Prior to his retirement in July 2009, Paul E. Avery served as Chief Operating Officer of OSI Restaurant Partners, Inc. since May 2005. He oversaw operation of Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Lee Roy Selmon's, Ala Carte Pavilion and Outback International. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Outback Steakhouse, Inc. in January 2004 and served as President of Outback Steakhouse, Inc. starting in April 1997.
Paul was elected to the Board of Directors in 1998 and served until April 2004. He has an Associate Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Middlesex County College and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Kean University, both in New Jersey. Paul currently serves on the Board of Directors for Suntrust Bank - Tampa Bay,and The Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). He is a Trustee for Paul Smith's College NY.