James Walker

Are you innovating?

Well here's a dose of inspiration from James Walker, CEO of Frisch's Restaurants, who shares his personal innovation strategy that’s driven so much of his success across so many high-profile restaurants like:

Subway (where he oversaw their 28,000 restaurants in the U.S. and Canada)

Nathan’s Famous

Johnny Rockets



... and more!

Now he's innovating Frisch's, a 75-year-old American Comfort Food, Casual Theme Restaurant brand, famous for its “Big Boy®” burgers.

His approach can be applied to any company and industry, and you can use it to unlock the potential within your team and organization.

He's also been recognized for his innovative leadership by being awarded the President’s “E” Award by President Obama for Excellence in Furthering American Business Internationally.

He has an MBA from The Fuqua School of Business School at Duke. He’s also completed courses at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Johnson and Wales, Emmanuel College, and the New England Culinary Institute.

Jame's LinkedIn profile

Jame's personal website

Frisch's Restaurants' website


  • Why He Continues to Pursue an Ivy League Education
  • His Greatest Restaurant Innovation
  • The Innovation he Led at Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs
  • 35% Sales Increase - The Johnny Rockets Innovation
  • What “Bad Toast” Taught Him about Leadership
  • Overseeing 28,000 Subways - The Biggest Thing He Learned
  • Advice for CEOs on Social Media
  • What It’s Like Receiving an Award from a US President


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