Golden Corral Names New CEO

RALEIGH, N.C. (The News & Observer/TNS) – Lance Trenary has been named president and CEO of the Raleigh-based Golden Corral, the nation’s leading grill and buffet chain.

Trenary, 54, has worked for Golden Corral 29 years and served as the company’s chief operating officer since 2011.

Trenary will be the third CEO of the company that started in Fayetteville, N.C., in 1973. Golden Corral now has 501 locations in 41 states.

Company founder James Maynard first served in the top position, followed by Ted Fowler, who was CEO for 25 years before he retired at the end of 2014.

Trenary said he plans to build on brand staples, such as variety and value, by emphasizing the company’s healthy eating options, finding ways to customize food preparation for customers and exploring building a Golden Corral outside of the U.S.