On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the publication of Atlas Shrugged, The Atlas Society is hosting a black tie dinner in Manhattan. The evening will include a keynote address by Andy Puzder and awards presentation.


The Princeton Club of New York

15 W 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036


October 10, 2017

Reception: 6:30pm
Dinner: 7:30pm


Black Tie

Andy Puzder

About The Keynote

Andy Puzder

Andy Puzder was raised in a working class community in Cleveland, Ohio. Andy’s ambition was to become a lawyer. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University, becoming the first in his family to graduate from college, and a law degree at Washington University. Andy eventually talked his way into his first job at a small law firm in St. Louis.  In 1997, Mr. Puzder was named Executive Vice President and General Counsel for CKE Restaurants. That same year, CKE purchased Hardee’s Food Systems, Inc., which owned the Hardee’s quick-service restaurant brand. Hardee’s was a distressed brand and CKE was burdened by over $700 million in debt following the acquisition. Faced with serious financial and operational issues, CKE’s Board of Directors named Puzder as president and CEO of Hardee’s Food Systems in June 2000 and named him president and CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc. in September of that year.

Puzder is credited with turning around both the Hardee’s brand and CKE, allowing the company to survive, become financially secure, return to growth, and employ tens of thousands of people. In 2010, he co-wrote the book Job Creation: How It Really Works and Why Government Doesn’t Understand It, in which he helped provide a framework for instilling strong optimism among U.S. businesses that will create millions of new jobs. Mr. Puzder has six children and six grandchildren. Mr. Puzder and his wife Dee live in Franklin, Tennessee.

Host Committee

Cliff Asness
John Aglialoro
Baron Bond
Franklin Brooks

Jim Caruso
Steve Forbes
John Fund
C. Boyden Gray III

Jay Lapeyre
Steve Moore
Grover Norquist
Jeffrey A. Tucker