The Palm FamilySince opening the doors of our first restaurant in 1926, our family has grown far beyond the Bozzis and Ganzis, to include many outstanding men and women who keep our traditions alive, our kitchens innovative, and our commitment to quality unmatched. We’d like to introduce you to a few of them.
Co-Chairman and Co-Owner
Walter Ganzi Jr. (Wally) is co-chairman and co-owner of The Palm Restaurants and Palm Restaurant Group. He is the third generation of the Ganzi family to own and operate the prolific company. Wally began working at The Palm’s original restaurant in Manhattan in the early 1960s where he learned the business first-hand from his father, Walter Ganzi Sr., as well as grandfather and founder, John Ganzi.
Wally oversees the management of the company, strategic planning and long-term development. He spends much of his time working on the fiscal management, development and expansion. During his tenure The Palm has grown from one to 24 locations.
The Palm was among the first white tablecloth restaurant concepts to expand across the United States. Wally was a pioneer in the expansion process through incomparable, hands-on personal attention. With each new Palm, Wally moved his family to the new city to develop The Palm’s culture, focus on quality, unsurpassed customer service and Palm-style hospitality first hand. It is this level of dedication that earned him a place in The Nation’s Restaurant News Fine Dining Hall of Fame.
His passion for the business has extended into many personal relationships with The Palm’s famous customers. His fondest celebrity moments include dining with Henry and Jane Fonda, and watching Fred Astaire tap dance on the bar at The Palm Los Angeles in celebration of his caricature. After many years, he remains close friends with such notable customers as President George H. W. Bush, with whom he worked for many years, George Hamilton, Brian Dennehy, Brenda Vaccaro, Cheryl Ladd, Dinah Shore and many others.
Wally honed his skills as a restaurateur at the prestigious restaurant and hospitality school, Paul Smith’s College, from which he graduated in 1963. He continued his education at Denver University, and earned honorary doctorates of business administration in foodservice management from both Johnson & Wales and Paul Smith’s College.
One of the school’s most active alumni, Wally financed the creation of The Wally Ganzi Jr. Restaurant Training Center at Paul Smith’s College in 2005. The 50-seat training restaurant includes a fully operational commercial kitchen, technology lab, interview suite and resource center.
An active philanthropist, Wally resides in Naples, FL enjoying time with his wife Sandy, his children and grandchildren. In his spare time Wally enjoys traveling, the outdoors, fly fishing, playing golf, riding horses and skiing.
Bruce Bozzi Sr.
Co-Chairman and Co-Owner
Bruce Bozzi Sr. is co-chairman and co-owner of The Palm Restaurants and The Palm Restaurant Group. Bruce got his start at The Palm in the early 1960s while he was in college, later taking over the business from his father, Bruno Bozzi. As the third generation of the Bozzi family to own and operate The Palm, together with business partner Wally Ganzi, Bruce has grown The Palm from a single New York restaurant to a leading restaurant company with locations across the U.S. and in Mexico.
Bruce oversees company strategy and works to ensure that The Palm’s family values and high standards of customer service remain intact across all restaurants. A driving force behind the restaurant’s expansion, which began in 1972, Bruce continues to advise development decisions today. He is also credited with introducing jumbo lobsters to The Palm menu, which dispelled the myth that meat from large lobsters was tough and helped popularize the surf and turf concept worldwide.
Proud of the family tradition behind The Palm, Bruce has groomed his son, Bruce Bozzi Jr., to continue the Bozzi family legacy of nurturing important relationships with longtime staff members and ensuring they feel like part of the family.
Bruce divides his time between Manhattan, East Hampton, and Florida. He married his high school sweetheart over 50 years ago, and is the proud father of two children and four grandchildren. While he enjoys a good game of golf, he attributes much of The Palm’s success to his New York sensibilities of passion, directness and the ability to get things done in a fast-paced environment – values which are reflected in every Palm restaurant.
Bruce Bozzi Jr.
Executive Vice President
Bruce Bozzi Jr. is executive vice president of The Palm Restaurant Group. He is the fourth-generation descendant of The Palm’s co-founder and the son of co-chairman and co-owner Bruce Bozzi Sr.
Bruce grew up at The Palm, holding his first official positions at Palm One and Palm Too in 1985, where he worked summers while attending the University of Southern California. After spending three years at The Palm East Hampton, he moved into the catering sales role at Palm Too. From there, he spent three years as assistant general manager of The Palm West Side and served as regional director of operations for The Palm’s 10 locations in the Northeast before his promotion to executive vice president.
As executive vice president, Bruce directs the company’s marketing, culinary, and human resource teams and regularly visits Palm locations throughout the country to ensure that all restaurants maintain the same rigorous standards of quality, hospitality and tradition.
Previously splitting his time between New York and Washington, DC, Bruce moved to Los Angeles in 2008. From his new home, Bruce became the ambassador of The Palm brand upon the occasion of the company’s 85th anniversary in 2011, leading to television appearances and the launch of the Lunch with Bruce radio program.
Bruce, an active philanthropist and advocate, is married and a proud father and stepfather. He is active with the Good+ Foundation and GLSEN, which recognized him the GLSEN Champion Award in 2017 for his leadership on LBGTQ issues in K-12 education, working to form gay-straight organization alliances and provide resources for educators and school-aged kids.
Vice President, Culinary Operations
Longtime friends became family when Tony’s sister married Bruce Bozzi Sr. An accomplished chef, Tony joined The Palm Restaurant Group in 1964. Spearheading the culinary area for the entire restaurant group, Tony specializes in quality control, menu development, and the management of our chefs and kitchen staff. As Vice President, Culinary Operations, he travels to each of The Palm’s locations to ensure that the highest level of culinary execution is maintained. He also oversees the opening of all new restaurants.
Tony started out at The Palm’s flagship Second Avenue location as a “pantry man” responsible for making salads. Through sheer skill, determination, and dedication, he rose to become the restaurant’s executive chef. After a lengthy tenure with The Palm, Tony was given the opportunity to open Lock, Stock, and Barrel, his own restaurant in Darien, Conn. Five years later, he sold the restaurant and re-launched his career with The Palm, opening Palm Too on Second Avenue in Manhattan.
Tony has been featured on numerous media outlets including The Discovery Channel, Extra!, The Dennis Miller Show, Good Day Los Angeles, the Food & Wine Radio Network, and Forbes.com. He is also a member of Chefs in America and the James Beard Foundation. Tony lives in Miami with the most well-fed pampered pooch on the planet.
Son of second-generation restaurateur Walter Ganzi Sr., Victor has never drifted too far from the family business. Although he pursued many professional interests in law and business, Victor credits his early experience serving at the family restaurant as a meaningful contribution to his leadership skills and work ethic.
Besides serving on the board of Palm Management Corporation, Victor also serves as a board director for global risk management leader, Willis Towers Watson. Victor previously rose through the ranks, ultimately becoming President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hearst Corporation. Prior to joining Hearst, Victor was the managing partner at the international law firm of Rogers & Wells (now part of Clifford Chance). Victor graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University with a B.S. in Accounting, received a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and holds an L.L.M. in Taxation from New York University.
Victor continues to contribute to his family’s legacy by providing his exceptional expertise gained during a diverse career in law and finance and his service on several boards of directors.