Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Dave Boennighausen has served as our interim Chief Executive Officer since July 2016, 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.
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
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.
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
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.