BBQ Holdings names Jim Gilbertson CFO

Famous Dave’s parent hires former Granite City financial chief


Ron Ruggless, Nation's Restaurant News 

Jan 10, 2020


BBQ Holdings Inc., formerly Famous Dave’s of America Inc., has named Jim Gilbertson as its new chief financial officer, the company said Thursday.


The Minnetonka, Minn.-based brand, which took on the new corporate name last September, said Gilbertson most recently served as CFO of Bluespire Inc., a digital marketing agency in Minneapolis. He earlier served as CFO at Children’s Broadcasting Corporation (Radio AAHS), Navarre Corp. and Granite City Food & Brewery.


“We are excited for the addition of Jim to our BBQ family,” said Jeff Crivello, BBQ Holdings CEO, in a statement. “Jim’s depth and breadth of knowledge with public companies and acquisitions is the skill set we were looking for. Jim has a great rapport and reputation within the community. He will play an important role as we execute our growth plan.”


Gilbertson worked with Granite City from 2007 to 2014. He also has worked with iMedia Brands Inc. and rareEARTH.


On Sept. 17, Famous Dave’s of America took on the new BBQ Holdings corporate name and changed its stock exchange symbol from DAVE to BBQ. Part of the reason for the name change was the fourth-quarter opening of a new concept, Clark Crew BBQ, in Oklahoma City.


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