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Ted Balestreri is chairman and chief executive of the Cannery Row Company, and chairman, chief executive, and co-founder of the Sardine Factory. Additionally, Balestreri founded Pacific Hospitality, which was incorporated in 1983 and until 2007, held the franchise rights for Wendy’s International, covering a tri-county area in Northern California. Balestreri serves on the board of directors for the National Restaurant Association and is a former chairman of the association as well as the NRA’s Educational Foundation. Balestreri is a recipient of the International Foodservice Manufacturer’s Association prestigious Gold Plate Award.