I'm John Matthews
I am president and CEO of Gray Cat Enterprises and am responsible for the management of all consulting activities for the firm, which include retail consulting for multiunit operations; interim divisional or general management leadership; strategic planning; and senior-level project management.
With more than twenty-five years’ experience in retail management including marketing and operations management; category management; mergers and acquisitions; facilities management; real estate; and corporate communications in a spectrum of industries,
including quick service restaurant, convenience store operations, and general retail.
Prior to founding my company in 2004, I held senior management positions as:
- President of Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches
- VP of marketing, merchandising, facilities, corporate communications, and real estate at Clark Retail
- National marketing director of the Little Caesars Pizza Corporation
"I've had the pleasure of working closely with John for the last 3 years. What sets John apart from the pack is not only the favorable results that he drives, yet it's also in the way he achieves it. He is a quick study on things, yet he always starts with building trust. He seeks to first listen and understand, then based on that, he overlays his skills to solve the problem identified. He collaborates. He is accountable. He is smart. He pushes where appropriate. He is persistent. He is competitive. He always seems to find a path to success. If you are fortunate enough to get the chance to work with John - jump at it!"
- Mark Byers, Safeguard Business Systems (VP Deluxe Corp)
"Global Partners hired John Matthews and Gray Cat and he provided an expertise that we were looking for to enhance our operations across a number of fronts, producing great results. His personality meshes perfectly with our culture and has consistently provided creative solutions in a timely manner. All in all, he has been a tremendous value to our organization in operations, merchandising, marketing and strategic planning. John is a high integrity guy that is a great contributor to the overall success of our team."
- Mark Cosenza, Senior Vice President at Global Partners LP
"John has been an incredible person and partner to work with. Prior to kicking things off, we didn't have a solid framework for building out a 1 or 3 year plan, which are critical building blocks necessary to achieve the exponential growth that we're aiming for:
- Developing employee and company incentive programs
- Developing a series of KPI's to manage our business more precisely
- Built budgetary and planning frameworks
I would highly recommend John as his work and contributions to our business have been incredibly valuable."
- David Spratte, CEO & Co-Founder at Carpe
Interim Executive Leadership
Retail, Quick-Service Restaurant and Convenience Store Expertise
Senior-Level Project Management
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