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Famous Dave's Statement on NominationMonday, September 15, 2003
September 12, 2003 -- CEO David Goronkin announced today that President Bush intends to nominate its founder and Chairman, David Anderson, as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Affairs. Anderson's nomination will be subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. "Famous Dave's is thrilled about this honor for Dave Anderson, who has a long record of serving the community and his country," said Goronkin. "We are extremely proud that our founder and the man who has established the company-wide values of Famous Dave's has been selected to serve in this important role. The leadership skills, extraordinary vision and impeccable ethics that Dave brings to Famous Dave's and his other pursuits make him the perfect choice for this position." If Mr. Anderson is confirmed by the Senate as Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Indian Affairs, Anderson would step down from his position as Chairman of the Board of Directors and his other capacities with Famous Dave's. "We will truly miss Dave Anderson's presence and continued valuable contributions to Famous Dave's," said Goronkin. "Although he may be leaving Famous Dave's for the time being, Dave Anderson's values and dedication to superior quality and outstanding customer service will always be cornerstones of our business. Dave Anderson's vision, passion and standards will be very much present at Famous Dave's during the time that he serves our country." The Company also announced today that Jeffrey Dahlberg will continue in his role as Vice Chairman of the Company and the position of Chairman of the Board will remain open at this time. Mr. Dahlberg is the co-founder of Franchise Business Systems, Inc. and Grow Biz International. Dan Conroy, Director of Food and Beverage, has worked side-by-side with Anderson for over seven years in developing Famous Dave's recipes and high standards of quality and execution in food preparation, and is expected to continue to expand on his past work with Dave Anderson. The mentorship that Anderson has provided to Dan Conroy includes travels throughout the country visiting the bastions of barbeque excellence, as Anderson had done in developing the original Famous Dave's recipes. The two have spent extensive time in test kitchens, with Anderson steeping Dan Conroy in the distinctive flavor profile that makes Famous Dave's famous. "I am deeply honored at the prospect of being nominated as Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Indian Affairs. I welcome the opportunity to work closely with the American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments, as well as the Bureau of Indian Affairs," said David Anderson. "I would also like to thank the Famous Dave's team for their incredible support of this potential nomination. Our entire team shares the vision, passion and philosophy of the Famous Dave's brand and I am proud of this dedicated team and their unwavering dedication to the continued quality, excellence and growth of Famous Dave's." "We wish Dave Anderson the very best in his new position, and we know that he will continue to accomplish great things through his commitment to service," said Goronkin. "This is a proud day for Famous Dave's."
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