No. 7: Kevin Miles
President and COO, Zoe's Kitchen
When Miles first strode into Birmingham,Ala.-based Zoe's Kitchen as vice president of operations in 2009, the company had only 26 units. In 2010, the number was up to 44. Now there are 56 locations in 13 states, which shows a 40-percent growth pace despite the recession.
Add that to his background as vice president of operations for Aramark and for Baja Fresh Mexican
Grill, and you have someone whose background has provided Zoe's with its secret for success