Lance Trenary

Lance Trenary


Lance Trenary is the President and CEO of Golden Corral Corporation, a nearly 2 billion dollar organization comprised of 35,000 employees and almost 200 franchise entities that operate 460 of the system's 500 restaurants across 42 states. He has served in his current role since 2015 and has been a part of Golden Corral for 35 years. His prior position was Chief Operating Officer, but he has held virtually every leadership role within the company throughout his career progression.

Lance is very active in his service to the restaurant industry including serving as a Trustee for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, serving on the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, chair of the Restaurant Industry Executive Council, and as a member of the Women's Foodservice Forum CEO Advisory Council. Additionally, Lance serves on the board of Camp Corral, a nonprofit summer camp for children of fallen or disabled military service members. He also serves on the Founders Circle of Project Healing Waters, a national nonprofit dedicated to the rehabilitation of wounded warriors through fly fishing opportunities.

Lance attended Mississippi State University and Harvard Business School, where he completed the Advanced Management Program and the University of North Carolina, where he completed the Executive Management Education Program.

He is married to Paulette, his wife of 35 years, and they have two adult daughters, Elizabeth and Ally Catherine.