UNT alum and hospitality board member, Lane Cardwell, named as president of P.F. Chang's China Bistro
April 29, 2011

Lane Cardwell, UNT Distinguished Alumnus and founding member of the UNT hospitality management board of governors, was recently named as the president of P.F. Chang's China Bistro, a $1 billion concept in the upscale casual dining category. Cardwell brings over 32 years of experience in the restaurant business including his most recent post as president and CEO of Boston Market, Inc. He has worked on the development of 35 different restaurant chains, holding executive positions with industry leaders such as Brinker International, Eatzi's Market and Bakery, and S & A Restaurant Corporation.

 

To stay current on industry trends, Cardwell makes it a point to eat in at least 600 restaurants each year, a feat not easily accomplished but necessary to understand evolving consumer tastes. He attributes much of his success to his keen ability to stay ahead of the curve. He offers this advice to students looking to launch their careers, "Growing companies always promote faster than companies that are not growing," says Cardwell.  "Always look for the upward trend," he says.

Cardwell, a native Texan, completed a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University and a master's in business administration in finance from the University of North Texas. In 1997, he was recognized as the UNT Distinguished Alumnus of the Year for his career achievements and his involvement with the UNT hospitality management program. Don't be surprised if you catch a glimpse of this UNT soaring eagle at your local neighborhood restaurant!

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