The Power List 2017: Brett Schulman

January 24, 2017

A year after helping Cava Mezze Grill raise more than $60 million from investors, CEO Brett Schulman is raising funds for the 22-unit chain’s employees in the form of a $13-per-hour starting wage, as well as paid leave and a 401(k) program.

Cava’s program will likely serve as a test case for managing intentionally higher labor costs in order to attract and retain staff, while also setting ambitious expansion targets in high-cost markets like Southern California, New York and Cava’s home turf of Washington, D.C.

“We like to say a happy team equals happy customers equals a happy business,” Schulman