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Eric Knott
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Eric Knott is a restaurant executive with a proven track record built upon operational excellence, driving revenues with favorable returns, and a passion for developing best in class teams.

Currently leading the fast casual brand People Dedicated to Quality (PDQ) as the Chief Operating Office, Eric has committed over a decade to driving strategic growth across many disciplines within the business. Understanding the importance of a holistic vision, Eric is directly responsible for producing results through a vast array of incentives. Innovation across Operations, Technology, Real-Estate, and Brand Prototypes are a few examples of how Eric has created superior value to the organization. Eric is also well verse in driving sales and traffic through creative marketing campaigns, menu mix and target consumers.

With an affinity and an unmatched skill set for emerging brands, Eric has successfully held leadership roles ranging from the localized responsibilities of a Kitchen Manager to a regional role as a top preforming Market Director, and as a Vice President of Operations with responsibilities across the brand. Leveraging his business acumen, financial knowledge and understanding of Purchasing + Procurement, Eric has produced cost savings solutions and a positive return on investment for stakeholders.

Leading more than 40 New Restaurant Openings, Eric remains committed to the strength of top-notch Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development, and a roadmap for continued growth, both
professionally and personally. Eric brings together cross-functional teams through strategic planning, mutual alignment, processes, and concise communication.

Eric also continues to advance his education and knowledge through ongoing development opportunities including but not limited to a Leadership Principles certificate program from Harvard Business School Online, The University of Texas at Austin Education Programs for Executive education, and industry conferences.