Anita Adams promoted to CEO of Black Bear Diner

Jeff Guido comes to brand as COO, while co-founder Bruce Dean will stay on as executive chair


Gloria Dawson, Nation's Restaurant News 

Jan 09, 2020


Promotions and hires continue at Black Bear Diner, the family dining brand based in Redding, Calif. Today, the brand announced that Anita Adams had been promoted from president to CEO. Black Bear also announced that restaurant veteran Jeff Guido would join the brand as chief operating officer. Bruce Dean, the brand’s co-founder and CEO, will remain with the company as executive chairman.


 “We have grown this brand larger than I ever would have anticipated and hoped for, and there is much more to come," said Dean in a statement. “My focus is now on perpetuating the next 25 years and ensuring we continue to prosper, grow and be the leader in family dining. Succession planning is paramount to ensure our long-term success, and to that end, I will be assuming the executive chairman position.”


Anita Adams, left, joined Black Bear Diner in March 2017 as chief financial officer; she added president to her title in April of 2019. In October Steve Sparks joined the brand and took over as CFO...