Edward H. Rensi
Former President & CEO, McDonald's USA; Co-operator, Tom & Eddie's
For many kids, flipping burgers at McDonald's was their first job. It was Ed Rensi's first job, too. Only he hung onto it for 32 years!

Ed started his McDonald's career in 1966 as a grill man earning 85 cents an hour in Columbus, Ohio, then moved from the grill through management holding titles of Regional Vice President, Senior Vice President Operations and Training, Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer World Wide and, from 1984 to 1998, President and CEO McDonald's USA. Ed moved on to his second career -- Chairman and CEO of Team Rensi Motorsports -- where he applies the managerial and motivational skills he honed in the corporate world to the sport of NASCAR auto racing.!

Blessed with success, Ed has always made time to offer his help to others. President Ronald Reagan honored Ed with the President's Volunteer Award, recognizing his body of charitable work including co-founding the world famous Ronald McDonald House. Ed's volunteer work for numerous educational charities was cited in 1997 when he was chosen Italian-American Man of the Year. Today Ed serves on the boards of directors of Snap On Tools, International Speedway Corporation, Great Wolf Lodge Resorts, Freedom Group Inc, Founding member of Remington Outdoor Foundation, Our Times, Line of Fire and SpinFresh Technology. He also serves on the Compensation Committee for ISC and the Snap on Boards. He is Chairman of the ISC Compensation Committee and a member of the ISC Growth & Development Committee.!

Presently Ed is a partner in America's Better Burger which is opening a fast casual dining concept called Tom & Eddie's Better Burgers. Tom & Eddie's had its Grand Opening at The Shops on Butterfield August 27th, 2010 followed with its Geneva location opening in December 2010. There are now locations open in Deerfield and Vernon Hills, Illinois.!

Ed is a private pilot who enjoys skeet and trap shooting. He was born and raised in Eastern Ohio and graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Business Education. He was presented in 2010 with an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration Degree from Norwich University and Honorary Colonel Vermont State Militia. Ed has lived and worked in New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, New Jersey, Illinois and Ohio. Presently Ed lives in metropolitan Chicago with his wife of 46 years, Anne, near his daughter and his four grandchildren.
© Restaurant Leadership 2015