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Bubba Cathy

  • “Chick-fil-A began as a pleasant place for family dining through Truett Cathy's first restaurant, called the 'Dwarf House®". While our expansion into new concepts has led to a convenience-style environment catering to a more diverse base of customers, preserving the Chick-fil-A Dwarf House heritage and all it represents continues to be important to us today. As a result, we envision the continued evolution of our family dining concept to include an innovative new 'family cafe' approach.”

    Don M. "Bubba" Cathy is executive vice president of Chick-fil-A, Inc. and president of Dwarf House, Inc. Chick-fil-A is one of the largest privately-held restaurant chains in the country with more than 1,850 restaurants. Mr. Cathy is responsible for the administration of the Dwarf House and Truett's Grill concepts which presently operate 16 locations in metro Atlanta. As a family dining concept for Chick-fil-A, the full-service Dwarf House and Truett’s Grill restaurants offer table and counter waitress service, self-service dining and a drive-thru window.

    Mr. Cathy oversees "WinShape Homes®, long-term foster homes, WinShape Wilderness, a team building program, and WinShape Retreat, a marriage enrichment center. Mr. Cathy remembers working at the original (Hapeville) Dwarf House at the age of seven singing jingles and later, while attending school, working in various restaurants. He joined the Chick-fil-A, Inc. corporate office staff in January of 1976 as a construction apprentice, operated a Chick-fil-A mall Restaurant for four years, and worked in several corporate positions before being named a senior vice president of Chick-fil-A, Inc. in 1995. 

    Mr. Cathy graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, with a bachelor of science degree in marketing.

    Mr. Cathy is a member of the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro where he teaches a newlywed Bible study class with his wife. He is married to the former Cindy Kirkland and they have six children: Mark, James, Rachel, Seth, Luke and Matthew and five grandchildren