Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Grill Concepts, Inc.
Wayne Lipschitz was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in July 2006. Lipschitz, 44, previously served as chief financial officer of International Coffee & Tea, the Los Angeles-based operator of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf retail stores, and was corporate controller of The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., where he implemented several software initiatives and enhanced efficiencies in the finance department. Lipschitz began his restaurant experience as controller for the Wolfgang Puck Food Company, the frozen food and casual dining segment of the Wolfgang Puck restaurants. Most recently, the Certified Public Accountant oversaw the financial and economic development areas for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, which included the casino and water bottling plant, as well as sitting on the board of the Tribe's Twin Palms restaurant in Pasadena, CA.
Lipschitz, a Certified Public Accountant, received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from California State University, Northridge.