Bauer Hosts Potbelly CEO For Oct. 15 “Inspiring Minds”

Published on October 7, 2015

Online Registration Closes This Week for “Lessons in Leadership” Talk from Aylwin Lewis (’76, MBA ’90)

Potbelly Sandwich Works Chairman, CEO and President Aylwin Lewis (’76, MBA ’90) will speak during the Inspiring Minds lecture series on Oct. 15.

Bauer College will welcome Potbelly Sandwich Works Chairman, CEO and President Aylwin Lewis (’76, MBA ’90) next week for the fall installment of the “Inspiring Minds” speaker series on Oct. 15.

The event is part of a daylong visit to campus for Lewis, who also serves on the Bauer College Board. He’ll first meet with local high school students during a breakfast session organized by Bauer College. Afterward, he will participate in a meeting of the board, followed by a fireside chat with Bauer student leaders before closing his day giving his “Lessons in Leadership” presentation.

“Inspiring Minds” is free and open to the public. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Rockwell Pavilion of MD Anderson Library, followed by Lewis’ talk at 6 p.m. Online registration is open until Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Lewis’ journey began Houston’s Third Ward. Every Sunday, he would pass the University of Houston campus with his mother on their way to church. He described those early life lessons during a dinner this spring to celebrate Bauer MBA and MS Finance graduates, serving as keynote speaker.

“There are no shortcuts in life,” Lewis said. “It is a small world, and treating people well just really pays.”

Aylwin Lewis (’76, MBA ’90)
CEO and President
Potbelly Sandwich Works

Aylwin Lewis has served as Potbelly Sandwich Works’ chairman, CEO and president since June 2008. Before serving at Potbelly Sandwich Works, Lewis served as CEO and president of Sears Holdings Corporation from 2005 to 2008.

Lewis has almost 30 years of experience in the food industry. Lewis was chief multi-branding and operating officer of YUM! Brands, Inc., a franchisor and licensor of quick service restaurants including KFC, Long John Silvers, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and A&W, from 2003 until October 2004, chief operating officer of YUM! Brands, Inc. from 2000 until 2003, and chief operating officer of Pizza Hut from 1996. Lewis also serves on the board of directors of the Walt Disney Company and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Lewis was born in Houston. He received dual bachelor degrees in Business Management and English Literature and an MBA from the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.