Tim Gannon

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Tim Gannon
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Polo player and business man Tim Gannon
Born
John Timothy Gannon

United States
OccupationBusinessman, entrepreneur
Known forCo-founder Outback Steakhouse restaurant chain and others

Tim Gannon is an American businessman and polo player.

Early life[edit]

Tim Gannon graduated from Florida State University, with a degree in Art History.[1]

Career[edit]

Gannon started his career at the Four Seasons Hotel, Steak & Ale and Al Copeland's Cajun Cafe in New Orleans.[1][2] From 1984 to 1987, he served as Vice President and Director of Development of Al Copeland Enterprises.[3] In 1988, he co-founded Outback Steakhouse.[1][2] In 2006, he created OSI Restaurant Partners, which operates Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Roy's Restaurant and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.[1][2] He sits on the Advisory Board of Thayer Ventures.[1][2]

In 1994, Inc. named him Entrepreneur of the Year.[1][2] He is the recipient of the Florida Restaurant Association's Lifetime Achievement Award and an honorary doctorate from Johnson & Wales University.[1][2] He was inducted in the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame.[1][2]

Polo[edit]

Gannon sponsors the Outback Polo Team.[4] He has won three U.S. Open Polo Championship, in 1995 (with Julio Arellano, Sebastian Merlos and Guillermo Gracida, Jr.), 1996 (with Valerio Aguilar, Mike Azzaro, Jeff Blake and Guillermo Gracida, Jr.) and 1999 (with Jeff Blake, Adolfo Cambiaso and Lolo Castagnola).[5][6][7] In 2013, he was inducted into the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame in Lake Worth, Florida.[6]

His son, Chris Gannon, is also a polo player. In recent year,[when?] his son opened a chain of fast-casual dining restaurants across Florida that feature gluten-free and vegan options named Bolay.[8][9][10][11] His Outback Polo Team, whose other players include Adolfo Cambiaso, Fabio Diniz, Santiago Chavanne, won the U.S. Open Polo Championship in 2001.[7][10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h BusinessWeek
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Thayer Ventures biography
  3. ^ OSI Restaurant Partners biography
  4. ^ Horace A. Laffaye, Polo in the United States: A History, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co., 2011, pp. 221, 275, 277, 313
  5. ^ Horace A. Laffaye, Polo in the United States: A History, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co., 2011, p. 278
  6. ^ a b Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame: 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
  7. ^ a b Hurlingham Media: U.S. Open Polo Championship Archived 2014-03-21 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Our Story". Backstory of Bolay Inspiration from Tim Gannon. Bolay.
  9. ^ Horace A. Laffaye, Polo in the United States: A History, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co., 2011, pp. 260, 313
  10. ^ a b G2 International biography
  11. ^ a b Patrick David Columbia, Casa Casuarina's Miami Beach Polo World Cup, New York Social Diary