Lawrence E. Hyatt

Vice President, Board of Directors

Larry currently serves as Vice President of the Board of the Akiva School, and leads its Life & Legacy initiative. Larry and his wife Carol moved to Middle Tennessee in 2004, after living in Cleveland, Ohio for 2 ½ years, and in Washington, DC for more than 20 years.  They have two grown children; a son who is married and lives in the Sylvan Park neighborhood of Nashville; and a daughter who lives in Austin, TX.  They also have a two-year old granddaughter, who will hopefully attend Akiva.

Larry grew up in Queens, New York, and attended Williams College and Harvard Business School. He has over 35 years of experience in corporate finance, including 18 years as Chief Financial Officer of five different publicly-listed companies.  He retired in June of 2016 as Chief Financial Officer of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.  He served as CFO and Treasurer at O’Charley’s, Inc. between 2004 and 2010, and also served as its Interim Chief Executive Officer for six months in 2009.  Previous positions include serving as Executive VP and CFO of Cole National Corporate, a specialty retailer; as Chief Financial and Restructuring Officer of PSINet, Inc., the World’s first internet service provider; as CFO of HMS Host Corporation, a subsidiary of Autogrill S.p A.; and as CFO of Sodexho Marriott Services, Inc. and its predecessor company. 

Larry and Carol were founding members of Congregation Or Chadash in Germantown, Maryland, where Larry served as Congregation President for two years.  In the Nashville community, Larry has served as Treasurer of both Congregation Micah and Jewish Family Services, as a member of the Federation Grants Committee, and as a Board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs.

Larry currently serves as a Board member and Chairman of the Audit Committee for Carrols Restaurant Group, the World’s largest and only publicly traded Burger King Franchisee.  He served for 11 years as a Board member and Chairman of the Audit Committee for CitiTrends Inc., a NASDAQ-listed apparel retailer.  He also serves on the Advisory Board of Unidine Corporation, a privately-held foodservice company in Boston. He is a volunteer small-business counselor with SCORE (the Service Core of Retired Executives).