Ron Magruder jumped right into the restaurant industry after high school and never looked back. He spent the bulk of his career with Darden Restaurants, where he opened Red Lobsters in Tokyo during the early 1980s and was named president of the company’s Olive Garden chain in 1987. In 1991, he was honored with Nation’s Restaurant News’ Golden Chain award for his work at the casual Italian dinnerhouse chain and named Operator of the Year by his peers. He also headed the ...

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