Introducing  Gray Cat

The reason why Gray Cat Enterprises can supplement your core staff in such a powerful way is that it draws from its wealth of senior-level management experience in the retail industry to serve you:

John Matthews is the President & CEO of Gray Cat Enterprises and is responsible for the management of all consulting activities for the firm that includes retail consulting for multi-unit operations; consumer marketing for companies launching products into the retail sector; and strategic project management.  His 25 years’ experience in retail management includes marketing and operations management, category management, mergers and acquisitions, facilities management, real estate and corporate communications in a spectrum of industries, including quick service restaurant, convenience store operations and general retail.  Mr. Matthews’ views have appeared in various newspaper and industry trade publications including: The New York Times, Convenience Store Decisions, Brandweek, Convenience Store News, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, etc.  He has spoken before hundreds of business groups and appeared on-air with numerous radio and television media outlets:

President of Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, responsible for the management of both the company and franchise  network of restaurant locations.  Jimmy John’s is a $1 billion, quick service restaurant operator with over 1,800 stores in 40 states.


Vice President of Marketing, Merchandising, Corporate Communications, Facilities and Real Estate at Clark Retail Enterprises/White Hen Pantry, simultaneously managed four divisions for Clark Retail Enterprises, the 1,400-store, $3 billion convenience store and petroleum marketing company including White Hen Pantry, Wareco, Minit Mart and Hop-In branded stores.

National Marketing Director at Little Caesar’s, managed and directed all company store and franchise co-op marketing activities in 35 DMA’s for 1,600-stores throughout the United States with an advertising budget exceeding $35 million.  Little Caesars is a $2.0 billion, 3000-store quick service pizza restaurant chain.

Our Mission
Committed to a collaborative, hands-on philosophy, Gray Cat Enterprises’ extensive wealth of industry knowledge and insight translates into your projects being strategically planned and successfully implemented on time, on-target and on-budget.