President and CEO of Buffets Inc.
and Penn State alumnus Anthony Wedo
was featured on CBSâ€™ â€œUndercover Bossâ€ on Oct. 18 where he
went undercover in several of his
restaurants to see how they worked.
, Class of 1981, is the new CEO of Buffets
Inc. which includes the restaurants, Ryanâ€™s Buffet, HomeTown Buffet and Old Country Buffetâ€™s all over the country.
On the show, he went undercover as â€œMike Davisâ€ and worked as a dishwasher, cashier, server and a dining room manager.
Wedo has been President and CEO since late 2012, and he wants to get to know his business, he said.
â€œI have to learn about my business from the bottom up, get the truth,â€ Wedo said.
While working undercover, Wedo
discovered problems with the way things were run at the restaurants, especially the cash registers, which he
found problematic, calling them â€œantiquated and completely inappropriate.â€ He
is now in the process of changing the cash registers in the restaurants.
felt there were technological issues at the restaurants, he
did not find as many issues with the staff.
â€œWhat really impressed me was that I have great people working,â€ Wedo said.
worked alongside four different employees at four different locations getting to know their job and what their lives are like outside of work.
Many had very difficult lives and stories, Wedo
â€œI feel very blessed to have been in a position as a CEO to help change the lives of the four people going into the show,â€ he
After going on the show, Wedo
wants to continue helping the people who work at his
â€œWe want to continue with helping our own families,â€ he
Wedo grew up working in the restaurant business and grew up with both his parents working in a restaurant.
Wedo has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality field and ever since he became president and CEO, the business has grown.
spoke highly of the field for any college graduates, calling it the â€œsingle best job for a young personâ€ and stating that it was â€œa very good way for a young person to start a business career.â€
said going to Penn State was â€œabsolutelyâ€ beneficial to his
â€œPenn State was the start of my career,â€ he
Attending the university, Wedo
said, â€œtaught [him] how to compete with a bunch of folksâ€ and â€œexposed [him] to a bunch of different kinds of people.â€
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