Rick FedericoPresident, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Phoenix Age: 41. Why he's rising: Brinker CEO Ron McDougal and concept guru Phil Romano usually get the credit for Macaroni Grill's success. But cognoscenti know Federico guided the chain's rapid growth. Ladder climbing: 1981-89, partner, Grady's Goodtimes; 1989-93, senior vice president, Romano's Macaroni Grill; 1993-1996, president of Italian concepts, Brinker International. Schooling: B.A., University of Tennessee. Performance: Solid ...

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