22 Wonderful Greg Brenneman Quotes

Greg Brenneman is an American businessman and currently serves as the Chairman of CCMP Capital, a private equity firm. Having served as the CEO of the President and CEO of the firm that owns Quiznos Sub, Brenneman has also served as the CEO of Burger King and COO of Continental Airlines. Here is a look at some of the best Greg Brenneman quotes ever recorded.

“As business people, we have to remind ourselves that it’s up to us to create jobs. It’s up to us as business people to drive the economy, and no one else.”

“Being a consultant is like flying first-class. The food is terrific, the drinks are cold. But all you can do is walk up to the pilot and say, ‘bank left.’ If you’re in management, you have the controls.”

“Burger King’s business model was broken. But it was like sex in the ’50s. Everyone knew it, but no one would talk about it.”

“Business is a team sport.”

“Financing is tough, and you really have to work hard in the businesses you invest in.”


“I do not run late. Growing up on a farm, you’re just not late when it’s time to do chores or go to work. I grew up Mennonite, and so that work ethic and timeliness was just ingrained in me from a very young age.”

“I don’t like Las Vegas. I’d rather be mountain biking or climbing.”

“I got more out of the farm than Harvard Business School.”

“I love making a difference, and doing it quickly.”

“I pass on any opportunity I see that I can’t add value on.”

“I usually tell people upfront what to expect, and that I really want their feedback and their ideas, and if they think I’ve got a hair out of place or food stuck in my teeth, gosh, I want to know that.”

“If you have a chance of working for a healthy company or a sick one, choose the sick one. The sickest ones need the best doctors and it’s a lot easier to stand out in a company that needs help.”

“I’m not bothered by the food Nazis. Customers ought to be able to pick what they want to eat.”

“It’s all about having a product that you’re proud of and coming to work every day. Those basic building blocks are the same in any business.”

“It’s all about the money. Write a check, and you can build anything you want.”

“It’s hard for the same people who put you in the ditch to pull you out of it.”

“The most important thing is that you treat everybody incredibly well and lead with a bit of humility. I’ve found that when I go into a company to lead, it’s important to have a plan and to make that plan a simple one that everybody can understand.”

“The whole concept of treating people with dignity and respect is a concept that isn’t a business concept, it’s a life concept. It’s who you are at the end of the day.”

“There’s nothing magic about working with franchisees. What you have to do is help them improve their business.”

“What I love to do is take on business challenges in a way that really can have an impact on peoples’ lives.”

“What you can do is ask: ‘What is the value to the customer? What are they willing to pay for?’ Then, deliver great products and services.”

“When you run a company, you need to be pretty open-minded. There are a lot of different views on faith, on religion, on many different issues, and you can’t let your own faith be the barometer.”

Greg Brenneman makes this special appearance to discuss his talent and philosophy in what it takes to turn around a business.