National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ:FIZZ – News) filled the vacant membership on its audit committee with Cecil D. Conlee. Conlee is replacing Lee Kling who served as an independent director and member of the company’s audit committee from 1993 until his passing in July 2008.

Conlee has served on the Strategic Planning Committee of the company since 1995 and was a lead director of Burnup & Sims Inc. for more than 20 years, enabling him to gain knowledge and experience during the formative period in which National Beverage was created.

Conlee has extensive experience in business as a principal and has held various chief executive roles. He is the founding partner and CEO of CGR Advisors, a real estate investment and advisory firm. CGR was the exclusive advisor to Rodamco N.V. for its North American investments, which totaled approximately $4 billion. Conlee also lived in Hong Kong when he established Rodamco Asia, investing throughout Asia and Australia.

Conlee is a Trustee of Vanderbilt University and George West Mental Health Foundation and serves on various private foundations and public service boards. He holds an AB from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Harvard and served as an officer in the Navy for three years.

National Beverage’s lineup of refreshment products consisting of – Energy Drinks and Fortified Powders, Vitamin Enhanced juices and waters, and new-to-come beverage supplements are geared toward the lifestyle/health-conscious consumer.