The Mad Entrepreneur

Who:

Phil Romano
American restaurateur, entrepreneur, and philanthropist

When:

8/21/2019
6:45 am - 9:00 am

Where:

Clubs of Prestonwood – The Creek
15909 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75248

Philip J. Romano
Romano Enterprises

  • Every business must have a purpose.
  • Make people happy by giving them what they want.
  • The concept is more important than the money.
  • If I didn’t do what people told me not to do, I wouldn’t be where I am.

You may not have met Philip J. Romano — but if you’ve ever dined at Romano’s Macaroni Grill, picked up dinner at eatZi’s, or met friends at a hot new restaurant in Dallas’s Trinity Groves, you have been impacted by his work. An incredibly successful restaurateur, Romano has created over 25 restaurant concepts. As if that wasn’t not enough, he is also an accomplished fine artist with a gallery in Dallas, a principal investor in the original medical stent, and an author, whose first book, Food for Thought, made the CEO Bestseller List. His newest book, The Mad Entrepreneur, shares his life lessons and secrets for success. At the August meeting of Success North Dallas, he will talk with us about how he transformed his ideas into nationally renowned businesses. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to hear from a leading restaurateur and entrepreneur. Plus, stay after the meeting for a bonus session with Scott B. Walker, Blockchain for Dummies. See you there!

 

Bonus Session: 

“Blockchain for Dummies”
Scott B. Walker
Owner, BillMatrix Corporation

  • Understanding Block Chain
  • Beyond Cryptocurrency: Block Chain’s Future Impact for Business
  • True Next Generation Supply Chain Solutions for Business
  • Elimination of Fraudulent Goods and Transactions
  • Enhancing Consumer Confidence and Satisfaction in the Marketplace

 

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Philip J. Romano

Philip J. Romano is an investor, entrepreneur, artist and nationally-renowned restaurateur. Involved in the restaurant business for over fifty years, he has created over 25 concepts, six of which are national enterprises: Fuddruckers, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Spageddies, Cozymel’s, Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ and eatZi’s Market & Bakery. Romano currently owns and operates eatZi’s Market & Bakery, Nick & Sam’s Steak & Fish House, Nick & Sam’s Grill and Coal Vines Pizza.

Romano’s creativity expands beyond restaurants, to art. He began painting 30 years ago and never sold a piece of art until 2008. To date, he has sold over $1 million of his own artwork. He partnered with Reflectionist Movement Artist, JD Miller of Dallas, in opening Samuel Lynne Galleries. The Galleries feature both Romano’s and Miller’s works, along with an ever-expanding list of additional artists, with a focusing on art of the 21st century.

He was principal in EGP, a partnership that held the licensing rights to the Palmaz-Schatz Stent, purchased by Johnson & Johnson, Inc. It is said to be one of the most successful medical devices of its time and is considered one of the patents that has changed the world. This was the original stent, and the business has become a $6 billion-per-year industry.

Philip Romano and his family established a charitable foundation, The Food Foundation, which operates as Hunger Busters and has been in operation for 16 years. Hunger Busters provides food to the hungry and serves over 450,000 meals per year to school children in Dallas.

Romano’s latest venture is Trinity Groves, comprising approximately 90 acres at the foot of the Calatrava Bridge in Dallas. Fifteen of those acres are devoted to a restaurant concept incubator, which creates brands for millennials, induces entrepreneurs to start businesses, and creates jobs and tax revenue for the city of Dallas.

Philip Romano’s most recent concept is the Network Bar – a “first of its kind,” members-only establishment where people can network, connect, socialize, have dinner and do business, all in the same place. The Network Bar opened in October 2017 in Trinity Groves.

Romano wrote his first book, entitled Food for Thought, in 2005, making the CEO Best Sellers List. His latest book, The MAD Entrepreneur, was released in March 2019, and shares his secrets to success, how he took ideas and turned them into nationally-recognized businesses, and insights into how he’s making a difference in business and in life.

A native of New York State, Mr. Romano presently resides in Dallas, Texas.

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Scott B. Walker

Scott B. Walker is a recognized serial entrepreneur and operator.  Mr. Walker is largely credited for creating the electronic biller-direct industry. His company, BillMatrix Corporation, was the leading provider of outsourced electronic payment solutions for major utilities, telecommunications companies, and insurance and loan providers. Beginning in 1999, the company experienced explosive growth, eventually processing over $9 billion in annual bill payments. The company’s success was validated with an acquisition in August 2005 by Fiserv, Inc., a Fortune 500 company and prominent provider of information management systems and services to the financial industry, for $350 million.

Mr. Walker plays an active role in a number of national industry organizations and financial groups. He is widely known and well regarded for his perspective on the payments sector and his comprehensive understanding of technology innovations that are shaping the way consumers and businesses manage their data and financial resources.

In 2006, Mr. Walker won the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® award in the Southwest Region for the Services category. Mr. Walker was awarded the 2006 Pinnacle Award from the Sales & Marketing Executives International Academy of Achievement and indoctrinated into its Hall of Fame. In 2003, he earned the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from Thunderbird, and in 2011, he received the Distinguished Executive Alumnus Award from the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.

Mr. Walker’s story is illustrated in the seventh, eighth, and ninth editions of “Entrepreneurship,” (Hisrich, Peters, Shepherd) the primary textbook used to teach entrepreneurship skills to undergraduate and graduate business students globally. This educational textbook has been translated in over 11 languages.  Other published articles include:

“Life After an Exit,” Case Study No 6; Credit Suisse White Paper 03; 2011

“Distinguished Alumnus Award,” Huntsman Alumni Magazine; October 2011

“Vision,” Huntsman Alumni Magazine; October 2010

“Are You an Entrepreneurial Thinker?” Cox Today; October 2010

“Dallas Maverick,” Thunderbird Magazine; October 2008