Lisa Ingram is President and CEO of White Castle System, Inc. Lisa is the 4th Ingram family member to serve as President of the iconic company – the nation’s first fast food chain. In her role as President and CEO, Lisa oversees the strategy development as well as all support functions and the P&L execution for the entire company including: the restaurant division, retail products division, and manufacturing divisions. Lisa is also a member of the White Castle Board of Directors.
As the great granddaughter of founder E.W. “Billy” Ingram, Lisa has a unique perspective on the role family business plays in the larger economy, and how to keep a 95 year old brand vibrant in a changing landscape. She can also occasionally be found behind the counter on the grills preparing the one of a kind White Castle slyders for customers – allowing her to stay in touch with the team members and customer needs.
Lisa is active in the Columbus community and currently serves as Chair Elect on the United Way of Central Ohio Board and serves on the OhioHealth Board as Chair Elect of Quality of Care. She is also a member of the Columbus Partnership (a private public collaboration focused on economic development, education and civic leadership). In addition, Lisa has served on the board of the National Restaurant Association. Lisa is also a board member or advisory board member of several smaller companies including Homage, Hot Chicken Takeover, Acre, and Common Cider Company.
Lisa received her BBA degree from Southern Methodist University and her MBA from The Ohio State University where she was awarded the Academic Excellence in Consulting Award from her professors. In 2004, Lisa was named by Business First for their “40 under 40 award”, which honors young leaders for their accomplishments in business and the community. In 2014, Lisa received the Go Beyond Award from the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University for her contributions to the community and was a member of the Smart50 class honored by Smart Business Magazine where she also won the Innovation Award. In 2016 Lisa received the CHART Commitment to People Award, and was honored by ColumbusCEO magazine as the CEO of the Year for large for-profit companies. Lisa was also interviewed by Kristyn Hartman in the Columbus Chambers’ CEO Insights in 2016. In 2017, Lisa received the Honorary Eagle Scout Award and the Golden Chain Award.
In addition to her community involvement, Lisa enjoys photography, skiing, running, yoga and most outdoor activities. Lisa lives in Columbus with her husband, Greg Guy, where her most important CEO role is to raise 4 young children to be happy, healthy and productive members of society.