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Jerry R. Rose
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Jerry R. Rose

Jerry R. Rose served as Corporate Vice President of Cargill, Inc. from 2004 to September 2012. Mr. Rose began his career at Cargill as a Financial Management Trainee and, during his 40-year tenure there, had multiple roles in the Accounting and Finance departments and gained extensive restaurant and supply chain expertise. Mr. Rose spent almost one half of his career working with a large number of restaurant chains, many of which were multi-national. Mr. Rose’s responsibilities included approving major dedicated supply chain operations and major innovation models, all of which required a significant understanding of each chain’s strategy. He drove the strategy for Cargill’s international investment activities and acquisitions, He played a major role in developing Cargill’s international investment activities, as well as serving as chair of the Cargill Business Excellence Committee, which focused on developing high-performance businesses in Cargill worldwide. Mr. Rose was assigned to Sunny Fresh Foods, where he worked for 12 years, rising to President in 1995.  Under Rose’s leadership, Sunny Fresh Foods became the first food company to receive the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award in 1999.  He was a member of the Corporate Center and a platform leader for the Cargill Animal Nutrition, Animal Protein & Salt Platform and the Cargill BioFuels, BioIndustrial & Emerging Business Platform. He is a past member of the North Dakota and Arkansas State Societies of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Mr. Rose is a financial expert who brings to our board experience in strategic planning, acquisitions and capital allocation. He has senior management experience in a large global organization and is an important resource to the company as it expands both domestically and internationally. He brings expertise in food production and processing, food manufacturing, financial markets, transportation and animal nutrition. Mr. Rose is also Chairman of Board of Daybreak Foods, a privately held large egg production company operating in the United States.  Mr. Rose is a past member of our Governance and Audit Committees and was appointed to be our Board chairperson in January 2017.

     
James M. Damian
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James M. Damian

James M. Damian served as Senior Vice President, Chief Design Officer of Best Buy's Customer Experience Design Group, from 1998 through 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Damian held various executive posts throughout the retail industry including Harvey Nichols, a London- based luxury retailer; B.Altman & Co., a specialty department store; R.H. Macy &Co., as Group Vice-President of Store Design; and as President of Hindsgaul Mannequins Worldwide, Copenhagen, London, Paris and New York. He also served as a Board Member of the Minnesota Orchestra from 2003 to 2013. Mr. Damian currently serves on the Boards of Century Park Capital Partners, a Los Angeles based Private Equity Firm; Moss Inc., an Exhibition Design and manufacturing company based in Chicago; and is the Co-Founder and member of the Dotopia Foundation Board for Social Responsibility.

While at Best Buy, Mr. Damian was responsible for reinventing the experience of shopping in mass specialty retail. He uses this experience to bring to our company the relentless pursuit of new concepts that go against the grain and challenge the status quo. He also has expertise in concept development and guest experience and how these transfer to an international model that fits in other cultures. Mr. Damian was our Board Chair until 2016 and now sits on our Audit Committee. 

Member of the Audit Committee    
Cindy L. Davis
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Cindy L. Davis

Cynthia L. Davis served as an executive at Nike for 10 years, most recently as Vice President of Nike Inc. and President of Nike Golf from 2008 to December, 2014. She also has been a member of the Board of Directors for Kennametal Inc. since December 2012, where she serves on the Audit and Governance Committees. In her role with Nike she led the $800 million global golf business, including all product, marketing, sports marketing, sales, operations, finance, legal, and human resources responsibilities. Davis drove innovative profitable growth and a team of elite athletes headlined by two of the most iconic golf athletes. To that end, in 2013, she was recognized as one of Sports Illustrated's "50 Most Powerful People in Sports." Prior to joining Nike in 2005, Davis was the Senior Vice President of Golf Sponsorships, Sports Marketing and New Media for the Golf Channel. Leading up to that, she was the President and CEO of The Arnold Palmer Golf Company after serving as Vice President of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). Davis is a former chairperson of the National Golf Foundation (NGF) and has served on the Golf 20/20 Executive Committee.

Through her business background, Ms. Davis brings to the Board significant global business leadership skills. She has experience in strategic planning, innovation and consumer initiatives, go-to-market profitable growth plans, and expertise in the sports industry. She also brings corporate governance experience to the Board, through her experience with other public companies. Ms. Davis chairs our Compensation Committee and sits on our Governance Committee.

  Member of the Governance Committee Chair of the Compensation Committee
Andre Fernandez
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Andre Fernandez

Andre J. Fernandez is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS RADIO.  In this role, Mr. Fernandez is responsible for the overall direction and management of the company, which includes 117 over-the-air radio stations in 26 major markets. Prior to joining CBS RADIO in April 2015, Mr. Fernandez served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Journal Communications, Inc.

Previously, Mr. Fernandez served in a number of leadership roles of increasing responsibility at the General Electric Company, including Chief Financial Officer of Telemundo Communications; Chief Financial Officer and Controller of GE Latin America; Chief Financial Officer of GE Digital Energy; Assistant Treasurer of GE Corporate Treasury; and Chief Financial Officer of GE Capital Information Technology Solutions (ITS) Brazil. 

Additionally, Mr. Fernandez has been named to Billboard’s “Power 100 list” which recognizes the most influential executives in the music industry and was ranked the second most powerful person in radio on Radio Ink’s “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” list.  He currently serves on the Board at Froedtert Health a $2 billion academic healthcare system based in Wisconsin.  He also serves on the Board of the National Association of Broadcasters. Mr. Fernandez chairs our Governance Committee and sits on our Audit Committee. 

Member of the Audit Committee Chair of the Governance Committee  
Michael P. Johnson
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Michael P. Johnson

Michael P. Johnson has served as President and CEO of J & A Group, LLC, a business and management

consulting company, since June 2008. In March 2008, Mr. Johnson retired as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of The Williams Companies, a publicly held energy company, having joined The Williams Companies in 1998. In this role, he was responsible for human resources, information technology, purchasing, real estate/facilities and security, and he served as Chairman of the Board of the Williams Foundation. From 1991 to 1998, Mr. Johnson served in various officer level positions for Amoco Corporation, most recently as Vice President of Human Resources, which included domestic as well as international responsibilities for Amoco Production Company worldwide businesses. Mr. Johnson serves on the Board of Directors of CenterPoint Energy, Inc. and the QuikTrip Corporation, a privately held retail gasoline, food and convenience store company. Mr. Johnson also serves on the boards of several charitable organizations.

Mr. Johnson brings to our Board significant experience in corporate and retail strategy development, human resources and organizational development. He has senior management experience in leading global shared services organizations through all business cycles and large scale organizational improvement, which has made him an important resource to our company. He also has significant public company corporate governance experience. Mr. Johnson sits on our Compensation Committee and Governance Committee.

  Member of the Governance Committee Member of the Compensation Committee
Hal Lawton
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Hal Lawton

Harry (Hal) A. Lawton is the Senior Vice President of North America at eBay, Inc. At eBay, Mr. Lawton’s responsibilities include all functions for the Americas business unit, including merchandising, marketing, operations, business selling, consumer selling, and advertising. He also has global responsibility for shipping, payments and risk, and trust. Before joining eBay in 2015, Mr. Lawton held a number of leadership positions at Home Depot, Inc., including Senior Vice President of Merchandising of Hardlines and Senior Vice President and President of the Company’s online business. 

Mr. Lawton brings to the Board extensive experience in strategy development, consumer technologies, retail sales and global operations. Mr. Lawton sits on our Compensation Committee.

    Member of the Compensation Committee
J. Oliver Maggard
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J. Oliver Maggard

J. Oliver Maggard has served as Managing Partner of Caymus Partners LLC, an investment banking firm, since October 2002, and as a Managing Partner of Caymus Equity Partners, LLC, a private equity firm, since its founding in 2012. From January 1995 to October 2002, Mr. Maggard was a Managing Director and Partner of Regent Capital Management Corp., a private equity firm which he co founded. Prior to founding Regent Capital, Mr. Maggard held various positions with Bankers Trust Company, Kidder Peabody & Company, Inc., Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated, and E.F. Hutton & Co. Mr. Maggard also serves as a director of Phoenix Aromas & Essential Oils, LLC and of three portfolio companies of Caymus Equity Partners, LLC, all privately held companies.

Mr. Maggard has significant financial experience and brings strong leadership to the Board and the Audit Committee. He understands the intricacies of restaurant level financials as well as how they have an impact on the financials of the overall company. Mr. Maggard sits on our Audit Committee.  

Member of the Audit Committee    
Harmit Singh
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Harmit Singh

Harmit J. Singh is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Levi Strauss & Co. In this role, he is responsible for managing the company’s finance, corporate development and strategy, information technology, strategic sourcing and global business services functions globally. Prior to joining Levi Strauss & Co. in January 2013, Mr. Singh served as Chief Financial Officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Before Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Mr. Singh held various global leadership roles at Yum! Brands including Chief Financial Officer of Pizza Hut and Chief Financial Officer Yum International. Mr. Singh is a Chartered Accountant from India and he is also a member of the CNBC Global CFO Council and Wall Street Journal CFO Network.

Mr. Singh brings to the Board broad financial knowledge, restaurant and franchise experience, global growth strategy and real estate and development experience.  Mr. Singh chairs our Audit Committee.

Chair of the Audit Committee    
Sally J. Smith
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Sally J. Smith

Sally J. Smith has served as our Chief Executive Officer and President since July 1996. She served as our Chief Financial Officer from 1994 to 1996. Prior to joining Buffalo Wild Wings, she was the Chief Financial Officer of Dahlberg, Inc., the manufacturer and franchisor of Miracle-Ear hearing aids, from 1983 to 1994. Ms. Smith began her career with KPMG LLP, an international accounting and auditing firm. Ms. Smith is a CPA. Ms. Smith serves on the boards of directors of The Hormel Corporation and Alerus Financial Corporation, Allina Health Systems and the National Restaurant Association, where she served as chairperson in 2011. 

Ms. Smith has led our company through significant growth and success. Her financial background gives her focus on the details of restaurant economics and her involvement in the National Restaurant Association exposes her to the current issues in the restaurant industry. Her election as 2011 chairperson demonstrates that she is respected as an industry leader.

     
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