Jimmy Collins, former president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, Inc., retired May 31, 2001, after 32 years of service.

Before joining Chick-fil-A, Collins operated a food service consulting business and designed the forerunners of the Chick-fil-A stores as well as the first Chick-fil-A mall restaurant in Atlanta’s Greenbriar Mall in 1967.

In 2000, Collins received the prestigious Silver Plate Award as Chain Fast Service Operator of the Year.

He formerly served on the boards of Southwest Christian Church; Point University; Christian City; Southwest Christian Care; Atlanta Area Council of Boy Scouts; Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Johnson City, TN; and Christian Missionary Fellowship, Indianapolis, IN.

Currently he serves on the board of The Bedford School, for children with learning disabilities.

Collins and his wife, Oleta, live in College Park, Georgia.  They have three children and three grandchildren.

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