Kent Taylor is the founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Texas Roadhouse restaurants. Mr. Taylor, who has more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry, opened the first Texas Roadhouse in Clarksville, Indiana, in 1993.
Since 1993, the Louisville-based company, which has grown to more than 470 locations in 49 states and three countries, has system-wide revenues of $1.5 billion. The company, which went public in 2004 and trades on the NASDAQ under the symbol TXRH, opened its first international location in 2011.
Mr. Taylor has received a number of accolades recently. In addition to being a member of the Kentucky Business Hall of Fame, he was named a Golden Chain Winner and 2014 Operator of the Year by Nation’s Restaurant News. Texas Roadhouse was also named Employee’s Choice Best Places to work by Glassdoor, and in 2012 Texas Roadhouse was named Top Steakhouse in the Nation’s Restaurant News’ Consumer Picks survey. In 2007 and 2008 Forbes magazine ranked the company as one of the 200 Best Small Companies, and in 2009 the company was ranked “Best Value” by readers of Consumer Reports magazine.
A Louisville native, Mr. Taylor attended the University of North Carolina on a track scholarship, and he earned a Bachelor of Science degree.
After stints with KFC, Bennigan’s, and Hooters of America Inc., Mr. Taylor and his partner John Y. Brown founded Buckhead Mountain Grill in Louisville 1991.
An avid skier, Mr. Taylor, enjoys the ski slopes in Colorado and Utah.
Mr. Taylor is an active supporter of a number of organizations, including School Choice, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics Kentucky and the Kentucky Nature Conservancy.