Cameron Mitchell is the founder and CEO of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR), which is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio and celebrates 30 years of business in 2023.
Cameron’s rise has been called “a dish room to boardroom story,” as he began his career in the restaurant industry more than 40 years ago as a dishwasher at a local Columbus steakhouse. He decided he wanted to make the restaurant business his life’s work, and in October 1993, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants began with the launch of Cameron’s, an intimate, contemporary American bistro in northwest Columbus. Today, CMR operates 47 restaurant locations under 21 concepts, in addition to Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, Budd Dairy Food Hall, Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern (22 locations) and the virtual kitchen, Cluck Norris. Additionally, the company’s national flagship brand, Ocean Prime, has 19 locations in 14 states, plus the District of Columbia.
In 2019, Cameron published his book, Yes is the Answer ! What is the Question?, which made Forbes’ list of 12 Best Business Memoirs of all Time. In addition, his successes in business and keen understanding of the restaurant industry has earned him countless awards and acknowledgements. Most recently, Cameron was honored with the 2023 Entrepreneur of the Year East Central Lifetime Achievement Award from Ernst & Young (EY).