Frank Belatti


Belatti is the past chairman for the board of directors of AFC Enterprises (AFCE), the world’s premier franchisor of restaurant brands around the world. He is currently a Managing Partner and co-founder of Equicorp Partners, a new business ventures firm, and he serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, in the Mendoza College of Business, at the University of Notre Dame.

Belatti’s values, vision, and track record in hospitality and restaurant franchising resulted in his founding AFC Enterprises in 1992, and his appointment as chairman and chief executive officer of the newly formed corporation. For 15 years, under Belatti’s leadership, AFC employed an aggressive worldwide expansion strategy, more than doubling system sales and opening restaurants in over 30 countries.

Prior to founding AFC Enterprises, Belatti served as president and chief operating officer of Hospitality Franchise Systems. In his role, Belatti helped transform HFS into the largest hotel franchising company in the world. Belatti also served as president and chief operating officer of Arby’s, Inc. While at Arby’s, he doubled the size of the chain and set the table for Arby’s to become the world’s largest roast beef sandwich chain.

Winning numerous awards and industry recognition, Belatti has received the restaurant industry’s highest honor, Operator of the Year and the Golden Chain Award. He has also received the Silver Plate for culinary excellence. He received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the International Franchise Association (IFA), and the Trailblazer award from the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF).

He is an honoree of the Community Leadership Award from the Harvard Business School, the Beta Gamma Sigma Medallion for Entrepreneurship, and the Anti-Defamation League’s Torch of Liberty. His concern for social justice has brought recognition from the Urban League, the NAACP, the YWCA, and Habitat for Humanity for his work in providing housing for over 2,000 children in communities throughout the world. He is also the recipient of The President’s Award for social reforms.

Belatti is a member of the board of directors of the Radio Shack Corporation, the First Watch Corporation and is a founding member and director for Hank Aaron’s Chasing the Dream Foundation. He is a member of the Business Advisory Council at the University of Notre Dame and is a lifetime member and past chairman of the Carter Center’s Board of Councilors. Frank received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from Fordham University.