The King Of Darden Leaves Other Restaurants A-Smartin’!

Clarence Otis Jr.
Clarence Otis Jr.

In Today’s EURThisNThat we focus on a little known fact. Though our fearless editorial leaders to tend to be on the cusp of all that is known in the black universe, even they were taken aback when a friend of our humble publication brought this to our attention.

In other words, we’re on the late-freight somewhat, but that’s OK ’cause it’s our pleasure to give this brother the attention he deserves.

Have you ever heard of a gentleman by the name of Clarence Otis, Jr? Neither had we prior to 48 hours ago. He is CEO of Darden Restaurants Inc., the largest casual dining operator in the nation.

The firm operates nearly 1,400 company-owned restaurants coast to coast serving 300 million meals annually. Some of those outlets includes brands such as Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille and Bahama Breeze among others. Darden employs 180,000 workers and has annual revenues of $6 billion.

While that’s all Kool And The Gang, what we didn’t know was this Vicksburg, Mississippi born, Watts, California raised man was black, either. Not that we’re shocked given who’s in the White House these days, but that’s just something else for the young and impoverished of America to aim for. … and they need all the role models they can get.

A high school guidance counselor recommended him for a scholarship at Williams College, a darn near Ivy League liberal arts school in Massachusetts, where he graduated Phi Beta Kapp and went on to earn a law degree at Stanford. Afterwards Otis answered the call of the white-collar wild, landing on Wall Street as a merger and acquisitions attorney for J.P. Morgan Securities.

Mr. Otis joined Darden Restaurants in 1995 as corporate treasurer. He became CEO in 2004. He was interviewed for a New York Times article back in June and was featured in Forbes magazine as well as on PBS. While he may not be an answer on Jeopardy anytime soon, his achievements are nothing to sneeze at. Bottom Line: This brother is one baaad dude!

If you want to be peep out the article your links awaits your majesties:

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NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/07/business/07corner.html

Forbes profile: http://people.forbes.com/profile/clarence-otis/25167

PBS: http://www.pbs.org/wttw/ceoexchange/episodes/ceo_cotis.html

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