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James Maynard, a 1965 graduate of East Carolina University, started with a single steakhouse in Fayetteville and built it into a $1 billion business. Maynard is the co-founder and chairman of the company that runs the Golden Corral restaurant chain. Golden Corral, with around 500 restaurants, ranks number one in the family-style buffet restaurant industry with a 40 percent share of the market.
We the People of North Carolina magazine features James H. Maynard in its Businessman in the News section. Maynard, a 1965 graduate of East Carolina University, and his friend and business partner William F. Carl, started Golden Corral Restaurants in 1983 with one restaurant in Fayetteville. Today the two men head the 325-unit Golden Corral Corporation with headquarters in Raleigh.