Samuel N. Borgese
Samuel N. Borgese has been a director since 2011, and he served as Chairman of our Board from January 2011 to December 2011, while he also served as our Executive Chairman. Samuel N. Borgese is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gather Holdings, LLC the equity owner of Shari’s CP, LLC and Shari’s Management Corporation. Since 2017, Mr. Borgese has been President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Shari’s Management Corporation and Shari’s Restaurant Group, a multi-location family dining company. Since 2011, Mr. Borgese has been Managing Partner of Aceneca, LLC, a restaurant investment and consulting firm focused on creating shared value in the restaurant and other business sectors. From October 2014 to August 2016, he was President and Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the board of directors, of LRI Holdings, Inc., and its affiliates Logan’s Roadhouse, Inc., and Roadhouse Holding Inc., collectively known as Logan’s Roadhouse, a casual dining steakhouse chain. In August 2016, the Logan’s Roadhouse entities and various of their affiliates filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Mr. Borgese left Logan’s Roadhouse in August 2016, following the declaration of bankruptcy. From 2011 to 2014, he was Chief Executive Officer of Max Brenner International, a global chocolatier. From 2008 to 2011, he was first Interim President and Chief Executive Officer and then permanent President and Chief Executive Officer of CB Holding Corp., the parent of Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse and other chains, which was owned by Trimaran Capital Partners. From 2003 to 2008, he was employed by Catalina Restaurant Group, first as Chief Development Officer and later as President and Chief Executive Officer. Before that, Mr. Borgese was Chief Executive Officer of Bay Logics, Inc. an enterprise software company that supported 300 restaurant, retail, hospitality and general services businesses in the lifecycle management of their real estate assets. Mr. Borgese attended Temple University’s Architecture and Engineering school and holds a Certificate of Director Education from the National Association of Corporate Directors and a Certification of Completion of Harvard Business School Executive Education Program, CSV Program. With more than 30 years of senior executive and other leadership positions with public and private companies in the retail, technology, restaurant and hospitality sectors, Mr. Borgese is well qualified to serve on our Board.