Consumer >> CEO Interviews >> February 27, 2002

Charles Way – Ryan’s Family Steak Houses Inc (ryan )

FRED T. GRANT, JR. joined Ryan's Family Steak Houses, Inc. in January 1990 as Director of Finance and was promoted to Vice President - Finance in April 1990. In October 2000, he was named Senior Vice President ' Finance. Prior to joining Ryan's, he spent nine years working at Big Five public accounting firms, leaving KPMG Peat Marwick as a Senior Audit Manager to join Ryan's. Mr. Grant worked on the Ryan's audit in addition to a variety of healthcare and US and international manufacturing clients while at KPMG Peat Marwick. Other work experience includes three years with Barnett Banks, Inc. in Florida and one year with a textile manufacturer in the Greenville, SC, area. He is a CPA and has a BA in Finance from Furman University. Profile
CHARLES D. WAY has served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ryan's Family Steak Houses, Inc. since November 1992. A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Way joined the company in June 1979 as Controller and served as Chief Financial Officer until his appointment in June 1988 to President. In October of 1989 he was also named Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Way graduated from Clemson University in 1975 with a BS in Accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the South Carolina Association of CPAs. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of World Acceptance Corporation and the Advancement Board of the College of Commerce and Industry at Clemson University. Profile
TWST: To begin, would you give us a brief historical sketch of Ryan's

Family Steak Houses and then a picture of what you are doing at the

company at the present time?

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