Founder & VP of Brand Development
|award:||Entrepreneur of the Year|
|company:||Chicken Salad Chick|
Brown, a College of Liberal Arts alumna, used the kitchen of her Auburn home as a point-of-sale and flavor lab for meals that now satisfy diners in eight states. She began making batches of chicken salad for friends and neighbors, beginning with one recipe and adding four variations. When a local health inspector informed her that it was against the law to sell food from a home kitchen, Brown heeded the advice of her friend and eventual husband, Kevin, and opened a storefront location in Auburn. Demand soon led to more locations, which led to the visiting parents of Auburn students asking Brown if she would consider putting restaurants in other cities and states. Buoyed by flavors like “Nutty Nana,” “Jazzy Julie,” and “Sassy Scotty” – named for important women in Brown’s life – Chicken Salad Chick has now grown to 52 locations with more than 140 others on the way. Kevin and Stacy Brown also established the Chicken Salad Chick Foundation in June 2014. The foundation focuses on two primary initiatives – feeding the hungry and fighting cancer.