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Black Bear Diner appoints president, COO

The new executives, both promoted from within, will aid in the family chain’s expansion, headquarters said.
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Black Bear Diner, a regional family-dining chain, has promoted CFO Anita Adams to the additional role of president and elevated Steve Standlea to COO. 

The franchisor said the appointments will facilitate the chain’s continuing expansion. The 121-unit operation opened 15 diners in 2018 and eight stores so far this year. It operates in 13 states.

Adams and Standlea report to Bruce Dean, CEO and co-founder of Black Bear. The chains specializes in hefty portions of homestyle fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Anita Adams

Anita Adams

Adams joined the company in March 2017 as CFO, and had already informally expanded her role, according to Dean. She has become a trusted voice of advice and leadership to myself and others at Black Bear Diner,” he said in a statement. 

Steve Standlea

Steve Standlea

Standlea joined the operation in September 2017 and most recently served as SVP of operations support. He will be responsible for such support functions as construction and training as well as overseeing store-level operations. 

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