- At A Glance -
Gala Corporation is a leading privately owned investment company, with a focus on hospitality and food service in the United States. From unassuming beginnings with a single property in 1982, today Gala Corporation is recognized as a premier operator and developer of restaurants by Nation’s Restaurant News, Franchise Times, Multi-Unit Developer Magazine and rank among the top 200 operators by the Restaurant Finance Monitor.
Anand Gala - PRESIDENT & CEO
Mr. Gala is the Founder, President and CEO of Gala Corporation, a diversified holding company with operations in consulting, restaurant development and management, and real estate development and investment. He has spent the past 30 years in various executive capacities within the Restaurant Industry.
The Restaurant Division focuses on the development and management of nationally recognized chain restaurants, both franchised and proprietary, throughout the western United States. Current portfolio brands under ownership and operation include Famous Dave’s Legendary Pit BBQ.
The Real Estate Division focuses on the acquisition, development and management of commercial real estate comprising of free standing and shopping center pad sites that can be developed into retail and restaurant sites. Recent and current projects include a number of restaurant sites located throughout California and Arizona.
Mr. Gala graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and has been a member of the USC Marshall School of Business Forum on Family Businesses. He also is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE). He is a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) and serves as Chairman of the YPO Franchise Industry Network, as well as on the Board of Directors of Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq: DAVE). He is directly involved in numerous charitable causes as Director of the Gala Foundation.
ERIC WILLIAMS - Director of Operations
Mr. Williams is the Director of Operations for the Famous Dave's BBQ Division of Gala Corporation.
He has spent the past 20+ years in various leadership capacities within the Restaurant Industry. His main responsibilities include a balance of operational efficiency and sales growth while making guest hospitality remarkable service his highest priorities.
Past positions included: Divisional Vice-President, Director of Operations, Managing Partner and Divisional Culinary Manager for various concepts including RealMex Restaurants, Le Pain Quotidien and Buca di Beppo.