CARROLLTON, GA – He’s already received accolades this year for reaching a major milestone, but Scott Deviney was honored again Thursday night – this time by his high school alma mater – when he was presented the 2017 Carrollton High School Distinguished Alumni Award.
Deviney, a 1989 graduate of CHS, took top honors in February at the University of Georgia’s 2017 Bulldog 100 Celebration for running the fastest-growing company headed by a UGA alumnus. This accomplishment, coupled with other business successes over the past two decades, earned him the high school distinction, joining the ranks of other exceptional CHS graduates.
Since 2015, Mr. Deviney has been CEO of Chicken Salad Chick, a fast-casual restaurant franchise founded in Auburn, Ala. Under his leadership, the company rose to #39 on Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5,000 list, the most prestigious honor a growing private company can receive. Mr. Deviney built an infrastructure that has allowed the brand to grow from 32 restaurants to 66 currently, including its most recent opening in Newnan at Ashley Park.
His experience with the restaurant business was well developed before his affiliation with Chicken Salad Chick. He is the former majority owner and president of 24 Wendy’s restaurants in the metro Atlanta area, an operation he ran for nine years. During that time, his financial prowess took five struggling restaurants from a net loss of $50,000 per year to a profit of more than $325,000 annually.
Once Mr. Deviney received his degree in economics from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia in 1995, he spent many years in the banking industry as a commercial banker building client relationships, starting first with SunTrust Bank and transitioning to the First Tennessee Bank footprint, where he was named to the Leadership Circle as one of the organization’s top commercial bankers.
Mr. Deviney’s success is no surprise to those who knew him as a Trojan. During high school, he was very involved in athletics as a football and baseball player and wrestler, and also was a member of numerous school clubs and organizations. He was listed in Who’s Who Among American High School Students and received several other academic honors.
“It is a gratifying feeling to recognize alumni who have gone on to great things after leaving Carrollton High School,” said David Brooks, CHS principal. “Their mark on our world makes us all proud.”