Finally, we believe your current Board’s track record is self-evident and you should not risk disrupting our positive momentum.
Cracker Barrel’s recently revitalized Board of Directors, including Jim Bradford, our incoming Board Chairman, will continue to oversee our progress and strong execution. In prior communications, we described one element of Mr. Bradford’s background as a “former NYSE company CEO,” suggesting that he had served as CEO of that company while it was publicly traded rather than after it was taken private. We sincerely regret any misunderstanding this may have caused, but want to stress that this description does not change the enormous value and vast experience Mr. Bradford brings to our Board. We are confident that we can continue to execute on our strategy just as we did last year, further creating value for you, our shareholders.
In sum, while it’s important to recognize why Mr. Biglari is WRONG for Cracker Barrel, given our extremely successful year and our intent to leverage our current momentum to drive results, we also want to focus on why we firmly believe our existing slate of Board nominees is RIGHT for Cracker Barrel. Together with our Board, Cracker Barrel management will continue to regularly evaluate opportunities for improvement on all fronts: financially, operationally and strategically. We have updated our business priorities to keep the bar high and strive for better results. Our results for 2012 are evident not only in our bottom line, but in our stock price, and we hope you’ve benefited from these successes. We believe we have a very strong and engaged Board in place, and the addition of Mr. Biglari or Mr. Cooley would be detrimental to the functioning of the Board and our ongoing progress.
Your Board of Directors strongly believes that electing Mr. Biglari or Mr. Cooley to our Board would be contrary to your best interests at precisely the point when our business is showing strong performance based on a robust business plan that we continue to successfully implement. We urge you to support all ten of your Board’s nominees.To support your Board, vote the enclosed WHITE card and vote “FOR ALL” of the Company’s nominees to the Board. To ensure that your vote is received in time, vote by telephone or Internet by following the instructions on the Company’s WHITE card. We urge you NOT to sign any gold proxy card sent to you by Mr. Biglari. Even a withhold vote for Mr. Biglari and Mr. Cooley on his gold proxy card will cancel any previous proxy that you previously submitted to vote “FOR ALL” the Company’s nominees as it is only the latest dated proxy card that will be counted at the shareholder meeting.