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Leadership Impact Spotlight: Mike Archer

We talk about leadership and leadership styles and the impact of leadership.  What happens when everything goes well?  I will present you with Leadership Impact Spotlights every so often.  This is the first of those, straight from Bloomberg Businessweek:

Michael J. Archer, Mike has been President of Applebee’s

International Inc. and Applebee’s Services, Inc. which have been subsidiaries of DineEquity Inc. since May 27, 2008. Mr. Archer is primarily responsible for executing the vision and future brand evolution for the organization, driving excellence within all functional disciplines, leading an effective and aligned leadership team, forging strong franchise relationships and developing tactical and strategic plans to improve results in all areas of the business at Applebee’s International. In addition, Mr. Archer is responsible for the revitalization of the brand that includes the redesigning of restaurant interiors and exteriors, changing the music format, uniforms, menu layout and selections and a new training program that will strengthen and enhance the traditional high energy service style. Mr. Archer is based out of Applebee’s Restaurant Support Center in Lenexa, Kansas. Mr. Archer served as President and Chief Operating Officer of T.G.I. Friday’s U.S.A., (T.G.I. Friday’s Inc.) a subsidiary of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide Inc., where he was Accountable for T.G.I. Friday’s USA brand strategy including operations, marketing, research and development, strategic sourcing, franchise operations, public relations and human resources. During his tenure, Mr. Archer and his team lead the successful turnaround of the T.G.I. Friday’s brand, including reversing a five-year decline of comparable store sales and guest counts, improving restaurant operating profit, and improving the guest experience measure to an all-time high.

Previously, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill, where he repositioned the concept, developed new brand positioning, led new restaurant expansion, and established new service and operational standards, among other accomplishments. Prior to that, he served as chief operating officer of Sullivan’s and Del Frisco’s where he was responsible for developing the Sullivan’s Steakhouse concept for Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon. He also served at Morton’s Restaurant Group, Inc. as president and chief operating officer of Morton’s of Chicago, Inc. where he led the growth of this premiere steakhouse concept. Throughout his thirteen-year career with Morton’s, he also served the position of Chief Financial Officer during which time he successfully negotiated two leveraged buyouts. Mr. Archer is known as one of the most effective operators and executives in the restaurant industry, reflected in the numerous awards and recognitions he has received throughout his twenty-five year restaurant career. Honors include being recognized as one of Restaurant Hospitality’s “Rising Stars”; being named as one of the “Power 50 The Next Generation” by Nation’s Restaurant News; and being awarded the “High Impact Restaurant Leadership Awards Upscale Dining” by Restaurant Business, among other accomplishments.

Dedicated to ensuring the development of others in the industry, he has been active with the MultiCultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance and the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) where he serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. His “High Impact Restaurant Leadership Awards ~ Upscale Dining”; he was a finalist at the American Business Awards in the “Best Business Turnaround” and “Best Executive” categories; T.G.I.Friday’s was chosen as one of the “Best Places to Work” by the Dallas Business Journal for two consecutive years; he was honored with the DiversityFIRST award at the Texas Diversity and Leadership Conference and Texas Monthly named T.G.I.Friday’s as one of the “Best Places to Work” in Texas. his accomplishments have also been recognized internally as he was honored as a finalist with the Carlson Fellow for Stewardship in 2007, the highest form of recognition with the Carlson enterprise. In addition, the Friday’s concept team, which he leads, received a Golden Rose in 2005 for team effectiveness. Mr. Archer holds a BBA in Accounting from St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin.

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