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Bert Thornton

Business Partner, iFolio

Vice Chairman Emeritus, Waffle House   

Bert Thornton

Business Partner, iFolio


Waffle House Vice Chairman EmeritusTrustee, Georgia Tech Foundation
Former President of Georgia Tech Alumni Association
Current Board of Advisers, former Trustee, The Museum School of Avondale Estates 


Author of “Find an Old Gorilla: Pathways Through the Jungle of Business and Life”  


Success Leader/ Motivational Speaker

About Bert

Bert Thornton is a Georgia Institute of Technology Graduate where he played collegiate football and joined Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.  After graduation he spent 2 years in the United States Army.

Bert joined Waffle House in 1971, and in four years was named a Vice President.  In 2004, he was named President and Chief Operations Officer.

Currently, he travels to different conferences speaking about his book, "Find an Old Gorilla: Pathways Through the Jungle of Business and Life."

Key Achievements


Bert's first published book guiding people to success
Bert's famous chili -  WAHO sells 11 million bowls each year
EntreCon Keynote Speaker 2017

Basic Laws of Success

Bert now is a professional highlighting the basic laws of success. He encourages people to follow his tactics of  a great attitude, self reflection, and productive time management.

Workplace Ideals 

Through his book and speeches, Bert identifies the underlying key to a successful company.

Georgia Tech Alumni

He is an active member of Georgia Tech's alumni base where he has served as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Trustees, President of the Alumni Association, and currently a member of Georgia Tech Foundation Board of Trustees and Finance committee. 

Bert received the Joseph Mayo Petit Alumni Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor given by the Georgia Tech Alumni Association. 

Family Man

Bert is a family man. He is a husband to his wife Kathy and a father to his daughters Aspen, Chaice, and Mayson, all Georgia Tech graduates. 

He enjoys spending time with his wife, daughters and grandchildren, and friends.

United States Army 

Bert spent two years as an Artillery Officer in the United States Army. He served one tour with the 5th Battalion, 2nd Artillery in South Vietnam. 

GA Tech Football

Bert attended the Georgia Institute of Technology on a full football scholarship. 

iFOLIO Students Accessing Opportunities

Bert introduced iFOLIO to The Museum School of Avondale Estates (TMS).  All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students at TMS are equipped with iFolio until they graduate high school.

Students using iFOLIO have received $100,000 merit scholarship awards.  

Students using iFOLIOS were admitted to: Yale University, Johns Hopkins, California Institute of Technology, Cornell, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Northeastern, Case Western, University of Wisconsin, Purdue, University of Georgia, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Texas Christian University, Auburn University, University of South Carolina Honors, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Mercer, among others.

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