Anita Adams assumed the Chief Executive Officer role at Black Bear Diner in January 2020. She joined the company in March 2017 as the Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to President in March 2019. Anita has more than 28 years of experience across private and public companies with broad transaction experience. Prior to joining the company, she was the Chief Financial Officer of American Blue Ribbon Holdings LLC (2009 – 2017) and part of the executive team that grew the business from $400m of revenue to $1.2 billion, managing 5 restaurant brands and a bakery operation. Her experience includes multi-unit & multi-branded organization, merger and acquisition, debt financing and treasury management, restructuring, public accounting, information technology, and board and investor relations.
Prior to American Blue Ribbon Holdings LLC, Anita was the Vice President – Controller of VICORP Restaurants, Inc. from 2006 through March 2009. From April 2001 to October 2006, Anita was employed by First Data Corporation, Inc., a Fortune 200 global financial services company generating over $10 billion in annual revenue, most recently as the Vice President of Corporate Accounting. She began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and held other Controller positions prior to First Data Corporation. Anita holds an active Certified Public Accountant license in the State of Colorado and was most recently named in Nation’s Restaurant News’ April 2021 50 Most Influential Women in Foodservice.