Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: SAUC), one of the largest franchisees for Buffalo Wild Wings, announced yesterday that David G. Burke, President and CEO, and Phyllis Knight, Chief Financial Officer, resigned their positions with the Company as part of the Company’s efforts to restructure the business effective June 27, 2019. Mr. Burke also resigned his position as a Director at that time.
Michael Ansley, Executive Chairman of the Board, will assume the role of Interim CEO. Mr. Ansley is the founder and largest shareholder of the Company. He has been operating Buffalo Wild Wings franchises for over 20 years. Toni Werner, Controller, will assume the role of Interim CFO.
The restructuring, which includes other cost saving measures, is expected to reduce annual costs by approximately $1.5 million. Restructuring charges, including approximately $0.4 million of non-recurring expenses incurred in the first quarter of 2019, are expected to be approximately $2.0 million through the second quarter of 2019.
Mr. Ansley commented, “We would like to thank David and Phyllis for their contributions and wish them well in the future. I am resuming responsibility of the business supported by Jason Curtis, our long-time Chief Operating Officer. We also have the benefit of Toni stepping up as interim CFO to lead our strong finance and accounting team.”
He added, “These changes and the dedication of the DRH team are a true testament to our belief in the opportunities for our business as we support Inspire Brands’ efforts to reignite Buffalo Wild Wings. We are excited about the changes and investments being made by Inspire Brands. We have a strong franchise and are comprised of a great group of employees providing exceptional service throughout the five states in which we operate our 64 restaurants. In addition to this administrative adjustment, our priorities continue to be the restructuring of our debt, growing sales and leveraging our infrastructure.”
Ms. Werner, CPA, joined DRH in May 2014 as Controller. She began her career 20 years ago at Deloitte & Touche LLP, after which she was shared services Controller at PulteGroup, Inc. overseeing the Georgia and Tennessee markets and various corporate office responsibilities. Ms. Werner received her B.S. degree in Accounting from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan.