|For Immediate Release
March 12, 2015
Manassas, VA– S. Truett Cathy, Founder of Chick-fil-A, is the recipient of the 2015 NRB Board of Directors Award.
The NRB Board of Directors Award honors a Christian who demonstrates integrity, displays creativity, and makes a significant impact on society. In recognition that broadcasting is not the only way to witness to the power of the Gospel, the award recipient may or may not be in the field of electronic communications.
S. Truett Cathy was an American entrepreneur, the founder of Chick-fil-A, and a Christian who always put his faith first.
“Allowing his faith to infuse his business, Truett Cathy built a hugely successful franchise,” remarked Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, NRB President & CEO. “He didn’t compromise his biblical principles, but recognized that faith affects all aspects of life.”
Cathy founded Chick-fil-A in the 1960s, and is credited not only with inventing Chick-fil-A's boneless chicken breast sandwich but also with pioneering the establishment of restaurants in shopping malls. The combination was a recipe for success. In 2013, Chick-fil-A achieved $5 billion in domestic annual sales.
Cathy’s business success was often attributed to his strong character built upon his unwavering Christian faith. For more than 50 years, he was a member of First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, GA, and taught Sunday school there. He also openly applied his Christian beliefs to his business practices: Chick-fil-A restaurants observe a “Closed-on-Sunday” policy, without exception, and the chain has granted $32 million in scholarships to its employees.
In 1985, Cathy initiated the WinShape Foundation. The foundation provides Berry College students with leadership training and scholarship opportunities, and has established 13 foster care homes, family summer camps, and a multi-use facility, which hosts marriage-enrichment retreats, business and church-related conferences, and a summer camp for girls.
As part of his legacy, Cathy also authored five inspirational and informative books, and co-authored another.
In September 2014, at age 93, Cathy went home to be with the Lord. His public funeral was held at the First Baptist Church, the very same church he had attended for more than 50 years.
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