Michael W. Lister succeeds Famous Dave’s CEO Adam J. Wright
Michael W. Lister has been appointed to replace Mr. Wright as Chief Executive Officer and has also been appointed Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Lister is an accomplished restaurant industry executive with more than 35 years of experience, including a 19-year history with Famous Dave’s of America.
He has been a franchisee of the Company since 2001, operating among the most successful franchise groups in the Company.
Prior to that, Mr. Lister served as senior vice president of operations from 1997 to 2001.
Since 2001, he has been owner and President of successful Famous Dave’s franchised restaurants in Tennessee, and is currently serving his fourth term as Chairman of the Franchise Advisory Board.
Prior to becoming a franchise owner, he was Famous Dave’s Senior Vice President of Operations from 1997 – 2001, opening 46 stores within 4 years and was responsible for all aspects of operations.
In addition to his tenure at Famous Dave’s, he previously held senior level leadership positions at Brinker International.
As a strong franchisee, Mr. Lister and his team have been honored with multiple community and franchise awards, including Famous Dave’s Franchise of the Year for excellence in operations, financial performance and outstanding Guest service.
Mr. Lister is also the recipient of the 2012 Tennessee Small Business Person of the Year Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration.