board-of-directors

Board of Directors

T. Michael Ansley , , , Interim Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors

T. Michael Ansley is the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, a position he has held since our inception. Mr. Ansley assumed the role of Interim Chief Executive Officer in July 2019. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer until October 2016. Mr. Ansley is also the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern, Inc.

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 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, 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’s 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. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1993 from the University of Dayton.

Jay Alan Dusenberry , , , Director

Jay Alan Dusenberry has been a member of the Board since our inception. Mr. Dusenberry served as our Treasurer from our inception to March 22, 2010. Mr. Dusenberry is a member of both the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee. Currently, Mr. Dusenberry is a Vice President of Michigan Metal Coatings. From 2013 to 2017, he served as Vice President of KAMAX, a fastener technology company for the automotive industry. From 2009 to 2013, he served as a Vice President at Cold Heading Company, a 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.

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.

Joseph Nowicki , , , Director

Joseph M. Nowicki was elected to the Board at the 2010 annual meeting of stockholders. Mr. Nowicki is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Beacon Roofing Supply ("BECN"), a NASDAQ-listed company, a position he assumed on March 25, 2013. At BECN, Mr. Nowicki is responsible for the oversight of finance, credit and investor relations. Mr. Nowicki served as the Chief Financial Officer of Spartan Motors, Inc. (“SPAR”), a NASDAQ-listed specialty vehicle manufacturer based in Charlotte, Michigan from June 30, 2009 to March 22, 2013. Previously, Mr. Nowicki spent approximately 17 years with the Michigan-based furniture manufacturer, Herman Miller, Inc., where he held progressive financial roles, lastly as Vice President, Investor Relations and Treasurer. Before joining Herman Miller, he held several operations and finance positions, including working for IBM and General Motors, and spent several years in public accounting. Mr. Nowicki received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan - Ross School of Business.