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Walt Ehmer, president and CEO of Waffle House (and namesake of Walt's Soup), will discuss "Becoming a Leader, the Waffle House Way."

Waffle House CEO Walt Ehmer to Discuss Leadership at Feb. 6 IMPACT Lecture

Georgia Tech’s IMPACT Speaker Series will feature alumnus Walt Ehmer, president and CEO of Waffle House Inc., on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Ehmer, whose lecture is titled "Becoming a Leader, the Waffle House Way," will speak at 4:30 p.m. in LeCraw Auditorium of the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business (800 West Peachtree Street).

Free and open to the public, the IMPACT series brings notable business executives, high-tech entrepreneurs, and intellectual leaders to the College. The Ehmer lecture is sponsored by Tech's Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship, H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Student Alumni Association.

Ehmer, who earned his bachelor's degree in industrial and systems engineering at Tech in 1989, began his career as a sales engineer for Allen-Bradley Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After joining Waffle House in 1992 as a senior buyer in the purchasing department, he was promoted to director of purchasing in 1996, vice president of finance in 1999, chief financial officer in 2001, president in 2006, and CEO in 2012.

Walt's Soup, named for Ehmer, is available at the 1,600-plus Waffle House restaurants in 25 states (75 percent of those owned and operated by Waffle House Inc.).

Currently chairman of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, Ehmer serves on the Georgia Tech President's Advisory Board and Georgia Tech Foundation Board as well as the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

For the full Spring 2013 lineup of IMPACT speakers, visit the IMPACT Website.


Hope Wilson
Director of Communications