Chief operating officer, Sullivan's Steakhouse & Del Frisco's Double Eagle (Lone Star Inc.),Wichita, Ks.
Age: 36. Why he's rising: This energetic, former Morton's of Chicago's president is creating a new steakhouse niche ($40) with retro-cool Sullivan's. Ladder climbing: Senior vice president of operations, Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon; president, Morton's of Chicago. Schooling: B.B.A., Accounting, St. Norbert's, De Pere, Wis. Wins praise for: Ability to achieve very high standards in service and food quality; keen eye for recogizing top management talent. Mentors: Arnie Morton and Klaus Frisch. "They taught me to be uncompromising in standards." First job in foodservice: ChicagoFest, rib cook, age 18. What the future holds: On record as saying Sullivan's can grow to 80 units.