Under president and chief executive Sally Smith, Buffalo Wild Wings has grown exponentially and routinely outperformed its casual-dining peers. The Minneapolis-based chain has skyrocketed from 35 restaurants to nearly 1,000 in the past 20 years, 18 of which Smith has been CEO, while also finding ways to buck debilitating economic trends by being opportunistic and proactive in the face of challenges. Consider the volatile inflation in the commodity markets, including that of chicken wings, ...

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