President of P. F. Chang’s China Bistro to speak at UNT lecture series
What: The Executive-in-Residence Lecture Series at the University of North Texas, featuring F. Lane Cardwell Jr., president of P. F. Chang's China Bistro. Presented by UNT's School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management.
When: 10 a.m. Nov. 22 (Tuesday)
Where: Ballroom of UNT's Gateway Center, located on North Texas Boulevard between Eagle Drive and Highland Street (801 North Texas Boulevard)
Contact: UNT School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management at 940-565-2436
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- F. Lane Cardwell Jr., president of P. F. Chang's China Bistro, will speak at the University of North Texas Nov. 22 (Tuesday) during the Executive-in-Residence Lecture Series sponsored by UNT's School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management.
The free lecture begins at 10 a.m. in the ballroom of UNT's Gateway Center, which is located at 801 North Texas Boulevard between Eagle Drive and Highland Street. The audience will meet with Cardwell following the lecture from 11-11:30 a.m.
Cardwell was named president of P.F. Chang's, a $1 billion upscale restaurant chain serving American Chinese Cuisine, this past February. Cardwell previously served on the company's board of directors and was also a board member from 1999 to 2009.
P.F. Chang's was founded in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 1993 and is named for the company's two founders, one of which was its first chef. With its corporate headquarters in Phoenix, the company has more than 200 restaurants in the U.S., Dubai, Kuwait, Mexico and Puerto Rico, and is the parent company of the casual Pan-Asian restaurant chain Pei Wei Asian Diner. P.F. Chang's also introduced a frozen food line in 2010 and is one of the few restaurant chains recognized by the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America for offering a dedicated menu to diners who must follow a strict, gluten-free diet.
Cardwell, who tries to dine in at least 600 restaurants each year, has worked in the development of 35 different restaurant chains. He was most recently president and chief executive officer of Boston Market, and also served as president of Eatzi's Market and Bakery; executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Brinker International, Inc.; and interim president and chief executive officer of Famous Dave's of America, Inc.
Cardwell received his master of business administration degree from UNT in 1977 and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the university in 1998. He also has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University. He is a founding member of the Board of Governors for the School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management's hospitality management program.