No. 14: Alan Hixon
Since being appointed in 2009, Hixon has watched his better-burger, fast casual concept make the Fast Casual Top 100 multiple times, from a No. 1 appearance in 2009 to the No. 4 spot in 2011.
Though still small-ish in terms of chain size (24 locations in Texas, three outside of Texas and another 18 in development), it's nonetheless emerged as a potentially strong competitor against the likes of In-and-Out, Smashburger and Five Guys. "Our new agreements are not just franchising for franchising's sake. We are a brand that is quickly moving into the national spotlight with a clear purpose and better menu," he told FastCasual.com. "It's an exciting time to be in the burger business."