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									                                                  BUREON LEDBETTER
         4 Ocean Watch ♦ Daufuskie Island, South Carolina 29915 ♦ 404-788-8013 ♦ beledbetter@mac.com
                      ♦LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/bureon-ledbetter/a/953/651

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

A strategic thought leader with expertise in identifying and capturing potential opportunities, developing flexible and
vision-driven strategies, preventing liabilities, promoting value and clarity of the brand and creating an environment of
personal growth built on intrapreneurship. Leverage creativity and problem solving abilities with legal and business
background to maximize growth opportunities. A trusted advisor and "out-of-the-box" thinker, highly effective in
influencing executive decision-making and building a culture that supports consistent customer loyalty and brand
growth.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

CHICK-FIL-A, INC., Atlanta, GA.                          2008-Present
Retired, Executive Committee Member, General Counsel & Senior Vice Presiden, Real Estate

CHICK-FIL-A, INC., Atlanta, GA                             1979-2008
Executive Committee, Member (1982-2008)
Served on the Executive Committee that collaboratively made decisions regarding all aspects of the business, including
establishing the Corporate Purpose in 1982 and development, growth and organizational strategies as the company
grew from 100 mall locations and $79 million in sales in 1979 to 1200 locations and $2.9 billion in 2008.

General Counsel & Senior Vice President, Real Estate (2000-2008)
Responsible for developing and executing real estate acquisition and expansion strategies and activities for over 1,200
locations. Orchestrated the legal and real estate processes with a team of 40 professionals to include: lawyers, real
estate negotiators, research analysts, property managers and support staff. Responsible for the management of all
outsourced legal and research relationships. Oversaw franchising compliance and licensing agreements at college
campuses and airports. Advised ownership and directed negotiations on numerous personal matters such as Foundation
issues, foster homes, aviation facilities and personal real estate acquisitions.
•.          Engineered transition from a mall- based business to a freestanding-based business with drive thru in 1986
and playgrounds in 1987, which led to an industry- leading kid's meal strategy, "Growing Kids Inside Out".
•          Negotiated with the Department of Labor (DOL) to prevent a change in the independent contractor status of
franchisees, which subsequently led to the creation, development and management of a proactive educational program
for the DOL.
•          Developed a sales forecasting tool, adapting big box techniques to fit the QSR category, which allowed the
real estate division to maintain autonomy in making customer-focused decisions and produced forecasting accuracy
within 5% of sales, well below industry standards.
•          Envisioned, created and introduced a best in class employee wellness program that broke through traditional
paradigms of a corporate health facility. This 12,000 sq. ft. facility currently serves 72% of employees and offers a
wide variety of unique employee engagement solutions.
•          Pioneered the strategy to expand the Chick-fil-A brand into California and created the first regional office to
offer more effective franchisee support, which led to over $100 million in new sales from the Southern California
market and enabled the company to compete directly with In-N-Out Burger, a QSR leader. Success of this initiative
positioned the company to achieve its 10 year goal.
•          Successfully secured a 200,000+ sq. ft. aviation facility that had been in litigation and closed for seven years
by facilitating strategic negotiations, conducting additional litigation and leveraging a unique relationship with the
existing owner. Facility housed the aviation department and the movie set of a production of Lifetime Television.
•          Established a small market growth strategy that led to the opening of stores in existing states, producing
significant growth opportunities from existing customer bases.
• Conducted comprehensive feasibility studies for the UK and Asian markets. Additionally, negotiated an exit strategy
from the under-producing South African market.
BUREON LEDBETTER                                             Page Two

CHICK-FIL-A, INC. (Continued)

•         Initiated and developed the strategy to expand home office support to a non-traditional off-site location,
which was approved and funded by the Executive Committee and has the potential to save $50 million.
• Featured in “How Chick-fil-A’s GC has Served ‘Chickin’ Well,” in General Counsel South magazine (
http://www.law.com/jsp/ga/PubArticleDRO.jsp?id=1202552430588 ) and “An Ounce of Prevention,” in Georgia Trend
magazine.
General Counsel & Vice President, Real Estate (1984-2000)
Oversaw the growth strategy for more than 600 mall locations and over 40 free-standing locations; Managed the
strategies and activities of the Legal Department.
•          Gained competitive advantage in securing real estate locations by building an industry-leading team of real
estate professionals and providing them with unprecedented deal-making authority.
•          Initiated the inclusion of playgrounds into free-standing restaurants, which led to sales contributions of over
10%, created industry-leading adult loyalty and precipitated the creation of an industry-leading kid’s meal program.
Success of this program resulted in more kids meals sold per $1,000 than McDonald’s.
•          Conducted effective negotiations with mall owners that enabled Chick-fil-A’s Sunday closing policy to be
honored in the face of changing trends.
•          Negotiated and managed the lease for Berry College’s Berry Academy property, which houses the activities
of the family’s WinShape Foundation.

General Counsel & Director of Leasing (1979-1984)
Established the first Real Estate and Legal Departments.
•         Negotiated all leases and tripled the number of mall locations.
• Formalized a trademark policy and compliance with FTC franchise laws.
• Negotiated the purchase of the current Chick-fil-A 75 acre campus.

EDUCATION

JD, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, AL (1979)
•       Elected Law Student Division President for American Bar Association

BA, Public Administration, Auburn University, Auburn, AL (1975)

MBA, Auburn University, Auburn, AL (one year, left to enter law school)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Belmont University, Nashville, TN: Past Board Member
•        Initiated and funded a musical showcase program in New York City.
Medical Institute for Sexual Health, Austin, TX: Past Board Member
MCYM(Young Life Military), Colorado Springs, CO: Past Board Member

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Eagle Scout, golf, fishing, travel, NGO advisor

								
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