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Zach McLeroy, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board
Zach is our one and only. He’s been our one and only CEO since the Zaxby’s concept began. In fact, he and childhood friend Tony Townley dreamed up Zaxby’s in the first place. The two came up with the idea for an upbeat, fun, relaxing place that served terrific chicken. Now, more than a decade later, the chain is flourishing and poised to grow beyond anyone’s expectations. And it’s Zach’s vision that keeps us on that phenomenal growth track today.
Passionately committed to this vision, Zach even put his burgeoning music career on hold, selling his beloved drum set in order to open the first store. As more and more Zaxby’s fans are won over every day, we can be grateful that Zach traded in one set of drumsticks for another. Zach is a stockholder in more than 70 Zaxby’s restaurants.
An Athens, Georgia, native, Zach is also an alumnus of the University of Georgia in Athens. When he isn’t evangelizing for Zaxby’s, he’s relaxing with his wife and three children. He also loves hitting the links and the slopes. Asked to pick his absolute favorite Zaxby’s menu item, he hesitates like a man asked to choose his favorite child. "Since I have to approve every single item," he says, "I like it all. But if I have to pick, I’d go with the Kickin’ Chicken Sandwich, because anything messy is usually good."