No. 5 Don Fox
CEO, Firehouse Subs
Not everything was smoking for the silverhaired Fox in 2011. The chain lost a trademark suit with a Myrtle Beach, S.C., restaurant called Calli Baker’s Firehouse Bar & Grill. But when you’ve just signed an agreement to double your base to more than 800 locations, including some in Puerto Rico, it’s hard to complain.
Fox keep the heat on Firehouse's perations and also serves on the Fast Casual Industry Council; he is is currently next in line as council chair. He plays trumpet and keeps up his work as an amateur
He’s even published a book, “Patton’s Vanguard,” about the United States Army Fourth Armored Division. But Fox wouldn’t be on the list if it weren’t for his dedication to Firehouse Subs and the
segment it represents.