President & CEO
Sizzler USA, Inc.
Kerry Kramp was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Sizzler USA, Inc. in June 2008 after serving on the Sizzler USA Board. Sizzler has created its own unique niche where it operates in a fast casual restaurant format while maintaining a “full service” casual dining feel. Sizzler USA currently operates 33 company owned restaurants and franchises 167 restaurants domestically. Sizzler owns or franchises close to 300 restaurants worldwide.
In the thirty plus years that Kerry has been in the Foodservice Industry from Dishwash Station to Board Room, Kerry’s passion has been to combine his love of food with his respect for talent. His main focus and goal is helping to develop Teams with good old fashion values of hospitality, great food, and exceeding guests expectations. Sizzler is a great iconic brand that is possibly more relevant today than even at its start over 50 years ago!!
Previous Work History
From November 2004 through June 2008, Kerry developed Love Chicken, LLC, a Raising Cane’s Chicken Finger Franchise with two restaurants operating in Minnesota.
Kerry joined HomeTown Buffet, Inc. as its Vice President of Operations in 1992 when the company had two restaurants, and has assumed increasing levels of responsibility during his 13 year affiliation with the company. He previously served as President from 1995 – 2000 initially with HomeTown Buffet and from 1996 forward as President of Buffets, Inc. following HomeTown’s merger with Buffets. He also served as Chief Operating Officer of Buffets, Inc. from 1996 until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer on May 30, 2000. In addition, Kerry was elected to the Board of Directors of HomeTown Buffet in 1995 and to the Board of Directors of Buffets, Inc. in 2000.
From May 30, 2000 through November 2004, Kerry held the title of President and Chief Executive Officer of Buffets, Inc. – parent company of the family oriented buffet restaurants known as Old Country Buffet and HomeTown Buffet. In addition to buffet restaurants, the company also operated 9 Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouses.
In his role as CEO, Mr. Kramp had enterprise-wide responsibility for the Buffets Corporation. Shortly after his CEO appointment, he led the company through its going private transaction which closed in October 2000 and was led by private equity firm Caxton-Iseman Capital in conjunction with a group of investors, including Buffets management. Also under Mr. Kramp’s leadership, the company reached a major milestone on December 27, 2000 when it achieved a sales volume of $1 Billion, which Kerry credits to the hard work and dedication of Buffets’ almost 25,000 employees.
Mr. Kramp started his restaurant career with Steak and Ale Restaurants in Columbus, Ohio where he was a restaurant manager from 1977 through 1979 when he left to attend the Culinary Institute of America. From 1980 through 1985, he was the Director and later Vice President of Food and Beverage for Chi-Chi’s Inc. From 1985 - 1986, Mr. Kramp created a quick serve chicken concept while serving as Vice President of Food Operations for CloverLeaf Group, a consulting and real estate firm in Los Angeles. From 1986 to 1988 Kerry was Chief Operating Officer and co-founder (along with former Miss America Phyllis George) of Chicken by George, Inc., a company that created and marketed a retail chicken product line. When the Geo. A. Hormel Company acquired Chicken by George in 1988, Kramp became Hormel’s Director of Specialty Foods.
Although Mr. Kramp’s passion for the foodservice business was first inspired by his grandfather, it was his BS Degree in Restaurant Management from the Ohio State University and his attendance at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY that provided him with the skills and culinary knowledge to help fulfill his career long commitment – providing guests with quality food and a dining experience that exceeds their expectations.
Kerry Kramp received the NRN 2003 Golden Chain Award and was named IFMA’s 2002 Silver Plate Award Winner in Chain Full Service and was recipient of the CHART 2002 Commitment to People Award. Mr. Kramp is also a member of the Advisory Council for the Elliot Leadership Institute, a recent inductee as a Fellow of the Culinary Institute of America, and was honored at the Ohio State University as a distinguished Alumnus. Mr. Kramp also serves on the Advisory Boards of two Restaurant Companies (Shari’s Restaurants and McAlister’s Deli).
Kerry is married to Pam and they have three children, Kerry Jr., Katy, and Kent.