Restaurant industry veteran Anita Adams named chief financial officer for the rapidly expanding family dining chain
Black Bear Diner, the rapidly expanding family dining concept headquartered in ReddingCalifornia, announced today the addition of restaurant industry veteran Anita Adams as chief financial officer. Adams, formerly chief financial officer for American Blue Ribbon Holdings, is responsible for driving Black Bear Diner’s financial performance across operations and shared services as the concept expands nationally. Adams is a member of the executive leadership team.
“Our national expansion is moving swiftly and Anita’s leadership, experience and financial savvy will ensure we mitigate any financial risks as we continue down this exciting path,” said Bruce Dean, chief executive officer of Black Bear Diner. “She is a key addition and asset to our Black Bear Diner family and we are thrilled to have her on board.”
Black Bear Diner has experienced increased same-store-sales over the last 24 quarters, and also experienced a 15.3 percent increase in system wide net sales from 2015 to 2016. The brand growth is being fueled by a mix of new and existing franchisees in existing markets, as well as corporate stores in newer markets. This year, Black Bear Diner is on track to open up 21 new units, including their 100th restaurant in the second quarter.
“Black Bear Diner is a strong performer with a unique positioning in the family dining segment,” said Adams. “I’m excited to join an incredible leadership team focused on driving results and ensuring the continued positive momentum Black Bear Diner has experienced.”
The executive leadership team of Black Bear Diner includes Bruce Dean, chief executive officer; Anita Adams, chief financial officer; Timothy Kaliher, chief operating officer; Robin Yoshimura, chief franchise officer; and David Doty, chief marketing officer.
Founded in Mt. Shasta, California in 1995, Black Bear Diner was born from a desire to bring home-style comfort food classics and personal service back to the dining experience. The family dining concept offers a vast menu anchored on hearty portions and excellent value. The franchise has grown to 93 locations in eight western states and is consistently recognized as one of the fastest growing concepts by industry observers. For more information, please visit www.BlackBearDiner.com.