Hometown: Rockaway Beach, N.Y. Age: 55

Position: CEO of Schussler Creative Inc.

Restaurants: Jungle-themed Rainforest Cafe; dinosaur-themed restaurant T-Rex; Asian fusion restaurant Yak & Yeti; Betty & Joe's, Baker & Coffee Maker; Hot Dog Hall of Fame; space-themed Galaxy Drive In; and Backfire BBQ. There are more than half dozen other concepts in development.

Hobbies: Mountain biking, tennis, weight-lifting, reading

Favorite foods: Mojo Bones, a sparerib dish at Rainforest Cafe, and the pasta dishes at T-Rex