BUIES CREEK – Berry L. Epley, a 2015 Campbell Business MBA graduate, was recently named chief financial officer of The Krystal Company. The 85-year-old brand has more than 360 locations in 11 states.
“My Campbell MBA has certainly paid off,” said Epley. “I was usually the oldest person in my classes, but going back to Campbell Business and earning my MBA really positioned me to take my career to the next level.”
Epley is a 20-year veteran of the restaurant industry. He was previously the chief accounting officer for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc., where he was responsible for all financial accounting, public reporting, and SEC compliance among other things. At Krispy Kreme he developed a treasury function that enhanced cash forecasting, reduced risk, and improved working capital. He was also a key member of the transaction team that shifted Krispy Kreme from a publicly-traded company to a private company.
Prior to that role, Epley orchestrated multi-million-dollar acquisitions and purchases and managed capital market transactions, cost reductions, and a refinancing for The Pantry, Inc. He spent his early career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, overseeing a wide range of financial tasks for the firm’s various corporate clients.
“I am honored to be part of such a respected restaurant brand,” Epley said in a news release. “Two thousand eighteen is going to be a year focused on maximizing opportunities and strengthening our position in all the markets Krystal currently serves. I hope to apply my expertise and insight towards achieving ever-greater performance for this storied brand.”