Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman, Director

Philip Friedman is a member of the Board of Directors of Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc. An industry veteran, he also serves as Chairman and CEO of Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina, a quick casual Mexican restaurant concept with 80 locations in 19 states, which he acquired in June 2011. From 1999 through July 2010, Mr. Friedman served as Chairman, President and CEO of McAllister’s Corporation, a rapidly growing quick casual restaurant concept. Operating and franchising restaurants in 22 states, McAlister’s grew from 27 to 300 restaurants during his leadership. Currently, Mr. Friedman is Chairman of Brandstand Marketing group and is a Founding member of IL ‘Pioppo, LLC, importers of organic Italian wines. Mr. Friedman is also President of Friedman & Associates, a strategic planning and management consulting company he founded in 1986. Mr. Friedman served as Chairman of Rosti Restaurants; President of Panda Management Company, Inc.; Chief Financial Officer for Service America Corporation; Vice President of Restaurant Planning for Marriott Corporation; Vice President of Planning for Chi Chi’s Inc.; and as Chief Operating Officer for Sutton Place Gourmet Markets. Mr. Friedman has served on the Board of Directors for the Following companies: Roma Corp. (Tony Roma Restaurants), Cini-Little International, Inc. (a food consulting firm), Panda Management, HomeTown Buffet, Inc., Paramark Enterprises, Inc. (T.J. Cinnamons) Roadhouse Grill, Inc. and Silver Diner Corporation. Mr. Friedman serves on the Board for the National Restaurant Association (“NRA”), the Mississippi Restaurant Association, and is a Trustee for the NRA and a Trustee for the Education Foundation. He is a member of the Culinary Institute of America’s Society of Fellows and the National Association of Corporate Directors.