On the July 28th edition of PlayMakers Talk Show, our guests were:
Doug Brooks, Chairman of the Board, Brinker International
Doug Brooks currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Brinker International, whose brands include Chili’s® Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy®.
Doug earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Houston in 1975.
He joined Chili’s in February 1978 as a manager at the company’s original location on Greenville Avenue in Dallas. He rose through the ranks at Chili’s, holding numerous positions including General Manager, Area Director and Regional Vice President. Doug was named President of the brand in 1994. In January 1999, he was promoted to President and COO of Brinker International. CEO and Chairman of the Board were added to his title and responsibilities in 2004. In January 2013, Doug handed the reigns over as CEO and President while remaining active as Chairman.
Doug also serves on the board of directors for Limbs for Life Foundation, Kenny Can Foundation, Southwest Airlines, and on the professional advisory board of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Outside of the restaurant business and his community activities, Doug spends his time with his wife of more than 35 years, Holly, and their two adult sons, Taylor and Kyle.
Scott Boxer, President & CEO, Service Experts
Scott Boxer is President/Chief Executive Officer of Service Experts, North America’s largest heating and air conditioning service company with 108 offices in the U.S. and Canada. Headquartered in Richardson, Texas, Service Experts has approximately $385 million in annual revenues and provides complete HVAC services for the residential and light commercial markets.
Scott has an unbroken track record of growth, turnarounds and profits as the P&L leader of manufacturing/distribution/service businesses of $40 million to $1.4 billion over three decades. As a nationally recognized leader in the HVAC business, he successfully ran the biggest divisions of industry leaders Lennox and York, while also being tapped by their CEOs and boards for critical turnaround/growth challenges. He first joined Lennox in Belgium to expand its largely North American business internationally, launching a $230 million air conditioning/ventilation/heating/refrigeration unit in 14 countries (12 factories). In total, he spent 11 years abroad as the sole American directing UK and European businesses.
Mr. Boxer has served on executive, governance, audit and compensation committees of business and industry boards. He holds the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Institute (ARI) and is a member of the College of Engineering Hall of Fame at his alma mater, the University of Rhode Island, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering.
Doug Brooks, Host Steve A Klein, Scott Boxer