Prior to assuming his current role in early 2011, James spent 15 years in various leadership roles in the Company’s Human Resources department, including serving as the National Field Human Resources Director for the Taco Bell Brand. He also spent 15 years in restaurant operations. Fripp holds a Degree in Business Management and is a certified Unconscious Bias facilitator.
Fripp has served as a mentor as part of the Black Achiever’s Program and as President of the Board of Education for St. Mary’s Catholic School. He has also served as a member of the Kansas State University Marketing and International Advisory Committee, as well as the University of Missouri at Columbia Hotel Restaurant Management Advisory Committee. Currently James is the Chair of the TDN2K Advisory Board, the Chair of the Conference Board’s Global Chief Diversity Officers Council, Chair of the Consortium for Graduate Study’s in Management Advisory Board and is a Board member of the Multi-Cultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance. He and his wife are parents to three young men and reside in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.