A 14-year veteran of executive management for Buffalo Wild Wings will appear in the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics Distinguished Speaker Series in April. Judy Shoulak, executive vice president and president of North America, will speak to the university and business communities on April 14 at the WVU Mountainlair Ballrooms at 10 a.m.
Founded in 1982, Buffalo Wild Wings is one of the fastest growing restaurant chains in the world. With 1,100 restaurants now operating, the company waited 29 years to open its first international location. Now, the company has locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and The Philippines.
Prior to holding her current position, she served as executive vice president, North American Operations from October 2011 to January 2014; executive vice president, Global Operations and Human Resources from January 2010 until October 2011; senior vice president, Operations, from March 2004 to December 2009, senior vice president, Human Resources from January 2003 to February 2004 and vice president of Human Resources from October 2001 to January 2003.
Before joining Buffalo Wild Wings, Shoulak accumulated an extensive background in Operations and Human Resources, including nine years in operations at JCPenney, eight years in operations, training and human resources at The Original Cookie Company, and eight years with OfficeMax, Inc. as vice president of human resources for its retail stores. At OfficeMax, she was responsible for providing strategic direction and support to nearly 1,000 stores, 19 delivery centers, two call centers and three distribution centers, as well as human resources support to joint venture partners in Mexico, Japan and Brazil.
Shoulak has been instrumental in creating foundational processes and fostering internal alignment to support Buffalo Wild Wings’ steady growth. She has been described as having a “genuine and approachable style, unwavering determination to accomplish the company’s goals, and dedication to developing passionate teams focused on high performance have enabled her to achieve consistently strong results.
Shoulak has a B.A. in Business Administration from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She has served as an active board member for the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance.
The B&E Distinguished Speaker Series is presented in part by Wells Fargo. The event is free and open to the public.
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