Billy Sewell Of Platinum Corral Named Man Of The Year

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. – Billy Sewell, president and CEO of Platinum Corral, a multi-unit franchise operator of Golden Corral Grill/Buffet Restaurants, has been named Man of the Year by the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce at its 66th annual membership luncheon Jan. 13.  Sewell was recognized for his continued efforts to support economic development in Onslow County. 


“I am honored to receive such a high honor from the community and the chamber,” said Sewell.  “The award is basically a scorecard of what we work hard for and achieve every day.”


- In addition to his work with the chamber, Sewell serves as chair of The Committee of 100, a group of business leaders that work to stimulate, encourage and promote economic development in Onslow County.  The group works with the county’s Office of Economic Development to raise funds to support county efforts for economic development.

-  Since 2005, Sewell has served as a member of the N.C. Economic Development Board, which oversees state economic development research and planning, and makes policy recommendations to the secretary of commerce, the governor and the General Assembly.

- As president of Platinum Corral, Sewell owns and manages 24 Golden Corral franchises throughout North and South Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and Ohio.  

- Sewell was named Restaurateur of the Year by the North Carolina Restaurant And Lodging Association (NCRLA) in 2008 as someone who has inspired and motivated the hospitality industry throughout the past year. 

- For more information on the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce, visit


Established in 1996 by owner Billy Sewell, Platinum Corral, based in Jacksonville, owns and manages 24 Golden Corral franchises throughout North and South Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and Ohio, with locations including Asheboro, Concord, Hickory, Wilmington, Burlington, Jacksonville, Reidsville, Lexington, Wake Forest and four locations in the Triangle.  The company has been recognized as one of the Triangle’s top 50 privately held companies and institutions in the Triangle Business Journal’s Book of Lists.  Sewell’s family has been involved with Golden Corral since his father became a founding investor when the business first began.  A graduate of Campbell University, Sewell worked as a manager trainee and rose through the management ranks.  By 1996, he owned two Golden Corral restaurants, one in Burlington, N.C. and the other in Hickory, N.C.  Golden Corral restaurants, located nationwide, feature steaks, buffet, and bakery at every location, each offering the highest quality food at reasonable prices in a clean, friendly atmosphere, thereby fulfilling their mission to “make pleasurable dining affordable.”


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