QSR Magazine rounded up 20 of the most influential leaders who have shaped the past two decades of quick-service and fast-casual success, including The Elliot Group’s CEO and Founder, Alice Elliot.

Alice Elliot may not have ever masterminded a miraculous quick-serve restaurant turnaround or helmed a fast-casual rising star, but as the leader of the industry’s most respected headhunting firm, she’s easily been one of its most influential players of the past quarter century. The native New Yorker launched her first solo personnel venture out of a one-bedroom apartment in 1984 and has since grown The Elliot Group the same way she matches people to the perfect job: one relationship at a time. Her knack for finding and nurturing human capital is complemented by a near-inexhaustible passion for mentoring and coaching—oh, and knowing when a little blunt feedback is necessary.

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