Laurance Robert

    Laurance Roberts
    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Laurance Roberts has served as a director and as our President and Chief Executive Officer since March 2022. Previously, he was our interim Chief Executive Officer from October 2021 to March 2022 and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from July 2013 to March 2022. From 2008 to 2012 he was Chief Operating Officer for KFC, a major fried chicken restaurant chain and a division of Yum Brands. In 2008, he was also General Manager for KFC Restaurant Operating Company. Prior to that that, he spent three years as Chief Financial Officer of KFC, and three years as Chief Financial Officer of Yum Brands’ Pizza Hut joint venture in the United Kingdom. Mr. Roberts holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bucknell University. In light of his leadership as our Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer and his deep and detailed knowledge of our business and the industry, Mr. Roberts is well-qualified to serve on our Board.

    Nancy Faginas-Cody

    Nancy Faginas-Cody
    Director

    Nancy Faginas-Cody has been a director since December 2021. Ms. Faginas-Cody retired from Walt Disney Company as the Senior Vice President, Information Technology Enterprise Business Systems, a position she held from 2013 to 2020. She previously served as Vice President, Information Technology for Disney Consumer Products, Inc. from 2004 to 2013 and as Director, Information Technology for Disney Stores Worldwide from 1999 to 2004. In her most recent role with Walt Disney Company, she was responsible for the global corporate enterprise business systems. Prior to Walt Disney Company, Ms. Faginas-Cody served in IT leadership roles for retailers such as FEDCO and MacFrugal’s. Ms. Faginas-Cody holds an MBA from the University of California-Irvine and a bachelor’s degree in economics from California State University-Fullerton. With more than 40 years of experience in Information Technology, Ms. Faginas-Cody is well-qualified to serve on our Board.

    Deborah Gonzalez

    Deborah Gonzalez
    Director

    Deborah Gonzalez has been a director since December 2021. Ms. Gonzalez brings over 30 years of brand marketing experience to our Board. Ms. Gonzalez currently serves as Senior Vice President, Global Marketing & Communications for Concentrix Corporation, a leading global provider of customer experience solutions and technology, a position she has held since 2020. Previously, Ms. Gonzalez held senior leadership positions in diverse industries, such as Senior Partner for CMO Consulting Group from 2018 to 2020, Chief Brand/Marketing Officer for Massage Envy Franchising from 2014-2018 and various senior leadership roles at PetSmart, Inc. from 2002 to 2014, including Vice President, Merchandising Marketing. Ms. Gonzalez holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a bachelor’s degree in economics from University of San Diego. With Ms. Gonzalez’s specific expertise in delivering marketing programs that help grow demand and loyalty with a focus on customer experience, she is well-qualified to serve on our Board.

    Douglas Babb

    Douglas J. Babb
    Director

    Douglas J. Babb has been a director since 2018. From 2007 until 2014, he was Chief Executive Officer of Cooper Clinic, P.A. ("Cooper"), one of the largest multi-specialty, physician-owned clinics in the Arkansas region. Since his retirement as Chief Executive Officer, he has served as an adviser to the board of Cooper. Additionally, from 2010 to 2014, he served as an Adjunct Instructor for the College of Business at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. From 2015 to 2017, he served as Managing Director for Babb Strategic Services, L.L.P. (“Babb Strategic”), a consulting and strategic planning services company that he formed in 2006. Prior to forming Babb Strategic, he served as Executive Vice President - Chief Administrative and Legal Officer, and Secretary of Beverly Enterprises, Inc., a leading provider of healthcare services to the elderly in the United States, from 2000 to 2006. Prior to that he served in various senior executive roles at Burlington Northern, Inc., a diversified transportation company and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation, from 1978 to 1999 and as Staff Counsel for the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office from 1977 to 1978. Mr. Babb is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United States Marshals Museum and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University and a J.D. from University of South Carolina. Mr. Babb is well-qualified to serve on our Board on account of his extensive experience, in particular the successful turnaround of Beverly Enterprises.

    Carol "Lili" Lynton

    Carol Lynton
    Director

    Carol (“Lili”) Lynton has been a director since 2016. In December 2019, Ms. Lynton became a director of Gaming & Leisure Properties, Inc., a gaming-focused real estate investment trust, and in September 2019, became a trustee and Chair of the Audit Committee of CIM RACR, an SEC registered interval fund. Since 1992, Ms. Lynton has been an operating partner for The Dinex Group, which operates Daniel Boulud branded restaurants, and which she co-founded. From 2012 to 2019, Ms. Lynton served as director of PR NYC, LLC, a restaurant owner and operator based in New York City. Also, since 1987, Ms. Lynton has served as the chief investment officer of HD American Trust, a family investment office. In 1990, Ms. Lynton co-founded Telebank, an internet banking pioneer sold to E*Trade in 1999. From 1987 to 1990, Ms. Lynton was an investment analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein. From 1983 to 1985, Ms. Lynton was an M&A analyst at Lehman Brothers. Ms. Lynton is an advisory board member for The Hamilton Project; a member of the boards of trustees for East Harlem Scholars Academy, East Harlem Scholars Academy II, and East Harlem Tutorial Program; a board member for The Bail Project; and a board member for the New York City Hospitality Alliance. From 2009 to 2011, Ms. Lynton was a senior vice president with the New York City Investment Fund. Ms. Lynton also holds positions at other private or closely held organizations, including Lynton Asset LP, HDA 2015 Trust, and the Lynton Foundation. Ms. Lynton holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ms. Lynton is well-qualified to serve on our Board on account of her extensive experience as a restaurant industry executive and investor.

    Samuel Borgese

    Samuel N. Borgese
    Director

    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.

    John Roth

    John M. Roth
    Director

    John M. Roth has been a director since 2007. He has been with Freeman Spogli & Co. (collectively with certain funds managed by it, “Freeman Spogli”), one of our principal investors, since 1988, and has been a General Partner there since 1993, where he now serves as Chief Executive Officer, a position he has held since 2016. From 1984 to 1988, Mr. Roth was employed by Kidder, Peabody & Incorporated in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group. Mr. Roth has served on the board of directors of Arhaus, Inc. and predecessor entities from 2014 to the present. Mr. Roth has served on the board of directors of Floor & Decor Holdings, Inc., from 2010 to 2020. From 2005 to 2017, he served on the board of directors of hhgregg, Inc. Mr. Roth received an MBA and a bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. With his extensive experience as a board member of numerous retail and consumer businesses and his experience and insights into strategic expansion opportunities, capital markets, and capitalization strategies, Mr. Roth is well-qualified to serve on our Board.

    Dean Kehler

      Dean C. Kehler
      Director

      Dean C. Kehler has been a director since 2005. In 1998, he co-founded Trimaran Fund, one of our principal investors, where he is a Managing Partner, and serves as a Manager of Trimaran Fund II. Mr. Kehler is also currently the Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GX Acquisition Corp. II, a position he has held since August 2018. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Kehler held senior positions at CIBC, including Vice Chairman of CIBC World Markets Corp. Mr. Kehler currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Portman Ridge Finance Corporation (formerly KCAP Financial Inc.) and Celularity, Inc. Within the last five years, he has served a director of Inviva Inc., Security First Corp. and Graphene Frontiers, LLC. He holds a bachelor's degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Because of his strong background in banking and finance, his many years of experience overseeing this and other corporations, and his knowledge of management and strategy, Mr. Kehler is well-qualified to serve on our Board.

      William Floyd

      William Floyd
      Director

      William R. Floyd has been a director since 2016. From 2012 to 2019, Mr. Floyd was a director of Korn/Ferry International, a major executive recruiting firm and talent consultancy, as well as Pivot Physical Therapy, a regional outpatient physical therapy provider. In addition, he served as a business development corporation board member of Muzinich Capital LLC and a broker-dealer affiliated with Muzinich & Co., Inc., a global institutional asset manager specializing in corporate credit from 2016 to 2019. From October 2017 to June 2020, Mr. Floyd served as Chairman of Busaba Restaurants, a U.K. based Thai restaurant concept for which Muzinich is the principal debt holder. From 2009 to 2012, he was Chairman of the Board of Buffet Holdings, Inc., which, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates a chain of restaurants in the United States. Before his retirement as an executive, from 2007 to 2008, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Physiotherapy Associates, a leading provider of outpatient physical rehabilitation services. From 2006 to 2007, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Benchmark Medical, Inc., a predecessor to Physiotherapy Associates. From 2001 to 2006, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Beverly Enterprises, Inc., a leading provider of eldercare services. From 2000 to 2001, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Beverly Enterprises, Inc. From 1996 to 1998, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Choice Hotels International. From 1989 to 1996, he served in various executive positions within PepsiCo Inc.’s restaurant group, including, from 1995 to 1996, as Chief Operating Officer of Taco Bell Corp., and, from 1994 to 1995, as Chief Operating Officer of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Mr. Floyd holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing from 2006-2021. Because of his 30 plus years of experience in marketing, management, and operations, as a director, executive, and senior manager in the service industry, with a particular focus on food service, Mr. Floyd is well-qualified to serve on our Board.

      Michael Maselli

        Michael G. Maselli
        Chairman and Director

        Michael G. Maselli has been Chairperson of our Board since 2011. Mr. Maselli is a managing director of Trimaran Fund Management, L.L.C. ("Trimaran Fund"), a position he has held since 2006, and is also currently the President of Acquisitions of GX Acquisition Corp. II. Before joining Trimaran Fund in February 2006, Mr. Maselli worked in the Corporate and Leverage Finance Groups of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce ("CIBC") World Markets. Prior to joining CIBC in 1997, Mr. Maselli served as a Managing Director in Bear Stearns’ corporate finance group and, prior to that, as a Vice President at Kidder Peabody & Co. Incorporated. Mr. Maselli served on the board of ChanceLight, Inc. (f/k/a Educational Services of America, Inc.) until 2018. From 2013 to 2015, he served on the board of directors of Norcraft Companies, Inc., and also served on the board of managers of its predecessor company beginning in 2003. Additionally, Mr. Maselli served on the board of directors of Standard Steel, LLC, and was director as well as Chairman of the Board of CB Holding Corp. Mr. Maselli received an MBA with distinction from The A.B. Freeman School at Tulane University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Colorado. With his extensive background in banking, finance, and private equity, his supervisory and investment experience in a variety of industries, and his knowledge of us and our affiliates, Mr. Maselli is well-qualified to serve as our Chairperson.