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Preston Atkinson

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President and Chief Executive Off...

Phone: (361) ***-****  
Email: p***@***.com
Local Address: Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Whataburger Inc.
300 Concord Plaza Drive
San Antonio , Texas 78216
United States

Company Description: Whataburger has focused on its fresh, made-to-order burgers and friendly customer service since 1950 when Harmon Dobson opened the first Whataburger as a small...   more
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"The Andrews family has been very ...
www.texasmonthly.com, 30 Aug 2015 [cached]
"The Andrews family has been very special to Whataburger through the years," said Whataburger's corporate chief, Preston Atkinson, during the ceremony.
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In 2012, though, Tom Dobson relinquished his CEO duties to Atkinson, a former contractor who started building Whataburger restaurants in 1986 and then joined the company in 1998. (Dobson remains as chairman.) "Whataburger's affairs were more and more being turned over to the 'professionals,' all of whom wanted to participate in what by now had ceased to be a family business and had become simply a large corporate entity," WOA claims in its lawsuit.
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According to the lawsuit, Reese met with Atkinson, who told her that despite the agreement, Whataburger didn't believe it was obligated to approve new sites and that it could veto any sites that the franchisee selected.
In an open letter on the ...
www.tuscaloosanews.com, 12 July 2015 [cached]
In an open letter on the company's website, Whataburger president and CEO Preston Atkinson said many employees and customers are "uncomfortable being around someone with a visible firearm.
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) - An iconic Texas restaurant chain will not allow the open carrying of guns on its properties, and industry experts say other restaurants will likely take the same stand against a new state law legalizing the practice in many public places.Whataburger - with some 780 locations in 10 states - has drawn a mix of praise and rebuke since making the announcement this month, including a prediction of boycotts from one of the state's leading advocates for gun rights.In an open letter on the company's website, Whataburger president and CEO Preston Atkinson said many employees and customers are "uncomfortable being around someone with a visible firearm. He described himself as an avid hunter with a concealed-carry license and noted that patrons licensed to carry concealed handguns will still be able to do so in Whataburger.Atkinson's letter comes one month after Texas Gov.
In an open letter on the ...
www.springfieldnewssun.com, 9 July 2015 [cached]
In an open letter on the company's website, Whataburger president and CEO Preston Atkinson said many employees and customers are "uncomfortable being around someone with a visible firearm.
Preston ...
whatakids.com, 2 July 2015 [cached]
Preston Atkinson Whataburger President and CEO
"As a company serving customers with ...
nrn.com, 7 July 2015 [cached]
"As a company serving customers with many different viewpoints, we're sometimes caught in the middle on controversial issues like this one," wrote Preston Atkinson, Whataburger's president and CEO, in a policy statement July 2 on the company's website.
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Atkinson said that while Whataburger supported Second Amendment gun rights, noting that he has a concealed-weapon permit himself, the chain wanted all guests to feel comfortable in its restaurants.
"We haven't allowed the open carry of firearms in our restaurants for a long time (although we have not prohibited licensed conceal carry). It's a business decision we made a long time ago and have stood by, and I think it's important you know why," Atkinson wrote.
"From a business standpoint, though, we have to think about how open carry impacts our 34,000+ employees and millions of customers," he continued, adding that Whataburger is a "gathering spot for Little League teams, church groups and high school kids after football games."
Atkinson noted that customers and employees had told management they felt "uncomfortable being around someone with a visible firearm who is not a member of law enforcement."
From a business standpoint, Atkinson continued, "We have to listen and value that feedback in the same way we value yours.
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