John Zapp, one of our founders, has served as a member of our board since November 2006 and became Co-Chairman of the Board in October 2013 and assumed the role of Chairman in April 2017. John has also been a restaurant owner and operator since 1976. We have concluded that John should serve on our board based upon his experience as an investor and operator of restaurant businesses as well as his intimate knowledge of our operations and culture.
Randall DeWitt has served as a member of our board, since October 2016. Randall is a well-known restaurant executive with over 22 years of restaurant experience. Randall is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Front Burner Restaurants. Front Burner currently has five different concepts and is known for developing innovative restaurant concepts that span the fast casual, casual and upscale casual dining segments. Front Burner operates Whiskey Cake, Velvet Taco, Sixty Vines, Mexican Sugar, and The Ranch at Las Colinas. Prior to founding Front Burner, Randall worked for ten years in commercial real estate development and sales. We have concluded that Randy should serve on our board based on his operational and business development experience within the restaurant industry.
Steve Hislop has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since July 2007. From July 2006 through June 2007, Steve was President and Chief Executive Officer of Sam Seltzer Steak House. Prior to that, Steve served as the Concept President of O’Charley’s Restaurants from 1997 through 2006 and as Director of Operations from 1988 through 1997. Additionally, Steve served as a member of the board of directors of O’Charley’s Restaurants from 1997 until 2006. During his tenure at O’Charley’s, Steve helped grow the business from 12 restaurants to a multi-concept company with 347 restaurants. Steve currently serves on the board of directors of Not Your Average Joe's, Inc. and Silver Diner, Inc., which are privately held companies. We have concluded that Steve should serve on our board based upon his operational expertise, knowledge of the restaurant industry and leadership experience.
Starlette Johnson has served as a member of our board since September 2012. Since 2012, Starlette has served as an independent consultant to private equity funds, and to companies in the restaurant and hospitality industries. From October 2015 to October 2016, Starlette served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Twin Restaurant Holdings, the parent company of the Twin Peaks restaurant chain. Additionally, she served as President and Chief Operating Officer, as well as a Director, of Dave & Buster’s, Inc. from 2007 to 2010. Starlette joined Dave & Buster’s as Chief Strategic Officer in 2006. Prior to joining Dave & Buster’s, Starlette worked at Brinker International, where she held positions of increasing responsibility, including serving as the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer. Starlette served as a member of the Board of Directors for Tuesday Morning, Inc. from 2008 to 2013, during which time she served on the Audit Committee and the Nominating/Governance Committee. Starlette also has served on the board of Bojangle’s (NASDAQ: BOJA) since March 2016, and is chair of the Audit Committee. Since 2015, she has also served as the chairman of the board for SusieCakes, LLC., a privately held bakery in California. In addition, Starlette is a member of the Advisory Board for the Hospitality & Tourism Program at Virginia Tech and serves on the Pamplin College of Business Cabinet at Virginia Tech. Starlette received a B.S. in Finance from Virginia Tech and an M.B.A. from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. We have concluded that Starlette should serve on our board based upon her experience as an executive and board member and her knowledge of the restaurant industry and leadership experience.
Saed Mohseni has served as a member of our board since September 2012. Saed has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bob Evans Restaurants since April 2017. Saed served as President, Chief Executive Officer and was a member of the board of directors for Bob Evans Farms, Inc. from January 2016 to April 2017. Saed has more than 30 years of management experience in the restaurant industry. Prior to joining Bob Evans, he served as Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc., the parent company of BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, Bon Vie Bistro, and BRIO Tuscan Grille restaurant chains, from 2007 to 2015. He assumed the additional role of President in 2009 and led the company through the IPO process in 2010. Prior to joining Bravo Brio, Saed worked at McCormick & Schmick for 21 years, where he held positions of increasing responsibility, including serving as a Director from 2004 to 2007 and as Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2007 and led the company through the IPO process in 2004. Saed attended Portland State University and Oregon State University. We have concluded that Saed should serve on our board based upon his experience as an executive and board member and his knowledge of the restaurant industry.
Ira Zecher has served as a member of our board, since June 2011. Ira is a managing member of ILZ, LLC, and has served as a director, audit committee chairman and nominating and corporate governance committee member of the board for The Habit Restaurants, Inc. since August 2014. He previously served as a director, audit committee chairman and compensation committee member of the board of Norcraft Companies, Inc. from October 2013 to May 2015. Prior to joining the Chuy’s board, Mr. Zecher was with Ernst & Young LLP, a registered public accounting firm, for over 36 years until his retirement as a partner in 2010. From 1986 to 2010, he served as a senior transaction advisory services partner and Far East private equity leader for Ernst & Young, where he advised clients on mergers and acquisitions across a broad range of industries. Prior to joining the transaction advisory services group, Ira provided accounting, audit and business-advisory services to both public and private clients. He received his Bachelor's degree from Queens College of the City of New York. He is also a certified public accountant, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He also completed the Executive Program of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. From 2010 to 2013, he taught in the Graduate Accounting program at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. We have concluded that Ira should serve on our board based upon his extensive professional accounting and financial expertise, which allow him to provide key contributions to the Board on financial, accounting, corporate governance and strategic matters.