Philip Gay joined Grill Concepts in July 2004 as Chief Financial Officer, and was named President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2006. Philip began his 20-year career in the food and casual dining industry when he joined California Pizza Kitchen in 1987 as Chief Financial Officer. During his seven-year tenure at the company, he helped build the pizza chain from two restaurants to 100 restaurants. Philip then joined Santa Monica-based Wolfgang Puck Food Company from 1994 to 1996 as Chief Financial Officer and interim Chief Executive Officer. He also held chief operating officer and chief executive officer positions with privately-held Diversified Food Group in Lincolnwood, Illinois and was a managing director of Triple Enterprises, a Dallas-based business advisory firm. In addition to his board seat at Grill Concepts, Philip is currently a member of the boards of directors of the California Restaurant Association and MotorCar Parts of America.