This is a podcast from PrimeGlobal member firm HoganTaylor LLP in which Tom Gordon, founder and CEO of Slim Chickens discusses the decisions he made alongside co-founder Greg Smart that led to the success of the restaurant chain. With the ambitious goal of having 600 locations and annual revenues of over $1 billion in the next ten years, Tom shares the process of bootstrapping a restaurant business and eventually franchising it. 


Tom Gordon is the founder and CEO of Slim Chickens, a fast-casual chicken restaurant chain based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The chain has over 100 locations in 19 states, plus restaurants in Kuwait and the U.K. Slim Chickens was founded in 2003 and began franchising 10 years later in 2013.

Tom and his co-founder Greg Smart have the ambitious goal of having 600 locations and annual revenues of over $1 billion in the next ten years.

In this episode, Tom reflects on the decisions he made alongside co-founder Greg that led to the success of Slim Chicken. He shares the process of bootstrapping a restaurant business and eventually franchising it and discusses important components of the business from supply chain to real estate to technology.

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HoganTaylor LLP

HoganTaylor LLP is one of the largest business advisory and public accounting firms in Oklahoma and Arkansas, with offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Little Rock and Northwest Arkansas. The Firm was formed out of a 2009 merger. In the years since, HoganTaylor has established its reputation as an innovative business advisory firm, increased its breadth of services, and more than doubled its size in terms of revenue and people. In 2019, the Firm ranked No. 91 on INSIDE Public Accounting’s list of the 100 largest CPA firms in the United States.

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