Board of Directors

T. Michael Ansley , , , Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors

T. Michael Ansley is the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors and he has held this position since our inception. Mr. Ansley was also the President and Chief Executive Officer until October 2016. Mr. Ansley is currently the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern, Inc. In 1993, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Dayton.

Mr. Ansley has been a restaurant operator since 1996. In 1999, he opened his first Buffalo Wild Wing (BWW) location in Sterling Heights. In the spring of 2004, the company opened its first Florida location and continues to grow its presence in that market. In January of 2008, the company opened its first Bagger Dave’s, a full-service, family-friendly restaurant and bar, in Berkley, Michigan and currently has 19 locations. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Restaurant Association.

The Buffalo Wild Wings corporate office in Minneapolis has recognized Mr. Ansley and his company with several awards over the past years, including: 2000 Operator of the Year, 2003 Highest Restaurant Sales (Novi, MI), 2004 Jimmy Disbrow Founder’s Award (Highest Honor), 2004 Scott Lowery Franchise Development Award, 2004, 2005, 2006 Highest Restaurant Sales (Novi, MI) and 2007 IFA Franchisee of the Year Award and Multi-Unit Franchisee of the Year.

Mr. Ansley passion is demonstrated in every aspect of his work, from finding the perfect new restaurant location to sourcing the highest quality product to serve the guests. He surrounds himself with people who are dedicated to providing a dining experience that delights the guests. Mr. Ansley carries his passion forward into the community by providing a high level of support to the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, the Boys and Girls Club of South Oakland County, and the Detroit Area Chefs Feed the Need Program.

David G. Burke , , , President and Chief Executive Officer

David G. Burke was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2016. Mr. Burke previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company since March 2010. Mr. Burke is a Member of our Board of Directors and has served in that capacity since our inception. He also served as Secretary from our inception to March 2010, and as a Member of the Audit Committee and Audit Committee Chairman from 2007 to March 2010, when he relinquished those roles to serve as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.

From 2002 to March 2010, Mr. Burke was employed by Federal-Mogul Corporation, a leading global supplier of powertrain and safety technologies serving the world’s foremost original equipment manufacturers as well as the worldwide aftermarket, where he held roles of increasing responsibility in finance, marketing and corporate development. Mr. Burke resigned from his position at Federal Mogul to accept the position as our Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.

In 1993, Mr. Burke earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton, located in Dayton, Ohio. In 2002 Mr. Burke received a Master of Business in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Roger Lipton , , , Director

Roger Lipton joined the Board of Directors of Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc. in September 2018. Mr. Lipton is an investment professional with more than four decades of experience specializing in restaurants and retailers. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA at Harvard. After working as an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers for two years, he began a career on Wall Street, where he focused on the restaurant and franchising industries. He then moved on to build and operate a chain of fast casual restaurants in Canada. He subsequently spent 13 years at Ladenburg, Thalmann & Co., Inc., where he managed the Lipton Research Division, specializing in the restaurant industry. While at Ladenburg, he sponsored an annual restaurant conference for investment professionals. He formed his own firm, Lipton Financial Services, Inc. in 1993 to invest in restaurant and retail companies. Mr. Lipton also serves on the board of Barfly Ventures, operator of the HopCat chain of casual dining restaurants.

Jay Alan Dusenberry , , , Director

Jay Alan Dusenberry has been a member of the Board since our inception. Mr. Dusenberry served as the Treasurer from our inception to March 22, 2010, at which time he relinquished the role of Treasurer. Mr. Dusenberry has also been a member of the Audit Committee since its inception in 2007. Currently, Mr. Dusenberry is Vice President of Marisa Manufacturing. From 2009 to 2013, he served as a Vice President at Cold Heading Company, manufacturer of cold-formed fasteners. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of Dayton and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Detroit Mercy.

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.

David Ligotti , , , Director

David Ligotti is a member of the Board of Directors of Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc. and has held that position since our inception. Mr. Ligotti has 25 years of experience in restaurant finance, accounting, technology, operation and administration. From 1996 to the present, Mr. Ligotti has owned and operated Oakwood Business Services, LLC, an accounting and tax consulting firm located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Mr. Ligotti received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1979 from Kalamazoo College, located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 1981 Mr. Ligotti received a Masters of Business Administration degree with a major in accounting from the University of Michigan, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 1984 Mr. Ligotti received a Master of Science in Taxation degree from Walsh College located in Troy, Michigan.

Joseph Nowicki , , , Director

Joseph M. Nowicki is a member of the Board of Directors, a position to which he was elected at the 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. As of April 2013, Mr. Nowicki is the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Beacon Roofing Supply Inc. Mr. Nowicki previously served as the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Chief Compliance Officer of Spartan Motors, Inc. Prior to joining Spartan Motors, Mr. Nowicki was a key member of Herman Miller Inc.’s management team where he served for 17 years in positions of increasing responsibility within its finance department. Most recently he served as Treasurer. As a member of Herman Miller’s key leadership, he managed all treasury activities for the company, including establishing the overall capital and debt structure, overseeing the pension and investment strategy, and leading investor relations activities. Before joining Herman Miller, Mr. Nowicki held several operations and finance positions, including working for IBM and General Motors, and spending several years in public accounting. Mr. Nowicki earned a Master’s of Business Administration at the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting at Canisuis College in Buffalo, New York. He is a Certified Public Accountant.