Leadership Delaware - Speakers
Anthony Wedo - 2012, 2013, 2014
CEO, Ovation Brands; Former Managing Director & CEO, Mainline Capital Advisory, LLF
Anthony Wedo is a highly successful leader and executive in the restaurant industry.
With more than 25 years of hospitality experience, his
unique background has contributed to his
demonstrated success as a Fortune 50 senior executive, a high growth entrepreneur and a turnaround CEO determined to reinvent the brands he
Wedo was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Ovation Brands (formerly Buffets, Inc.), the nation's largest steak-buffet company, in December 2012.
Wedo's unique blend of experience and skills helped him lead the company out of bankruptcy and into the best year-over-year same store comparable sales in eight years during fiscal year 2013.
currently operates 339 restaurants in 35 states and is comprised of 330 steak-buffet restaurants under the brands Ryan's Buffet, HomeTown Buffet and Old Country Buffet and nine Tahoe Joe's Famous Steakhouse restaurants.
attributes a large part of the success of the brands to the focus on families, including Thursday Family Nights and a continued commitment to military families through a partnership with the Armed Services YMCA.
Wedo began his career in hospitality at PepsiCo, as part of a new breed of young, entrepreneurial restaurant operators brought on to help the corporate giant create a culture of nimbleness.
As one of the first participants in PepsiCo's Senior Operations Designate program, Wedo was put on the fast track and quickly grew to Vice President and General Manager of the Southeast Division of KFC, overseeing more than 1,200 restaurants, 7,000 employees and $1 billion in revenue.
Following his success at PepsiCo, Wedo founded Mid-Atlantic Restaurant Systems, the largest Area Developer and franchisee of Boston Market.
As Chairman, President and CEO, he
grew the company over a four-year period to 160 restaurants, generating more than $250 million in annualized sales.
tenure with Mid-Atlantic Restaurant Systems
was named Entrepreneur of the Year, Area Developer of the Year and chosen as a top 50 Employer in Pennsylvania.
Following the acquisition of Mid-Atlantic Restaurant Systems by Boston Market, Wedo held the position of Chairman, President and CEO of New World Restaurant Group.
, a publicly traded company with approximately 1,000 units and $750 million in system revenues, operated six unique brands, including Einstein Bros., Noah's & Manhattan Bagel.
Before joining Ovation Brands, Wedo served as CEO of Mainline Capital Advisors, LLC, which provided M&A, turnaround management, advisory and executive management consulting services to debt investors and private equity sponsors in the restaurant industry.
developed Leadership - The 12 Commandments, a guide for and about leadership, and is a highly sought after speaker on the subject of leadership.
appeared on CBS' hit television show, Undercover Boss, in October 2013 as the CEO of Buffets, Inc.
Wedo holds an MBA from Cornell University and the Queen's University of Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
He has a B.S. from Penn State University.
He is also a retired Commissioned Officer in the United States Naval Reserve.