Nancy E. Oswald
A graduate of the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Communications, Nancy Oswald began her involvement in the restaurant industry at the award-winning Commander's Palace in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1978. Nancy co-owns and operates Sizzling Steak Concepts, the world’s largest Ruth’s Chris Steak House franchisee, and serves as its Chief Marketing Officer. The company currently operates four Ruth’s Chris restaurants in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia (Buckhead, Centennial Olympic Park, Alpharetta, and Kennesaw), two in Alabama (Birmingham and Huntsville), one in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and five in South Carolina (Columbia, Greenville, Myrtle Beach, and Charleston) as well as a unique rooftop bar/restaurant concept in Greenville, SC, UP on the Roof.
With a history of community and industry involvement, Nancy has served on the board of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) since 1993 and served as Chairman of the Board in 2013. She was named ACVB’s Volunteer of the Year in 2005 and inducted into the Bureau’s “Hospitality Hall of Fame” in 2011. Nancy was a founding board member of The Giving Kitchen, an Atlanta non-profit that provides crisis grants to restaurant workers with unanticipated hardships, and remains active on the Giving Kitchen board and committees today. Additionally, her previous board positions have included Atlanta’s Schenck School and the Georgia Restaurant Association, which she chaired in 2006.
A leader within Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Nancy has served on the parent company’s national advertising council as well as on the Franchise Council. She was awarded a Doctorate of Foodservice (DFS) from the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers in 2013 and named to the ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE’s list of “100 Most Influential Atlantans.”
Together with her business partner and husband, Markham D. Oswald, the Oswalds were honored as the recipients of the 2008 Ruth U. Fertel Award by Ruth’s Hospitality Group. The highest accolade the company bestows, this award is given to those individuals who most exemplify Ruth’s legacy of service, hospitality and commitment to the brand. Additionally, the Oswalds were jointly saluted by the Georgia Restaurant Association in 2010, receiving the GRACE Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2018, the Oswalds were recognized as “Restaurateurs of the Year” by the South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association as well as honored by the ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE as two of Atlanta’s “Most Admired CEOs.”