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Simultaneously, the company announced that Rick Arras, at the helm of the Company since 2007, has resigned to pursue other interests.
Over the past 30 years, Cardwell has made a lasting impact on growing restaurant businesses by providing leadership and vision. Between 1978 and 1999, Cardwell was instrumental in positioning the restaurant chains and respective brands of Brinker International and S&A Restaurant Corp. in the marketplace. His roles with Brinker International included Chief Administrative Officer and then CEO of Eatzi’s Market and Bakery. His industry background also includes growing restaurant chains organically and through strategic acquisitions. Cardwell has served on corporate boards such as P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Famous Dave’s Of America, Taco Bueno, Fishbowl Marketing, and Order Corner.