Enrique "Rick" Silva
President, CEO & Passionate Leader of Change
Rick Silva joined Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc., as President and CEO in February of 2007 and was appointed Vice Chairman of its Board of Directors in 2009. Since joining the Company, Mr. Silva has led a comprehensive restructuring and expansion of the Checkers®/Rally’s® business. He recruited industry-leading talent to the management team, led the development of a new brand strategy, and directed the implementation of best-in-class operating and performance management systems. This work has resulted in a complete transformation of the business, and today, Checkers/Rally’s is a vibrant growth brand.&break;Under his leadership, the financial and operational performance of Checkers/Rally’s restaurants has significantly improved. Not only are restaurants delivering faster speed of service and higher guest satisfaction, they are also generating more revenue and profits. He led sales-driving initiatives that added new layers of revenue to the business and implemented a set of core values that have become foundational to the brand’s culture. During Mr. Silva’s tenure, the chain has experienced category-leading sales growth, with more than two straight years of consecutive comp sales increases every quarter. Moreover, the company is growing again. New franchisees are signing up in record number, and a new Checkers or Rally’s restaurant opens almost every week.&break;Before joining Checkers/Rally’s, Mr. Silva served in a number of leadership positions at Burger King Corporation for more than 13 years. As President of their Latin America division, he grew their brand across South & Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Mr. Silva also ran their U.S. Company Operations, where he oversaw more than 600 company restaurants with a team of 15,000 employees and successfully led the financial, operational and cultural turnaround of those restaurants. As Senior Vice President, Franchise Operations, he was responsible for more than 3,300 franchise restaurants in the U.S. and Canada.&break;Throughout his career, Mr. Silva has earned a reputation for bringing energy, vision and endless dedication to his work. Television viewers saw that first hand when he was featured on the CBS hit show, Undercover Boss, where, as “Alex Garcia,” a Checkers trainee, he went undercover to find additional ways to improve and grow the Checkers business. Mr. Silva earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is a licensed attorney in the State of Florida and is a member of the Florida Bar. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Miami, Florida.