Keith W. Beitler will be the featured speaker at the 43rd Annual Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Dayton Community Center (801 S. Cleveland Street).
As the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Landry’s, Inc. Keith Beitler is innovative and profit-oriented, with demonstrated success in increasing revenues achieving cost reductions and improving guest satisfaction in customer-facing operations and large, diverse organizations. He has a reputation as a strong leader with the ability to analyze issues, devise continuous process improvements and incorporate business process outsourcing initiatives to increase efficiency and streamline operations.
Keith joined Landry’s in 1995 when the company was growing in its early years. Keith started out as the General Manager of one restaurant where thru dedication and hard work, proved to be a critical asset to the company. By 2002, he was promoted to his current position where he continues to excel and develop with the company.
Today, Keith oversees the daily operation of property management including business planning, supervision of personnel and the implementation of company policies and procedures for nearly 80 properties and over 450 store managers. His ever-growing portfolio encompasses the Specialty Restaurant Division, which includes; Aquarium, The Boathouse, Cadillac Bar, Cadillac Mexican Kitchen, Chick-fil-A Express, Dos Caminos, Lighthouse Buffet, Rainforest Cafe (which includes stores in 4 Disney Parks), Troy’s Liquor Bar, T-Rex Cafe (which is one of the highest volume Disney restaurant units) and Yak & Yeti restaurants. His portfolio also includes the Theme Park Division, which consists of the Kemah Boardwalk as well as the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier which offers 2 state-of-the-art 5D theatres. In 2017, he was instrumental in winning an RFP, with the City of San Antonio for the joint operation of Go Rio River Cruises.
In addition to his dedicated work within the United States, Keith also oversees 26 international locations that stretch across the globe. He oversees all Landry’s international related commerce and franchising. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Mera Corporation, an International Restaurant Company. Keith has been a dedicated leader and employee with Landry’s for over 24 years and his leadership skills are essential in Operational and Corporate Strategies, Fundamentals of Management & Culture, Decision on Policies & Procedures in driving the company forward and exceeding Landry’s goals.
Keith was born in Salina, Kansas and moved to Texas in 1958. At the early age of 12, Keith began his restaurant management career learning the industry through his parent’s restaurants. He later graduated from Texarkana College with a degree in Business Administration and Management. Prior to working for Landry’s, he spent 14 years with Gallagher’s Restaurant, Inc. in Houston where he became a General Manager at the age of 20, jump starting his career. Keith was V.P. of Food Service and Transportation for F.F.P. Operating Partners, an oil & gas company in Ft. Worth, Texas for 9 years.
He and his wife Kelly, have been married for 35 years, have three children and one grandchild. Keith currently resides in Missouri City, Texas where he enjoys fishing, playing golf and cheering on the Houston Astros and Dallas Cowboys in his free time.