Meet the BHM 205: Jim Keet

Keet was tapped as the president and CEO of Taziki’s—owners of the popular Taziki’s Mediterranean Café—in 2012, with a mission to take the restaurants through the expansion process. Keet has more than four decades of experience in the restaurant industry. Among other positions, he has served as chairman and founder of Guest House International, president and CEO of Barnhills Buffets Inc., and chairman of Maxies of America Inc. Keet worked his way through college in the restaurant and hotel business.

Alma Mater Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas (B.B.A., finance)

Toughest Challenge Recruiting, hiring, and retaining a world-class staff

Beverage of Choice Scotch on the rocks or a glass of Puligny Montrachet

Bucket List: Skydive with my oldest son…or any other willing participant

Favorite Musicians: Paul McCartney and Nora Jones