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This profile was last updated on 3/17/15  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Mr. Anthony D. Wedo

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Chief Executive Officer

Local Address: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Ovation Brands
405 Lancaster Avenue
Greer , South Carolina 29650
United States

Company Description: We are committed to giving our guest everything from quality food to exceptional service, and all at a great price. In fact, our founders -- Roe Hatlen and C....   more

Employment History

  • President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
    Ovation Brands
  • Chief Executive Officer and Director
    New World Coffee Manhattan Bagel Inc
  • Chief
    New World Coffee Manhattan Bagel Inc
  • Chief Executive Officer
    Buffets Inc.
  • Restaurant Executive
    Buffets Inc.
  • Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
    New World Restaurant Group Inc
  • Founder,Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
    Mainline Capital Advisors , LLC
  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • President and Chief Executive Officer
    Mid-Atlantic Restaurant Systems
  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    New World
  • Vice President
    PepsiCo , Inc.
  • Divisional Vice President
    PepsiCo , Inc.

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • MBA
    Cornell University
  • B.S.
    Penn State University
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Ovation Brands CEO ..., 17 Mar 2015 [cached]
Ovation Brands CEO Anthony Wedo, who joined the organization in December of 2012, has led the reinvention of the five buffet brands, and stated that its restaurants now offer the "best of both worlds."
"We've pioneered a new segment in our category we like to call family casual. We now feature individually-made, fresh for you entrees, but still offer all you can eat variety, which combined, represents an awesome consumer value," Wedo said.
Since Wedo joined, key markets have been reinvented to include updated décor, new menu items including individual entrees and casual dining level service and hospitality, all wrapped up in a "make it right" guarantee.
"We have proven that our reinvention works and have demonstrated incredible success. We are now poised to expand our reinvention to other markets. We are looking for investment partners ready to grow with us," said Wedo.
Board Of Directors | HomeThe Armed Services YMCA, 8 Jan 2015 [cached]
Anthony Wedo
"We are honored to continue our ..., 11 Dec 2014 [cached]
"We are honored to continue our support of the ASYMCA and their mission of making military life easier for our young soldiers and their families," said Anthony Wedo, CEO for Ovation Brands®. "The coupon booklets are an opportunity for our organization and our guests to join together in support of our troops, who serve our country and their families who make sacrifices each time their loved ones are deployed."
Wedo also made a personal commitment to the ASYMCA by recently joining their national board of directors. In this capacity, Ovation Brands and its portfolio of restaurants- Ryan's, HomeTown Buffet, Old Country Buffet, Country Buffet®, and Fire® Mountain- will continue and expand its support of the ASYMCA nationally and through its local branches.
"The addition of Anthony to our national board signals some exciting changes for the ASYMCA," said Mike Landers, President and CEO of the national ASYMCA.
Anthony D. WedoChief ..., 24 Sept 2001 [cached]
Anthony D. WedoChief Executive Officer and Director
Anthony D. Wedo.Mr. Wedo joined NEW WORLD COFFEE MANHATTAN BAGEL INC as Chief Executive Officer in July , 2001 and was elected a Director in August 2001.Since 1998 , Mr. Wedo has served as chief.
a Boston Market franchisee , and from 1988 through 1993 , Mr. Wedo was employed by Pepsico Inc.'s KFC division , most recently as vice president.Mr. Wedo has a B.S. degree in Marketing and Finance from Pennsylvania State University.
Anthony D. Wedo
Leadership Delaware - Speakers, 11 July 2014 [cached]
Anthony Wedo 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 leads.
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. Ovation Brands 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. Wedo 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. During his tenure with Mid-Atlantic Restaurant Systems, he 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. New World, 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. He developed Leadership - The 12 Commandments, a guide for and about leadership, and is a highly sought after speaker on the subject of leadership.
Wedo 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.
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