The Power List 2017: Sally Smith

January 24, 2017

Sally Smith is deploying a steady hand and 20 years as Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. CEO to guide the 1,200-unit casual-dining chain through a challenging sales environment and pressure from an activist investor.

“This is a pivotal time in Buffalo Wild Wings’ history,” said Smith in a fall earnings call.

The Minneapolis-based company had just reported that same-store sales for the third quarter ended Sept. 25 had decreased 1.8 percent at company-owned restaurants and 1.6 percent at franchised Buffalo Wild Wings units, capping the longest period of sales challenges since the company went public in 2003.

The consecutive quarters