Chris T. Sullivan, President
Chris T. Sullivan founded Outback Steakhouse in 1988 with Bob Basham Tim Gannon, and Trudy Cooper and served as former Chairman and CEO of Outback Steakhouse, Inc. The company went public in 1991 and over the next 15 years Sullivan collaborated with the founders of Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion to develop and operate over 1400 restaurants worldwide. In 2007, with then CEO Bill Allen, the OSI Board of Directors and executive team, the company was sold to Bain Capital Partners, Catterton Partners and the Founders. In 2012, the reconstructed company, Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. went public and Sullivan serves as a Director. He is currently a partner of MVP Holdings, Inc. which include Lee Roy Selmon’s Restaurants, Carmel Kitchen and Wine Bar, MenuPad, LLC, Chairman; ConSul Partners, LLC and numerous restaurant industry investments.
Mr. Sullivan is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, with a B.S. degree in Business and Economics, and in 2000 he was inducted into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni.
In 1997, Sullivan together with Bob Basham and Bob Merritt, founded Old Memorial Golf Club.
Currently, Mr. Sullivan serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans and is active in numerous charitable organizations focusing on catastrophic diseases, PTSD and education.
Alex Sullivan, Vice President
Alex Sullivan was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. During his years growing up in Tampa, he watched his father create a successful career in the restaurant industry. It was these beginnings that inspired Alex to attend The College of Charleston where he received a B.S. in Business Administration. This was the springboard for Mr. Sullivan’s success. He designed a concept and created a successful restaurant brand, Carmel Kitchen & Wine Bar which has expanded to eight different locations. Mr. Sullivan is highly motivated and works diligently to perfect his brand. He leads a team of creative and innovative individuals and challenges them to reach new heights in the quality of food and service provided in his restaurants. Prior to getting into the restaurant business, Mr. Sullivan was owner of Palmcrest Homes of Tampa Bay.
Aside from being a leader in the restaurant industry, Mr. Sullivan enjoys being a member of Old Memorial Golf Club, Palma Ceia Golf and Club and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. Being philanthropic is also a big part of who he is as an individual. He is highly involved in the community and serves on the Board of Pediatric Cancer Foundation, is Chairman of Fashion for the Cure and serves on the Development Committee at Academy Prep.
Ashley Sullivan, Treasurer and Secretary
Ashley Sullivan was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. During her years growing up in Tampa, she watched her father create a successful career in the restaurant industry.
Patricia Thompson, Executive Director
Patricia Thompson has resided in the Tampa Bay area for 42 years. She attended Hillsborough County Public Schools and earned her B.A. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of South Florida in Elementary Education and Educational Leadership. During her years with Hillsborough County Schools, she served as a teacher and school administrator. She was selected to help spearhead the opening of a new school shortly after receiving her master’s degree. With her leadership and dedication, the opening of the new school was a great success as was her career as an administrator. Mrs. Thompson has presented at state and national educational conferences and participated in and managed several large projects including the inception of magnet schools. After 15 years with the school system, Mrs. Thompson decided to stay home to raise her children and continued serving at their schools as Room Parent Coordinator, PTA Vice President, and member of the Board of Trustees just to name a few.
In April of 2014, Mrs. Thompson was selected to be the Executive Director of the Chris T. Sullivan Foundation where she oversees all policies and procedures of the foundation and works closely with Mr. Sullivan to ensure the mission and vision of the foundation are realized. Her work with the foundation has made a positive impact on the progress and execution of various programs. Through the years, Mrs. Thompson has learned the value of hard work and has persevered to become a strong manager and leader. She has demonstrated a high level of commitment, dedication, and passion in all her endeavors. Aside from her work with the foundation, she continues to volunteer at her children’s school as the chair of the auction and gala and also supports other school events and activities.