We Are Greer.
A family-owned, hospitality and commercial
real estate development company.
We are headquartered in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky.
An independent restaurant company launching Coba Cocina and other unique concepts, and a franchisee of casual dining and hotel chains, including Cheddar's Casual Café, Marriott, and Hilton hotels.
It's our mission to give you everything we've got.
in giving people more than they can imagine
and everything we've got.
So we only serve up the same quality, value, and respect we give our own families.
It's why you'll only find fresh, delicious, homemade, and handmade food in our restaurants.
Why our hotels offer only warm hospitality and great service.
It's why we take time to listen and do more than people expect.
It's why we own everything we build - and why Kentucky will always be our home.
Because the things that matter don't come in fancy packages or from far-away factories.
They come from years spent doing right by people and their families.
They come from our hearts, minds, and hands.
And they're always made from scratch.
Phil Greer Graduates from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
Phil taught at Tates Creek High School and coached football, wrestling, and tennis, and his teams won six state championships. During this time he was also a college basketball referee for the Southeastern, Metro, Southwest, and Ohio Valley Conferences.
Greer formed a real estate partnership.
Dunn Greer Realtors was started.
September 1988 Greer Companies begins.
August 1989 1st Shoney's opens.
First Fazoli's is built in Prestonsburg, Kentucky.
First Cheddar's is built in Lexington, Kentucky on Tates Creek.
Lee Greer joins the company.
Cathy celebrates her 20th anniversary.
100th Cheddar's location opens in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Company breaks 100 million in annual sales.
Greer Companies 30th location opens in Beckley, West Virginia.
Greer Companies 40th location opens in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Coba celebrates one year anniversary
Greer Companies begins construction on a new upscale Hampton Inn opening near UK’s campus.
For us, it's simple
surround yourself with good people and
great things will happen.
What do you get when you combine a former University of Kentucky
football player who hails from the coal mines, a comedian/attorney, a Wall
Street financial guy, and a Kentucky farm boy with a brain as big as his
attitude? A company that builds character - and has a cast of characters.
A company that brings together people from diverse backgrounds
and disciplines, because we know that's where the magic is.
It's our job to take good care of people,
and we start with each other.
- PHIL GREERCHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Hometown: Jenkins, KY
Education, Distinctions, Memberships: Jenkins High School University of Kentucky, Bachelor of Arts Georgetown College, Masters of Education Eastern Kentucky University, Rank II 2015 Kentucky Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame Inductee
Experience: 40 years in real estate
- LEE GREERPRESIDENT
Hometown: Lexington KY
Education, Distinctions, Memberships: Tates Creek High School University of Virigina, Bachelor of Science in Commerce Merrill Lynch Investment Banking Certification, Series 7, Series 43
Experience: Greer Companies, President since 2002 iVisionary, Co-Founder & Executive Vice President (2000-2002) Merrill Lynch Investment Banking, Senior Analyst (1999-2000)
- STEVE POTTINGEREXECUTIVE VP OF OPERATIONS, MINT JULEP RESTAURANTS
EXECUTIVE VP OF OPERATIONS, MINT JULEP RESTAURANTS
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Education, Distinctions, Memberships: Trinity High School, Louisville Kentucky University of Louisville, Bachelor of Arts Thomas M Cooley Law School, Juris Doctor FCBA, Fayette County Bar Association KBA, Kentucky Bar Association Delta Theta Phi, Law Fraternity
Experience: Greer Companies, Executive Vice President of Restaurant Operations since 1995, Mint Julep Restaurants Philpot & Sullivan, Corporate Attorney
- CATHY FULLEROFFICE MANAGER
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Education, Distinctions, Memberships: Bryan Station High School University of Kentucky
Experience: Greer Companies, Office Manager since 1988 Dunn Greer Realtors, Real Estate Agent
- BILL KIRKEXECUTIVE VP OF OPERATIONS, NORTHSTAR HOSPITALITY
EXECUTIVE VP OF OPERATIONS, NORTHSTAR HOSPITALITY
Hometown: Tynemouth, England
Education, Distinctions, Memberships: Tynemouth High School No.1 Radio School, Royal Air Force, Electronic Engineering, (CHA) Certified Hotel Administrator, American Hotel and Lodging Association
Experience: Greer Companies, Vice President of Operations, Northstar Hospitality since 2000 Holiday Inn Express (Nicholasville), General Manager Bass plc (England), General Manager Peninsula Pro-Shops, Owner Royal Air Force, Master Aircrew and Electronic Technician
- DONALD VITTITOWCHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Hometown: New Haven, KY
Education, Distinctions, Memberships: Nelson County High School University of Kentucky, Bachelor of Science Certified Public Accountant
Experience: Greer Companies, Chief Financial Officer since 2009 Office Suites PLUS, Chief Financial Officer Studio Plus Hotels, Vice President Coopers & Lybrand, Senior Advisor
- MIKE WRIGHTDIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES
DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Education, Distinctions, Memberships: Whitesburg High School Berea College, Bachelor of Arts
Experience: Greer Companies/Mint Julep Restaurants, Director HR since 2010 Toyota Boshoku, General Manager HR Trim Masters Inc, General Manager HR
- LAURA HOLSCLAWCOMPTROLLER
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Education, Distinctions, and Memberships: Tates Creek High School University of Kentucky, Bachelor of Science University of Kentucky , Masters Business Administration
Experience: Greer Companies, Comptroller since 1994 Jerrico, Inc. (Long John Silver's, Fazoli's, etc.), Director of Corporate Reporting Public Accounting, Accounting Manager
- MORGAN ALLENDIRECTOR OF CONSTRUCTION
DIRECTOR OF CONSTRUCTION
Hometown: Paris, KY
Education, Distinctions, Memberships: Paris High School
Experience: Greer Companies, Director of Construction since 2005 Lane Consultants, Real Estate Agent Seed Restaurant Group (Fazoli's), Director of Finance Development Jerrico, Inc (Long John Silver's), Director of Operations
crafting special places, unforgettable experiences and new friendships - and we've been doing it since the day Greer began.
We believe success is not defined by what we do, but by how we do it. So we take care to do things right.
Because when someone cares, it shows and communities flourish.
That's why before we begin any new project, we take the time to listen to neighbors,
local business owners, community leaders, environmental engineers, and landscape architects to
ensure that everything we do embraces the traditions, character, and goals of the community.
Together, we'll create special places that are unique to the communities of which they're part.
Places they'll be proud to call their own.
Places, By Greer.
We grew up in American Kitchens
And we come from hard working people who tended gardens, canned vegetables, and made fresh, delicious food from recipes passed down over generations.
Our Mint Julep Restaurants group makes everything from scratch. It's not just our food philosophy, it's the way we approach the world. From the design of our restaurants, to the chefs and prep cooks that craft fresh, delicious homemade and handmade food, to the servers and managers who make your enjoyment their mission. Our restaurants include three unique and world class independent concepts - Coba Cocina, Cobar Cantina, and Cocoh! Confectioner - in Lexington, KY, as well as 44 Cheddar's Casual Cafés in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina.
Sound good? Then, come on, y'all!
We are proud
to be a franchisee of Hilton, Marriott,
and the Intercontinental Hotel Group.
We're also travelers and adventurers who understand that a fresh, clean,
well appointed hotel room and warm service make for the best journeys.
Conveniently located in cities and towns throughout the South, our hotels provide
a comfortable and comforting haven, exceptional value, and service
rivaled only by the only other place in the world we recommend: home.
Join Our Team
Looking to join the Greer Companies team?
If you're the kind of person who enjoys working in a fast-paced, creative atmosphere that celebrates great service and teamwork, then we might be the right fit.
Hometown: Paris, KY
Education, Distinctions, Memberships:
Paris High School
Greer Companies, Director of Construction since 2005
Lane Consultants, Real Estate Agent
Seed Restaurant Group (Fazoli’s), Director of Finance Development
Jerrico, Inc (Long John Silver’s), Director of Operations