Andy Puzder

Senior Fellow

Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.

- Winston Churchill

Andrew Puzder is from Brentwood, Tennessee, and serves as a Senior Fellow at AFPI. Previously, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of CKE Restaurants, where he helped turn Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. into the fast-food powerhouses that they are today. He started his journey with CKE as founder Carl Karcher’s personal attorney in 1986; Puzder became CEO in 2000 and led the company out of serious financial difficulties. Under his leadership, CKE expanded to more than 3,800 restaurants globally. Puzder is a frequent lecturer on economics and politics for various groups and associations as well as at colleges and universities. He is a Senior Fellow at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy, a Visiting Fellow for business and economic freedom at the Heritage Foundation, a member of the Reagan Institute’s National Leadership Council, and a director at the Job Creators Network. He is also a member of the Washington University Law School’s Board of Advisors, the State Financial Officers Foundation’s National Advisory Committee, and the Advisory Board at Prager University. In 2021 he was named Chairman of the Board at 2ndVote Advisers, an investment firm formed in response to the stakeholder capitalism and environmental and social governance movements. In 2010, he co-authored a book titled Job Creation: How It Really Works and Why Government Doesn’t Understand It. His second book, The Capitalist Comeback: The Trump Boom and the Left’s Plot to Stop It, was published in April 2018. As a teenager, he was expelled from high school in 1967 for long hair and took a couple of years off from college in the 1970s to play in rock & roll bands.

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