Gerald W. Deitchle
Gerald W. Deitchle has been a member of our board of directors since January 2015. Mr. Deitchle has served on the board of directors of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. since November 2004 and as its Chairman of the Board since June 2008. He served as President of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. from February 2005 until December 2012 and as its Chief Executive Officer from February 2005 until his retirement in February 2013. From April 2004 to January 2005, Mr. Deitchle served as President, Chief Operating Officer and a director of Fired Up, Inc., a privately held company that owns, operates and franchises the Johnny Carino’s Italian restaurant concept. From 1995 to 2004, he was a member of the executive management team at The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated, a publicly held operator of upscale casual dining restaurants, with his last position as corporate President. Mr. Deitchle currently serves as a consultant to BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. and as a part-time advisor to privately held businesses. Mr. Deitchle holds a B.B.A. from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio and also holds an active C.P.A. license in Texas. Because of his strong background in the restaurant industry, his years of experience overseeing similar corporations and his knowledge of management and strategy, Mr. Deitchle is well-qualified to serve on our board.