Sal Melilli, CEO & President of Hooters of America, talks about how he and his team took the opportunity to innovate and created a new product – Hoots Wings, a fast-casual take-out restaurant serving Hooters’ most popular wings. Having risen in ranks from dishwasher to CEO, Sal talks about taking risks, making mistakes, being resilient, and universal leadership lessons to keep you grounded and ensure the longevity of your business. Sal recognizes that Hooters is in the “people business” and they are his most important asset and resource. Providing opportunities for employees and a positive guest experience are the foundation of Hooters’ longstanding success. Founded in Clearwater Florida in 1983, Hooters is now headquartered in Atlanta with over 379 restaurants across 37 states and 65 international locations in 18 countries.