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Gray Cat Enterprises Celebrates Its 19-Year Anniversary!

Mar 29, 2023

Excited to celebrate Gray Cat's 19th year!

John Matthews is the president and CEO of Gray Cat Enterprises and is 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
    Enterprises, Inc.
  • National marketing director of the Little Caesars Pizza Corporation

John Matthews, President & CEO, Gray Cat Enterprises, Inc.

John Matthews is the Founder and President of Gray Cat Enterprises, Inc. a Raleigh, NC-based management consulting company. Gray Cat specializes in strategic project management and consulting for multi-unit operations; interim executive management; and strategic planning. Mr. Matthews has over 30 years of senior-level executive experience in the retail industry, involving three dynamic multi-unit companies. Mr. Matthews experience includes President of Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches; Vice President of Marketing, Merchandising, Corporate Communications, Facilities and Real Estate for Clark Retail Enterprises/White Hen Pantry; and National Marketing Director at Little Caesar's Pizza! Pizza!