GGA Board Member
Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Zagat Survey
Tim Zagat is the co-Founder, co-Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Zagat Survey®. He earned an LL.B. from Yale Law School in 1966 and a B.A. from Harvard College in 1961. Between college and law school, Tim was Vice President of the United States National Student Association and Director of Reading Material Programs for the Peace Corps. After law school, he was a litigator for 20 years, the last seven of which as Chief Litigation Counsel of Gulf & Western Industries, Inc.
Tim has served in various prominent civic, cultural and charitable capacities. He is currently a board member of the Partnership for NYC, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and NYC & Company, the official marketing, promotion and tourism arm of New York City, which he chaired twice. For his role in responding to 9/11, Tim received l'Ordre de Merite from the French Government.
The Zagats were recognized as Entrepreneurs of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2000 and in 2001 were inducted into New York University's Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. They are also inductees of the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor and the James Beard Who's Who in Food & Beverage, are Fellows of the Culinary Institute of America, and have served on the White House Conference on Travel and Tourism.