Chairman & CEO, Specialty Restaurants Corporation

By Koren Wetmore |

John Tallichet is no stranger to crisis. Just as he was finishing his Haas degree, his father was diagnosed with cancer. The elder Tallichet had founded Specialty Restaurants Corporation, of which John was serving as president. When his father died a year later, Tallichet became CEO—just as the nation was heading toward a recession.

It was challenging, but I was confident I had the tools to take the company to the next level,” he says. “I don’t think I would have had that same confidence if I hadn’t been to Haas.”

SRC is a pioneer in the themed restaurant industry, and Tallichet, who started out as a restaurant “salad boy,” today oversees the corporation’s 18 eateries nationwide as well as its real estate and aviation divisions…

——- Published in BerkeleyHaas magazine