Kevin Reddy has served as Chief Executive Officer since April 2006. He became a member of board of directors in May 2006, and Chairman of the Board in May 2008. Mr. Reddy was President and Chief Operating Officer from April 2005 to April 2006, continuing to serve as President until July 2012. Prior to joining Noodles & Company, he was the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Operations Officer and Restaurant Support Officer for Chipotle Mexican Grill. Mr. Reddy began his professional career with McDonald's Corporation in 1983 as a regional controller and progressed into positions of escalating responsibility. Mr. Reddy has received a number of awards in connection with his role as Chief Executive Officer, including being named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Restaurant Business Magazine in 2009, "All-Star CEO" by Restaurant Finance Monitor in 2012 and was named to Nation's Restaurant News’ 2014 “Builders List,” created to feature people who are taking restaurant brands to the next level. He currently serves on the executive advisory board to the Daniels School of Business at the University of Denver. He received a BS in Accounting from Duquesne University.
Dave Boennighausen has served as our Chief Financial Officer since July 2012 and became a member of board of directors in August 2015. Mr. Boennighausen has been with the Company since 2004, and served as our Vice President of Finance from October 2007 to March 2011, and as our Executive Vice President of Finance from April 2011 to February 2012. He began his career with May Department Stores. He received a BS in Finance and Marketing from Truman State University and holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Paul Strasen has served as our Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel since January 2008. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Strasen was the Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Houlihan's Restaurants, Inc. and served as the General Counsel of Einstein/Noah Bagel Corp. He began his career at Bell Boyd & Lloyd, now part of K & L Gates. Mr. Strasen received a BA in Humanities and Political Science from Valparaiso University and received a JD from The University of Chicago Law School.
Phil Petrilli has served as our Executive Vice President of Operations since May 2012. Prior to joining us, he worked for Chipotle Mexican Grill in multiple operations positions from June 1999 to May 2012, most recently as Regional Director—Northeast Region from 2008 to 2012, where he led a region of 268 restaurants. He received a degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Mark A. Mears, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Mark Mears has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer since June 2015. Mr. Mears most recently held the position of Chief Marketing Officer at Schlotzsky's Bakery-Café, an international fast-casual restaurant chain, where he successfully created and implemented new marketing and menu programs designed to drive comparable restaurant sales growth. Previously, he served as the President and Chief Concept Officer for Mimi's Café, a French-inspired casual dining concept, where he developed and led all aspects of the successful "French Revolution" brand re-imaging effort. Prior to taking his position at Mimi's Café, Mr. Mears also served as the Chief Marketing Officer for The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. and oversaw the brand building efforts in support of The Cheesecake Factory's sister brands Grand Lux Cafe and Rock Sugar Pan Asian Kitchen. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Science degree in Advertising from Northwestern University.