Kerry Kramp, President and Chief Operating Officer, HomeTown Buffet, San Diego, CA

Kerry Kramp, President and Chief Operating Officer, HomeTown Buffet, San Diego, CA

Kerry Kramp
President and Chief Operating Officer, HomeTown Buffet, San Diego

Age: 40. Why he's rising: Strong operations executive with more than 20-year experience, largely with successful entrepreneurs. Ladder climbing: 1986-88, co-founder, c.o.o., Chicken By George; 1988-92, director of specialty foods, Geo. A. Hormel Co.; 1992-95, vice president, operations; 1995-present, president, c.o.o., HomeTown Buffet. Education: B.S., restaurant management, 1977; Culinary Institute of America, 1979-80. Most proud of: "Progressive increase in responsibility through diverse career paths." Mentor: Dennis Scott, chief executive officer, Home-Town Buffet. Wins praise for: Optimism and dedication. First job in foodservice: Euclid Spudnut Shop, Euclid, Ohio, age 12.