As president and chief executive of Minneapolis-based Buffalo Wild Wings, Sally Smith has grown the casual-dining chain from 30 restaurants in 1994 to more than 750 today. She also navigated the chain through the deep recession, maintaining a steady rate of growth while competitors were falling by the wayside. Last year she was named Operator of the Year by Nation’s Restaurant News during its 51st annual Multi-Unit Foodservice Operators conference. This year, in addition to piloting ...

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