American Blue Ribbon Holdings, LLC, which owns and operates four restaurant groups and an award-winning bakery concept, named Gregory A. Hayes, 59, CPA, CGMA, to the newly created post of Chief Administrative Officer.

With more than 38 years of executive leadership experience in public and privately held corporations, Hayes now has administrative management responsibilities focused on the operations of the ABRH casual dining restaurant group. This includes the company’s O’Charley’s and Ninety Nine Restaurant and Pub concepts.

Hayes joins ABRH following three years with Nashville-based Direct General Insurance where he was most recently Senior Vice President—Finance. Prior to joining Direct General, Hayes served from 1998 through 2012 in various senior executive posts with AIG/American General, Nashville, and AIG/Sun America Financial Group, Houston. Hayes also served for five years (1993 to 1998) with Nashville-based Shoney’s, Inc. as Director of Financial Analysis, Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller and Senior Vice President and CFO.  Before serving with Shoney’s, Inc., Hayes was a Senior Manager Audit with Ernst & Young.

A graduate of Tennessee Tech University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting, Hayes is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA).  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and Financial Executives International.

Based in Nashville, ABRH currently owns and operates four restaurant groups including O’Charley’s, Ninety Nine Restaurant and Pub, Village Inn and Bakers Square. Additionally, ABRH owns and operates Legendary Bakery, an award-winning baker of gourmet pies and premium desserts sold to restaurants, independent bakers, retail/grocery customers and other food service customers. 

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