Sally J. SmithChief Executive Officer and President
Sally J. Smith has served as our Chief Executive Officer and President since July 1996, as a director since August 1996 and as our Chief Financial Officer from 1994 to 1996. Prior to joining the company, 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 holds an inactive CPA license. She serves on the board of the National Restaurant Association and Alerus Financial Corporation.
Alexander WareExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Prior to joining Buffalo Wild Wings, Ware served as executive chairman of MStar Holding Corp. From 2010 to 2015, Ware served as executive vice president (EVP) of strategic development and senior advisor for the Pohlad Companies. From 2005 until its sale in 2010, he served as EVP and chief financial officer of PepsiAmericas, a $5 billion public anchor bottler, operating in 20 U.S. states and 16 countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. Previously, Ware served PepsiAmericas as senior vice president, worldwide planning and corporate development. He began his Pepsi career in 1994 and held several progressive roles with PepsiCo, including strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and field finance operations. Prior to PepsiCo, Ware was a management consultant with Booz, Allen and Hamilton. Ware began his career in banking with Manufacturers Hanover Trust (now JP Morgan Chase). He holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business at University of Virginia and a BA in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College. Ware serves on the Board of Directors of MStar Holding Corp., Barfresh Food Group and is a member of the Advisory Council of Stone Arch Capital, LLC.
Emily C. DeckerSenior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Emily Decker has served as our Senior Vice President, General Counsel since May 2014. She has served as our Vice President, General Counsel since January 2011 and Franchise Attorney since August 2007. From September 2004 to July 2007, Ms. Decker was an Associate at Briggs and Morgan, P.A.
Andrew D BlockSenior Vice President, Talent Management Services
Andrew Block has served as our Senior Vice President, Talent Management since January 2012. He served as Vice President, Talent Management from April 2010 until January 2012. Mr. Block served as Director of Human Resources at C. H. Robinson Worldwide from December 2002 to April 2011. From March 1996 to December 2002 Mr. Block was with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage as Director of Human Resources. Earlier in his career Mr. Block worked in the Human Resources field for Ecolab and a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.
Santiago AbrahamChief Information OfficerPrior to joining Buffalo Wild Wings, Mr. Abraham spent 10 years at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., directing transformation programs to modernize enterprise technology and overhaul a core reservation system, among other IT initiatives. From 1997 to 2006 he was senior practice manager, transportation & travel services at Accenture Ltd. In this role he directed multi-million dollar IT solution engagements for logistics, travel and entertainment, hotel and resort clients including Cendant Corp., Carnival Corp., Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and US Freightways. Mr. Abraham holds a master of science in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor of science in computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.Mr. Abraham served as the board IT committee member of United Way of Miami-Dade and served as the campaign chair for Royal Caribbean.