The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille has named Geovannie “Geo” Concepcion as president and CEO to succeed Bob Barry, who is stepping down from the role, the company said Tuesday.
The 44-unit Columbia, Md.-based casual-dining brand said Concepcion, left, formerly chief operating officer of Minneapolis-based Famous Dave’s, would also serve on the company’s board of directors.
Barry, who joined the Mid-Atlantic concept in 2007 as chief operating officer and served as CEO since 2012, will remain a shareholder in the company.
"Over his 12 years with The Greene Turtle, Bob has been a passionate ambassador of the brand,” the board said in a statement, “embodying the tenets that have set The Greene Turtle apart as a restaurant and as a member of the communities we serve.”
At Famous Dave’s, Concepcion oversaw company and franchise operations, marketing, information technology, culinary, franchise sales and training.
“We are very excited about how The Greene Turtle can benefit from Geo’s insights and experience,” the company said. “His track record will prove incredibly valuable.”
Concepcion in a statement said, “I’m proud to have the opportunity to steer The Greene Turtle to the next stage in its evolution. This is a brand that has enjoyed widespread recognition and allegiance across generations of families, friends and sports fans for more than 40 years.”
Greene Turtle was founded in 1976 in Ocean City, Md. The company now has units in seven states, including Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
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Clarification: May 14, 2019 This story has been edited to clarify Bob Barry's positions and dates of service.