Newk’s Eatery Welcomes New CFO

by Katie Lee

Jackson, Miss. — Newk’s Eatery has named Michael Clock the chain’s new CFO. He will closely manage Newk’s financial trajectory, deliver crucial brand support and guide financial communications for Newk’s as it gears up to nearly double in size by 2019. This aggressive growth plan will see the brand expanding from its current 103 locations to approximately 200 units within 3 years.

“As a career-long financial leader in the restaurant industry, Mike is a valuable addition to the Newk’s team as we turn the next page of this landmark chapter of growth,” says Chris Newcomb, Newk’s Eatery co-founder and CEO. “His insight, expertise and passion for the food industry make him a perfect fit for Newk’s.”

Clock joins the Newk’s team with more than 23 years of experience in the accounting and finance fields — 22 years of which were spent in the restaurant industry. Prior to Newk’s, Clock most recently served as the chief financial officer for Good Smoke Restaurant Group — the parent company for two longstanding barbecue brands, Dinosaur BBQ and Jim ‘N Nick’s Community BBQ. He also served as the executive vice president and CFO for Le Duff America Inc., one of the largest bakery-café companies in North America. Additionally, Clock has held leadership roles with Carlson Restaurants Worldwide and T.G.I. Fridays where he oversaw the successful consolidation of more than 500 company-owned and franchised locations.

Founded in 2004, Newk’s currently operates and franchises more than 100 units in 13 states. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Newk’s Eatery

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