Executive Team

Billy Sewell

President

Billy started with Golden Corral in 1989 as an Associate Manager; then worked as a GM and a DM before becoming a franchisee in 1996. He serves on several Golden Corral franchisee councils and committees. He was named the NCRLA North Carolina Restauranteur of the Year in 2008; and became an NRA Board Member in 2009. His passion for excellence and attention to detail is the driving force of Platinum Corral. Billy has a Business degree from Campbell University.

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Jeff Lepper

Director of Staffing

 

Jeff entered the Golden Corral system in 2001 as a General Manager, and also held positions as Training Director and Marketing Director with another GC franchise. He joined Platinum Corral in 2005. With Platinum, Jeff held the position of General Manager and District Manager before taking the Director of Staffing role in 2008. He is responsible for salaried manager recruitment and hiring, manpower succession planning as well as continued human resource development.

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Tim Martin

Director of Training

Tim began his restaurant career at the age of 16 making pizzas, working his way to a GM role. He decided to join the Platinum Corral team in 2004. In 15 years, he’s worked as KM & SM & GM in both low volume to high volume restaurants. The last 10 years Tim has been a GM, most recently in Wake Forest, NC where he was a both a Training store for Managers and a PDG (Product Development) test store.

Tim believes in hard work, patience and loyalty to the brand and to his people. As the Director of Training, Tim is responsible for all aspects of training, for both managers and coworkers, along with internal development programs for each

Travis Strickland

District Leader Operations East

Travis began his career with Golden Corral during 2001. He worked for two Golden Corral franchises before joining Platinum Corral in 2006 as a Kitchen Manager. He was promoted to Operations Manager in 2011. He has contributed to several store openings, served as Acting GM where needed, and participated in PDG.  He is certified in TTT. He brings the hands-on experience of working every position as a co-worker and of working at all levels of management. Travis obtained his Associates degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix.

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Mike Davis

District Leader Operations Mid-Virginia

Mike joined Platinum in May of 2019. He leads the stores in Mid-Virginia.

Mike worked 17 years with a competitor cafeteria style restaurant group as a GM and Area manager. He then worked 11 years for a Steakhouse group that operates several brands; Mike held various roles to include: Franchise Director, Regional Manager, Staffing Director and Purchaser.

Mike believes that great management consists of great food, great sanitation; being well organized; that team growth occurs through positive energy and results; that when you show respect to your people it spreads and filters to the guests.

Charles Stafford

District Leader Operations Western NC

Charles Stafford supervises stores in Western NC. Charles joined Platinum in 1997; he was the first salaried hire after the inception of the company. After being immersed in the Platinum culture of it's the food first, he ran several units as GM. The last 11 years as GM in Concord NC, his financials and cost controls have set the standard by which all others are measured. He is affectionately referred to by other franchisees as "the legend". He and his team won Platinum Store of the Year 5 years running, a record not likely to be repeated. Charles has a passion for systems, routines & tools that keep focus on the details that generate big results. He is a true believer that great things can be done when you maximize your people's strengths while managing to their opportunities.

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Jace Stickdorn

District Leader Ohio & West Virginia

Jace joined Platinum in 2012. He supervises the Ohio & West Virginia markets.  He is a 2o year veteran of the restaurant business; the past 11 years as a multi-unit manager of Golden Corrals with another franchisee in the Ohio market.  Jace earned his B.A. from Muskingan College while launching his restaurant career. Jace brings a passion for serving the guest by supporting the people that touch the guest; his focus on the people<guest<profit chain has demonstrated and continues to generate a solid record of excellent operational results.

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