R. David Thomas1932 - 2002
Founder of Wendy’s International restaurant chain, Mr. Thomas credits his childhood as an orphan with instilling his success drive. From a single restaurant in Columbus, the Wendy’s empire has grown to over 3800 worldwide. A strong supporter and active participant in charity work, he has given time and funding to Children’s Hospital in Columbus, St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, Recreation Unlimited for handicapped children, the Ohio State University Cancer Clinic and the Children’s Home Society of Florida. President George H.W. Bush named Dave Thomas as the spokesperson for an adoption initiative. His autobiography “Dave’s Way” funds national adoption awareness campaigns. Dave Thomas is a man who equates giving with living.