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Buffets, Inc. completes new board of directors

Greer-based company emerges from bankruptcy, moves forward

Published on Thursday, December 20, 2012

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Warren Ellish has helped position hundreds of brands, was a founding partner for Boston Market and founded his own marketing consulting company.

Warren Ellish has helped position hundreds of brands, was a founding partner for Boston Market and founded his own marketing consulting company.



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Philip Friedman serves as Chairman and CEO of Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina and as President of P. Friedman & Associates, Inc., a strategic planning and management consulting company.

Philip Friedman serves as Chairman and CEO of Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina and as President of P. Friedman & Associates, Inc., a strategic planning and management consulting company.

Buffets, Inc., headquartered in Greer, has appointed restaurant executive Philip Friedman and marketing executive F. Warren Ellish to its board of directors, completing the new seven-member board after the company emerged from bankruptcy.  Friedman and Ellish possess over 30 years of restaurant industry experience and each has held leadership positions at growth and turnaround brands in the restaurant and hospitality industries.  The appointments are effective immediately.

Buffets, Inc., owns Ryan’s Restaurants, with one located in Greer at 1501 W. Poinsett Street.

“These are true leaders with proven track records of success,” said Rob Webster, Chairman of the Board of Buffets, Inc.  “Both Warren and Phil have the practical knowledge of what it takes to turn around and grow a brand, and they understand the need for strong corporate governance.  We are pleased to add them to our board of directors, and are excited for the future of our organization with their support and expertise.”

Friedman serves as Chairman and CEO of Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina, an 85-location casual Mexican restaurant chain he acquired in 2011, and as President of P. Friedman & Associates, Inc., a strategic planning and management consulting company he founded in 1986.

Friedman previously served as Chairman, CEO and President of McAlister’s Corporation. During his tenure, McAlister’s grew from 27 to 300 restaurants in 22 states. In 2005, Friedman led the sale of McAlister’s Corporation to Roark Capital Group. 

Ellish has been responsible for positioning hundreds of brands and has a track record of delivering outsized returns in competitive industries.  In 1995, Ellish founded his own marketing consulting company, Ellish Marketing Group LLC. He was a founding partner for Boston Chicken, Inc. (Boston Market).

Friedman and Ellish will serve alongside board members, Chairman Rob Webster, CEO Anthony Wedo, David Merritt, Todd Brown and Santino Blumetti.

 

 

 

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