday in August, the event draws more than 1,200 attendees. The forum is named in honor of Jim Blanchard, the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Synovus Financial Corp., which is headquartered in Columbus. For more information, visit www.jblf.org.