Being raised on a 1500 acre dairy farm in New Creek, WV, instilled the values, morals and work ethic that was the catalyst to success in business. For Pancake, it all started with a part-time job as a cook and chicken cutter at a local KFC franchise in his native West Virginia. He ultimately spent 10 years with KFC working his way up to Regional Manager. A five-year stint as Senior Director of Company Operations for Roasters Corporation, the franchisor for Kenny Rogers Roasters, followed before the critical move to Cincinnati in 1997 to join Buffalo Wild Wings. While at BWW, Inc., he moved to the headquarters in Minneapolis, MN, was promoted to Sr. Director of Company Operations and oversaw 80 restaurants in 13 states and reported directly to the company’s CEO, Sally Smith.