|Robert S. Merritt|
Robert S. Merritt has served as an independent member of our board of directors since October 2009. Mr. Merritt has had a career in the restaurant industry that spans nearly three decades. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Cosi, Inc., a NASDAQ listed restaurant company. Previously, Mr. Merritt served on the Board of Directors of Outback Steakhouse, Inc., as well as the boards of each of Outback's operating subsidiaries and joint ventures. He was also one of the original members of Outback Steakhouse Inc.'s senior management team, where he oversaw the initial public offering and helped steward the growth of the company from operating five restaurants in Florida in 1990 to over 1250 restaurants located in 22 countries when he retired in 2005. Mr. Merritt has also held various senior management positions with JB's Restaurants, a 150 unit family dining restaurant chain; Vie de France Corporation, a restaurant and specialty baking company located in the Washington D.C. area, which he also helped to take public in 1983; and Price Waterhouse & Co.