Dave Anderson is best known as “Famous Dave,” founder of Famous Dave’s of American, with over 180 restaurants and growing, reaching over $400 million in sales. Dave has helped found several publicly traded companies on Wall Street, creating over 20,000 new jobs and billions in sales. Dave was confirmed in 2004 by the US Senate as Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs at the US Department of the Interior, and has served several governors in advisory positions.
In Dave’s own life, he has experienced adversity, frustration and bankruptcy, as well as tremendous success. Dave’s life story has been featured in two books on the New York Times Best Seller List. He received Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Award for his leadership work with at-risk youth. Although he finished in the bottom half of his high school class, Dave earned his Master’s Degree from Harvard University without an undergraduate degree, and an Honorary Doctorate Degree for his life’s work.