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For 25 years, David Stidham has been a noteworthy leader in the hospitality industry. Most recently known for his tenure as the Owner/Operator of a small chain of restaurants in the St. Louis region known as “A Fine Swine BBQ”, David can also be credited with significant contributions to the National Barbecue industry as he served as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Royall Grills & Smokers. David is also the Co-Founder, President and sitting board member of the National BBQ Tour which is a nationally sanctioned competition barbecue organization.
David Stidham has led a stellar career as a restaurant marketing leader and was the Vice President of Marketing for Culver’s Restaurants for 8 years as a key member of the senior leadership team. He led all strategic planning, marketing, public relations, communication and advertising for the more than 800 location nationally recognized hamburger chain.
Prior to his role at Culver’s, David served as president of Nashville, TN based advertising agency Fresh Ideas Marketing Group, as well as multiple leadership roles with prominent restaurant brands including National Director of Marketing for Smoothie King in New Orleans LA, Vice President of Marketing for Raising Canes Chicken Fingers in Baton Rouge LA, National Director of Marketing for Shoney’s Restaurants in Nashville, TN as well as Director of Sales & Marketing for Game Works SKG in Miami, FL which is an affiliate brand for DreamWorks SKG in Los Angeles California.
With his vast experience in hospitality operations, marketing and sales, David is a true forward thinking strategist armed with the knowledge and contacts to maximize consistent results for any potential employer or candidate needs as it relates to recruiting the right people for the right positions!
When not in the office or the field, David loves to compete professionally in BBQ competitions and has won many grand and state championships all over the United States. He also founded, writes and produces content for the HammerCast Network which is a lifestyle network with an emphasis on all things fantasy sports, bbq, bourbon and outdoors.