Samuel E. ‘Sandy’ Beall is Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ruby Tuesday, Inc. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (RT), and has over 900 company-owned and operated and franchised restaurants worldwide.
In 1971, while attending the University of Tennessee, Beall and college friends founded the Ruby Tuesday concept. Over the next 10 years, Beall and his team grew Ruby Tuesday to 16 units and, in 1982, opened the first L&N Seafood Grill at the World’s Fair in Knoxville.
On May 1, 1982, Morrison Incorporated acquired the Ruby Tuesday and L&N Seafood Grill concepts and named Beall President of the Specialty Division. Beall was named Executive Vice President of Morrison in 1985 and was elected President and Chief Operating Officer in 1987. He assumed the title of Chief Executive Officer in 1992 and Chairman of the Board in May 1995. In March 1996, the Board of Directors, at Beall’s recommendation, approved spinning off the two smaller operating divisions, and Ruby Tuesday, Inc. became a separate, publicly held corporation with Beall as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
In 1994, MUFSO (Multi-Unit Food Service Operators) honored Beall as Operator of the Year and presented him with the Golden Chain Award. This also marked the year Beall was named Executive of the Year by Restaurants and Institutions Magazine.
In June of 1998, Ruby Tuesday, Inc. relocated its corporate headquarters to Maryville, Tennessee.
Beall serves on the Board of Directors for Windstream Corporation and Pilot Corporation, Pilot Travel Centers, LLC. He and his wife Kreis reside in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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