2012 Outstanding Entrepreneur
Jeff Davis is the CEO of United States Beef Corporation, Inc., dba Arby’s and Taco Bueno. Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States Beef Corporation is the largest franchisee in the world of the Arby’s Restaurant Group.
Davis has played a significant role in the founding and subsequent growth and success of United States Beef Corporation. Along with his father, Robert, they opened their first Arby’s restaurant in 1969, but didn’t actually purchase it from the corporation until later that year, becoming one of the early Arby’s franchisees.
Under the stewardship of Davis, United States Beef Corporation now has more than 280 Arby’s restaurants and more than 7,000 employees located in the six contiguous Midwestern states of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois, and five Taco Bueno restaurants in northwest Arkansas. Recognized for his innovation and growth of the Arby’s system, Davis has twice received the Arby’s Franchisee of the Year award.
Since opening that first restaurant in Tulsa, Davis has kept intact a family culture throughout his restaurants, empowering and inspiring employees to always make guests their first priority. As the largest Arby’s franchisee, Davis and his senior management team play a vital leadership role for the entire Arby’s system, serving on various boards and committees that assist in setting policies for the franchisor, Arby’s Restaurant Group. The team is involved in providing counsel and direction for advertising, managing food purchasing and distribution, sharing innovative information technology, and developing operational procedures that are followed by franchisees across the country.
Davis is a recognized leader in the restaurant industry, currently serving as the chairman of the Arby’s Franchise Association board, and a member of the National Restaurant Association and the Oklahoma Restaurant Association. In his community, he has generously donated his time to be on the boards of the Tulsa Community Foundation, the State Chamber of Commerce, the Tulsa Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, the Young Presidents Organization, the Oklahoma Board on Judicial Compensation, Commerce Bank in Oklahoma, the Tulsa area Red Cross and Leadership Tulsa.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from The University of Tulsa, where he has also been honored as a University of Tulsa Distinguished Alumnus. Jeff and his wife, Judy, have two daughters, two sons and three grandchildren.