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Golden Corral Holiday Sweepstakes Official Rules

Read the official rules for Golden Corral’s current holiday sweepstakes

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Golden Corral® Holiday Sweepstakes




Void where prohibited.

1) PROMOTION PERIOD: The Golden Corral® Holiday Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes” or “Promotion”) starts on November 15, 2021 at 12:00:00 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on December 31, 2021 at 11:59:59 PM ET (the “Promotion Period”) and is comprised of eight (8) unique Drawing Periods as described in Rule #4 below. Instagram or Twitter runs the official clock for the Sweepstakes and will solely determine the time by which an entry is received. 2) ELIGIBILITY: The Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin who at time of entry are 18 years of age or older (the “Entrant”). Employees and non-employee workers of The Coca-Cola Company (the “Sponsor”) and Coca-Cola Bottlers, Golden Corral Corporation (“Golden Corral”) and their respective parent companies, related subsidiaries and affiliated companies, franchisees, prize providers, and advertising and promotion agencies including Marden-Kane, Inc. (the “Administrator”), and each of their respective agents, representatives, officers, directors, shareholders, and employees (collectively “Released Entities”), and the immediate families (spouse and parents, children and siblings, and their respective spouses regardless of where they live) and individuals living in the same households, whether related or not, of the above, are not eligible to enter or win a prize. Each Entrant by participating in the Promotion, agrees to be bound by the Official Rules and by Sponsor’s and/or Administrator’s decisions. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.  3) HOW TO ENTER: There are three ways to enter the Sweepstakes as further described below. To participate in the Sweepstakes, Entrant must have a valid Instagram (“Instagram”) or Twitter (“Twitter”) account that is set to “public”. If you do not have an account, visit Instagram or Twitter to create one. There is no fee or charge to become a registered user. By submitting your information and creating an account, you agree to the respective terms of use and privacy notice. If you do not agree to such terms of use and privacy notice, you cannot create a respective account. You can return your account and entry to “private” any time after the winner announcement.  Via Golden Corral Restaurant Visit To Enter via Instagram:
  1. Visit a participating Golden Corral restaurant ( and take a photo with Santa;
  2. Log into your Instagram account. Your Instagram account must be set to public;
  3. Follow @goldencorral; 
  4. Post your photo on Instagram and include the following hashtag: #HolidaySweepstakes.
To Enter via Twitter:
  1. Visit a participating Golden Corral restaurant ( and take a photo with Santa;
  2. Log into your Twitter account. Your Twitter account must be set to public;
  3. Follow @goldencorral; 
  4. Post your photo on Instagram and include the following hashtag: #HolidaySweepstakes.
All entry information and posts (including the required hashtag as noted above) shall be collectively referred to herein as the entry (the “Entry”). Your post must comply with Instagram’s Terms of Use available at or Twitter’s Terms of Service at

Via Mail (without restaurant visit): To enter without visiting a participating Golden Corral® restaurant, handprint in English in black ink on a 3”x 5” piece of paper your complete name, mailing address, mobile phone number, email address, and date of birth and then mail it in a properly stamped envelope to “Golden Corral Holiday Sweepstakes, PO Box 488, Syosset, NY 11791-0488” (the “Mail-in Entry”). To be entered into a Sweepstakes drawing as further detailed below in Rule #4, the Mail-in Entry must be postmarked by 12/31/2021 and received by 1/7/2022. Mail-In Entries that comply with the above requirements will be included in the drawing that corresponds to the date on which your Mail-In Entry is received. Entries that are illegible, incomplete, postage due, late, or inaccurate are void. Entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned. Incomplete entries or entries not complying with these Official Rules are subject to disqualification, at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Proof of mailing does not constitute proof of delivery. Any Entry information collected for/from the Sweepstakes shall be used only in a manner consistent with these Official Rules. All material submitted becomes property of Sponsor and will not be returned. No correspondence will be acknowledged or entered into; requests for confirmation of receipt of mail-in entries will not be acknowledged.

You may submit one (1) Entry per Drawing Period (as defined below) during the Promotion Period. Entries received from any person in excess of the stated limitation will be void. By participating in the Sweepstakes, Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules. Except where prohibited by law, Entrants irrevocably grant to Sponsor, its affiliates, agents and licensees, the royalty-free right and permission to unconditionally reproduce, store, transmit, publish, display, use or reuse your name and prize information, as well as any other information or materials arising out of your participation in the Sweepstakes for advertising, promotional, commercial, publicity and/or any other purposes (without limitation), in any and all media now or hereafter known, in any language, throughout the world, and in any manner without further review, notice, approval, consideration or compensation of Entrant. Unless prohibited by law, Entrants waive any rights of privacy, rights of publicity, intellectual property rights, and other rights that may preclude Sponsor from using or disclosing all or any part of your Entry in any manner and for any purpose. By participating, Entrants further release Sponsor from any future claims arising out of any use or disclosure of Entrants participation consistent with these Official Rules. By participating, Entrants acknowledge and agree that Entrants will not now or in the future be paid or compensated in any way for participation or for granting the Sponsor any of the rights set out in these Official Rules, whether chosen as a winner or not. Entrants further agree that Sponsor is not obligated to make use of any of the rights granted in these Official Rules.  Usage of Instagram and Twitter may require a mobile device and therefore you may be charged for standard data rates according to the terms and conditions in your agreement with your wireless carrier. You agree to incur any and all charges demanded by your wireless carrier. You should also check your device’s features for capabilities and check the device manual for specific use instructions. The person submitting the Entry must be the authorized account holder of said Instagram or Twitter account, otherwise the Entry may be deemed void. Multiple entrants are not permitted to share the same Instagram or Twitter account. In the event of a dispute over the identity of a potential winner, the Entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the Instagram or Twitter account used for Entry, and potential winner may be required to provide identification sufficient to show that he/she is the authorized account holder of such Instagram or Twitter account. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned to the applicable Instagram or Twitter, account by Instagram or Twitter. Proof of submission of an Entry does not constitute proof of delivery of Entry. Multiple accounts may not be used, and anyone found to use multiple accounts to enter will be deemed ineligible.  By submitting your Entry you agree that (1) your Entry conforms to any terms of use/platform guidelines, policies and content restrictions of Instagram or Twitter (2) conforms to the Guidelines and Content Restrictions below; and (3) Sponsor and/or Administrator, in their sole discretion, and without notice, may disqualify you from the Sweepstakes if they determine that your Entry fails to conform to these Official Rules including without limitation the Guidelines and Content Restrictions below.

Guidelines and Content Restrictions
  • The Entry must not include any private information such as address, phone number or email address;
  • The Entry must be in English and include the required hashtag;
  • The Entry must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity, copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights; 
  • The Entry must not disparage or embarrass Sponsor, Golden Corral, their respective owners and employees, or any other person or party affiliated with the Sweepstakes.
  • The Entry must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous, or libelous;
  • The Entry must not contain any materials relating to lotteries, gambling, tobacco, alcohol or drugs, pornography, adult-oriented content, or any other sexually explicit material;
  • The Entry must not contain anything that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred, or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age; and
  • The Entry must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where Entry is created.
  • Entry must not in any other way violate applicable federal, state, or local laws and regulations; and must be suitable for presentation in a public forum.
Entries submitted will not be judged. The winners will be selected via a random drawing as detailed in Rule #4 below. If the Sponsor determines that the content of the Entry does not comply with the Guidelines and Content Restrictions, the Entry will not be eligible for any prize consideration and may be withdrawn without notice from the Sweepstakes at any time at the sole discretion of the Sponsor and/or Administrator.

4) PRIZE DRAWING AND DRAWING SCHEDULE: There will be a total of eight (8) random drawings conducted by the Administrator, whose decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to this Sweepstakes, from all eligible entries submitted during each applicable drawing period (the “Drawing Period”), as outlined in the “Drawing Schedule” below.
Drawing Period Starts 12:00:00 AM Ends 11:59:59PM Drawing (on/about)
1 11/15/2021 11/21/2021 11/29/2021
2 11/22/2021 11/28/2021 12/6/2021
3 11/29/2021 12/5/2021 12/13/2021
4 12/6/2021 12/12/2021 12/20/2021
5 12/13/2021 12/19/2021 12/27/2021
6 12/20/2021 12/26/2021 1/3/2022
7 12/27/2021 12/31/2021 1/10/2022
Grand Prize 11/15/2021 12/31/2021 1/10/2022

Odds of winning a prize depend on the total number of eligible entries received per Drawing Period. With the exception of the Grand Prize Drawing, entries included in one Drawing Period will not be eligible for subsequent drawings. Potential winners are subject to eligibility verification and compliance with these Official Rules.  5) PRIZES AND APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUES (“ARV”): A total of Two Hundred Sixty-Five (265) prizes will be offered in the Sweepstakes as per the chart below:
Drawing Period Prize  (One winner will be selected for each available prize listed at the sole discretion of the Sponsor) ARV Total  ARV
1 20 (twenty) $25 Golden Corral Gift Cards 15 (fifteen) Gym Sack’s 5 (five) Knit Scarfs & Mittens $25.00 $25.00 $50.00 $500.00 $375.00 $250.00
2 20 (twenty) $25 Golden Corral Gift Cards 15 (fifteen) Gym Sack’s 4 (four) Knit Scarfs & Mittens $25.00 $25.00 $50.00 $500.00 $375.00 $200.00
3 20 (twenty) $25 Golden Corral Gift Cards 14 (fourteen) Gym Sack’s 4 (four) Knit Scarfs & Mittens $25.00 $25.00 $50.00 $500.00 $350.00 $200.00
4 – 7 20 (twenty) $25 Golden Corral Gift Cards 14 (fourteen) Gym Sack’s 3 (three) Knit Scarfs & Mittens $25.00 $25.00 $50.00 $500.00 $350.00 $150.00
Grand Prize $5,000 Prize Check $5,000 $5,000.00

The Total ARV of all prizes to be awarded in the Sweepstakes is $12,250. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. 6) PRIZE RESTRICTIONS: Gift Cards are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the issuer thereof. Limit one (1) prize per household throughout the Sweepstakes. Sponsor is not responsible for damage to a prize or loss of a prize after the prize has been delivered to a confirmed winner. Sponsor makes no warranties, and hereby disclaims any and all warranties, expressed or implied, concerning any prize furnished by third parties in connection with the Sweepstakes.  At Sponsor’s sole discretion, prize may vary to what has been advertised, pictured, etc. All details of prizes not specified herein shall be determined solely by Sponsor. 7) POTENTIAL WINNER NOTIFICATION AND PRIZE FULFILLMENT: Potential winners will be contacted via their applicable method of entry with instructions on how to claim their prize as follows: (i) Instagram via direct message from @goldencorral; (ii) Twitter via notification from @goldencorral; or (iii) by email from the Administrator for those who entered via mail. The required response to such direct message/notification (e.g., full name, mailing address, email address, etc.) must be received within two (2) business days from the time initial direct message or notification was sent or potential winner will be disqualified, and an alternate potential winner will be selected. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for undeliverable email or undeliverable direct message/notification resulting from any form of active or passive filtering by Instagram or Twitter or for insufficient space in user’s account to receive direct messages/notifications. The potential Grand Prize winner will also be required to complete, sign, and return the following documents (collectively, the “Documents”): [1] an affidavit of eligibility and liability release and, where legal, a publicity release and, [2] an IRS Form W-9 to include his/her social security number that will be used only for the purpose of reporting the winner’s prize earnings to the Internal Revenue Service. If the Potential Grand Prize winner (i) cannot be contacted after a reasonable attempt has been made by Administrator (as determined in Sponsor’s sole discretion); or (ii) fails to return the completed Documents by the date stated in the notification letter/email; or (iii) refuses the prize; or (iv) the prize or prize notification is rejected or returned as undeliverable, then such Potential Grand Prize winner will be disqualified and forfeits all rights to be deemed a winner and an alternate Potential Grand Prize winner will be notified, time permitting. Upon prize forfeiture, no compensation will be given. All prizes will be fulfilled by the Administrator within 5 to 7 weeks after verification. 8) GENERAL: All federal, state, and other tax liabilities arising from a prize are the sole responsibility of each prize winner. Sponsor and/or Administrator will not enter into any correspondence, including, email, with non-winning entrants. The Official Rules prevail should there be any conflict or uncertainty relating to the promotion based on information or advice provided by any of the Released Entities. 9) CONDUCT: By entering into this Promotion and/or receiving a prize, Entrants and prize winners agree to be bound by these Official Rules and waive any rights to claim ambiguity in the Promotion or these Official Rules. These Official Rules are accessible at throughout the Promotion Period. Failure to comply with these Official Rules will result in disqualification. The Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual: (a) suspected of tampering with the Entry process or the operation of the Promotion; (b) to be acting in any manner deemed by the Sponsor to be in violation of the Official Rules; (c) to be acting in any manner deemed by the Sponsor to constitute unsportsmanlike or disruptive behavior, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A USER OR ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS PROMOTION IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND COSTS (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.  10) LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: The Released Parties assume no responsibility or liability for (a) any incorrect or inaccurate Entry information, or for any lost, late, illegible, stolen, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, misdirected, faulty, failed, garbled or jumbled electronic data transmissions; (b) any unauthorized access to, or theft, destruction or alteration of Entries at any point in the operation of this Sweepstakes; (c) any technical malfunction, failure, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or communications line failure, regardless of cause, with regard to any equipment, systems, networks, lines, satellites, servers, computers or providers utilized in any aspect of the operation of the Sweepstakes; (d) inaccessibility or unavailability of the Internet or any combination thereof; or (e) any injury or damage to the participant’s or to any other person’s computer which may be related to or resulting from any attempt to participate in the Sweepstakes or download any materials from/about the Sweepstakes. If, for any reason, the Sweepstakes is not able to run through completion for reasons which may include, without limitation, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which may corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, including any other factors beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control such as a Force Majeure (e.g., war, riots, terrorism, civil unrest, strikes, blackouts, supply shortages, order of governmental authority,) an “act of God” (e.g., natural disasters, weather, etc.) or an unforeseeable health event (e.g. pandemic or epidemic), then the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes in whole or in part, without further liability to the Entrants or third parties. This Sweepstakes may be canceled or postponed by Sponsor, at any time, in its sole discretion, due to the ongoing pandemic (e.g., Coronavirus/COVID-19). In the event the Sweepstakes is cancelled, Sponsor reserves the right to award prizes in a random drawing from among all eligible non-suspect Entries received prior to the time of the action or event warranting such cancellation. With regard to this Sweepstakes, the Sponsor will only contact those Entrants deemed as potential winners for purposes of clearance and awarding of the prize. These Official Rules prevail should there be any conflict or uncertainty relating to the Sweepstakes based on information or advice provided by any of the Released Parties. 11) WINNER RELEASES: All Entrants, as a condition of Entry into the Promotion, agree to release and hold harmless Released Entities from and against any and all liability, loss, claims, demands or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages, costs, or losses to persons or property which may be sustained in connection with: (a) downloading and using the App; (b) submitting an Entry or otherwise participating in any aspect of the Promotion; (c) the acceptance, receipt, ownership, use or misuse of any prize awarded; (d) any typographical or other error in these Official Rules or the announcement of the offering of the prize; or (e) any claims based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, trademark infringement or any other intellectual property-related cause of action. Each prize winner shall bear all risk of loss or damage to the prize after it has been delivered.  12) PRIVACY: By entering the Promotion, you grant the Released Entities permission to use your personal information in accordance with Sponsor’s privacy policy which can be found at By participating in the Promotion, Entrants hereby acknowledge that they have read and accepted Sponsor’s privacy policy. Information collected from Entrants (such as name, postal address, and email address) is used only for the purpose to notify each potential winner, and will not be re-used, sold, or shared in any manner by Sponsor or any third parties unless Entrant has opted-in to receive additional information and marketing or promotional material from Sponsor or a third party. 13) DISPUTES: Any attempt by a person to use multiple e-mail accounts to enter more than once will result in disqualification. Entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used at time of Entry. In the event of a dispute over who submitted a winning Entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address attached to that winning Entry will be declared the winner. “Authorized Account Holder” is defined as the natural person assigned to a username/e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization responsible for assigning usernames/e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the username/e-mail address in question. Potential winners may be asked to provide Sponsor with satisfactory proof that he/she is the Authorized Account Holder of the e-mail address associated with a potential winning Entry. Entry generated by a script, macro or other automated means will be disqualified. Entries that are incomplete, illegible, or corrupted are void and will not be accepted. 14) GOVERNING LAW: This Promotion is conducted in English (which will be given its everyday ordinary meaning), and Entrant agrees that: (a) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Promotion or any prizes awarded shall be resolved individually, without resorting to any form of class action, and exclusively by the United States District Court for Atlanta, Georgia or the appropriate Georgia State Court; and (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with participating in the Promotion, but in no event attorneys’ fees. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the participant and Sponsor’s in connection with the Promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Georgia, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Georgia or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Georgia. 15) WINNER’S LIST: To receive a copy of the winner’s list, available after September 30, 2021 or after all winners have been verified, send an email with subject line: “Golden Corral Holiday Sweepstakes ” to All such requests must be received by January 30, 2021. 16) SPONSOR AND ADMINISTRATOR: Sponsor: The Coca-Cola Company, One Coca-Cola Plaza, Atlanta, GA 30313. The Administrator is Marden-Kane, Inc., 575 Underhill Blvd, Suite 222, Syosset, NY 11791.

Golden Corral Corporation is not a sponsor of the promotion.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Instagram is a registered trademark of Instagram, Inc. Twitter is a registered trademark of Twitter, Inc. This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or in association with Instagram or Twitter. Entrants understand that you are providing your information to Sponsor, and not to Instagram or Twitter. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Sweepstakes are to be directed to Sponsor, at the address noted above, not Instagram or Twitter.

© 2021 Marden-Kane, Inc. All rights reserved. These Official Rules may not be copied, edited, or used for any other purpose, commercial or otherwise, without the express written consent of Marden-Kane, Inc.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Sweepstakes begins at 12:00 AM ET on 11/15/2021 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on 12/31/2021. Open only to residents of eligible states 18 years of age or older at time of entry. For rules, eligibility, free method of entry, and complete details visit Sponsor: The Coca-Cola Company, One Coca-Cola Plaza, Atlanta, GA 30313.



Lance Trenary began his restaurant career in his father’s restaurant at a young age, where he learned the value of guests and the people who serve them. Lance joined Golden Corral in 1986 as Partner Manager. After deciding to pursue a multiunit career with Golden Corral, he quickly rose through the system, holding leadership roles of increasing responsibility. He was named President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2015, leading America’s largest buffet and grill concept and becoming only the third person to hold this position in the brand’s 49-year history. This year marks Lance’s 36th year with Golden Corral.

Lance’s industry leadership includes his current role as Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Restaurant Association, as well as serving as a Trustee for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Lance also serves on the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association and is a former Chair (2016). He has chaired the Restaurant Industry Executive Council and served as a WFF CEO Advisory Council member.

Lance was the 2022 recipient of the highest honor in the restaurant industry, the IFMA Gold and Silver Plate Awards. In 2019, Lance was named the Restaurateur of the Year by NCRLA and was a past recipient of the Griff and June Glover Award for Distinguished Service. In addition, Lance was the recipient of the 2019 Chairman’s Award for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and was the National Restaurant Association’s 2020 Chairman’s Award recipient for outstanding leadership and contributions to the industry. He has also been named to the Society of Fellows of the Culinary Institute of America.

Committed to giving back, Lance served as a founding board member for Camp Corral, a summer camp for children of wounded or fallen military service members, and chaired the board in 2019. Lance also serves on the Founder’s Circle Advisory Board for Project Healing Waters, which is dedicated to physically and emotionally rehabilitating wounded or disabled military service personnel. He was honored by that organization with the Patriot Award for a lifelong commitment to our military veterans. In addition, he is a passionate supporter of ProStart for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. He contributes time and resources to help young people explore career opportunities in the industry he loves. He makes supporting the development of the future leaders of the restaurant industry a personal priority.

Lance and his wife of 37 years, Paulette, have two adult daughters, Elizabeth and Ally-Catherine.



Jim has been part of the Golden Corral family for over 41 years. In 2014, Jim was appointed Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration of Golden Corral and GC Cares. In his current role as the Chief Financial Officer of Golden Corral Corporation, Jim directs the Accounting and IT Departments and is responsible for the protection of the financial assets of the company, coordination of the company’s budget, financial forecasting for the strategic plan and maintaining the company’s records.

Jim graduated with a B.S. in Accounting from Penn State University in 1979.

He is an avid golfer and sports enthusiasts as well as an active member of his church family. Making their home in Cary, NC, Jim and his wife enjoy spending time with their children and their spouses as well as their grandchildren.



Shelley Wolford has worked in the hospitality industry for over 25 years.  She joined the extended leadership team at Golden Corral Corporation ten years ago, first as Vice President of National Marketing for six years, before moving into a senior leadership role as Senior Vice President of Strategy & Communications.  This year, Shelley’s role expanded to Chief People Officer, which includes leadership responsibility for Human Resources, while retaining her strategy and communications responsibilities. 

Shelley also dedicates time to advancing meaningful industry causes through her roles as Foundation Board Vice Chair for the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association, Advisory Board member for the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance, and Advisory Council member for the Global Foodservice Hospitality Exchange.  In addition, she was recently appointed to the North Carolina Education and Workforce Innovation Commission to join educators and community leaders to ensure that the state has an effective and efficient workforce development system that meets the current and future needs of workers and businesses.

Shelley received her B.S. in Hotel and Food Administration from Boston University and an MBA from Georgetown University.  She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband Denny and their dog Nutmeg.



Skip Hanke joined Golden Corral Corporation as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) in 2021. Skip is responsible for Golden Corral’s National Marketing, Advertising, and Media Plan, as well as its Local Store Marketing and Off-Premise Business.  As CMO, Skip is also responsible for Food & Beverage / Culinary Innovation, Guest Insights, and Purchasing.

As a 4th Generation U.S.Navy Veteran, Skip achieved the rank of Lieutenant as a United States Naval Officer.

Skip holds both a BA in Economics with distinction from Duke University (cum laude) and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with distinction from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.  An avid golfer and sports fan, he lives in Cary, North Carolina.



David Conklin has worked in the hospitality industry for over 22 years.  He joined the Golden Corral Senior Leadership Team 8 years ago, first as the Senior Vice President of Development before being promoted to Chief Development Officer.  David leads our efforts for Company Growth and Brand Expansion, Innovation and Remodels.  He is responsible for Franchise Development, Real Estate, Construction and Coastal Equipment – Golden Corral’s equipment company.   He also dedicates time to the expansion of the hospitality industry and increasing visibility of the industry as a career path by supporting the East Carolina University School of Hospitality Leadership as an Advisory Board Member.

David received his both his B.A. in Legal Studies, and J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.   He lives in the Raleigh, North Carolina area with his family.



Chappell Phillips is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Golden Corral Corporation, leading the company’s Legal Department and overseeing all legal aspects of key strategic activities. He has been a member of the Senior Leadership Team since 2017, first as Senior Vice President before being promoted to Executive Vice President in 2021. He has also served as an officer of GC Cares since its inception in 2017. Prior to joining Golden Corral in 2013 as Assistant General Counsel, Chappell spent 18 years practicing in-house at various companies, including 11 years with Kimball International, a global manufacturer based in Indiana.

Chappell enjoys actively advocating for the interests of the restaurant industry as a member of the Board of Directors of the Restaurant Law Center, serving as Chairman from 2020 through 2022.

A native Tar Heel, Chappell received a BA in Latin American Studies and JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chappell is licensed to practice law in North Carolina. He and his wife Elaine live in Hillsborough, NC and have seven children and a dog Luna. Outside of work he enjoys time with family and church friends, playing pickleball, tennis, and basketball, and attending UNC basketball games.