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Franchise Industry Personnel Changes

When it comes to business, it's all about people, and networking is the name of the game. Read up-to-the-minute announcements about franchise movers and shakers as they accept promotions, make strategic moves, and build franchise operations teams and alliances with the best people in franchising. If franchise executives and officers are on the move get all the details here—and perhaps find a new opportunity for yourself.

Max Muscle Sports Nutrition's New Regional Director Plans To Increase Community Involvement And Franchise Success »

August 19, 2014 at 4:44AM PDT | Source: Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

(PRWEB) August 19, 2014 - Mike Dalton accumulated a wide array of skills from his career background working in business development and management. He managed and communicated directly with his employees while selling, shelving and distributing product. Although his career was successful, he always dreamed of owning his own business.
He began researching business opportunities and found an open position to oversee the Colorado and Utah Max Muscle Sports Nutrition markets. The position required a business-minded, hardworking individual who was interested in helping MMSN's brand grow substantially throughout this region. This sparked Mike's interest, as he has always had a passion for athletics. Mike was also looking for an opportunity that would allow him to work standard business hours...

Red Robin Appoints Jeff Melnick As Senior Vice President Of Operations »

August 19, 2014 at 4:01AM PDT | Source: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB), a casual dining restaurant chain serving an innovative selection of high-quality gourmet burgers in a family-friendly atmosphere, today announced the appointment of Jeff Melnick as senior vice president of Operations. Melnick will be responsible for leading regional restaurant management teams overseeing the operational performance of more than 380 company-owned Red Robin® restaurants in the U.S.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., a casual dining restaurant chain serving an innovative selection of high-quality gourmet burgers in a family-friendly atmosphere, today announced the appointment of Jeff Melnick as senior vice president of Operations...

Merry Maids Franchise Names New COO »

August 18, 2014 at 9:20AM PDT | Source: Merry Maids

August 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // Joe Chaves has been promoted to chief operating officer of Merry Maids, a franchise in which 8,000 cleaning professionals provide approximately 200,000 residential cleaning services in 1,600 locations each month. Chaves was formerly vice president, of franchise 0perations for sister company ServiceMaster Clean, a role he held since September 2012. Both companies are based in Memphis, Tenn.
As COO, Chaves will continue to build upon the positive culture of trust and respect for which Merry Maids is known among franchisees and branches. He is committed to maintaining best-in-class operating standards and overseeing Merry Maids’ highly profitable business model that ensures franchisees and branches realize a significant return on their investment...

AlphaGraphics®, Inc. Announces Leadership Transition »

August 18, 2014 at 7:38AM PDT | Source: AlphaGraphics

Executive Chair of the Board Assumes Interim President Role at Leading Print and Marketing Franchise
August 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // SALT LAKE CITY - AlphaGraphics, Inc., a worldwide leader in marketing and print communications, announced today that Art Coley, Jr. has resigned as the franchisor's president and chief executive officer to spend more time with his family. Coley, who has been with the company seven years and chief executive since February 2012, will remain as a part owner and continue working with the company as a full-time consultant.
"After the unprecedented success during our last fiscal year, it's clear that AlphaGraphics is well positioned to continue its rapid growth," said Coley. "I have family responsibilities in Texas that can no longer take second place, and AlphaGraphics deserves strong leadership at World Headquarters in Salt Lake City...

Kristen Hill-Smith Joins Mark Slade Homes Team At Keller Williams Mid-Town Direct »

August 18, 2014 at 6:09AM PDT | Source: Keller Williams Realty

Maplewood, NJ - August 18, 2014 - (PR.com) - Kristen Hill-Smith, a New Jersey real estate sales professional, has joined the Mark Slade Homes Team at Keller Williams Mid-Town Direct Realty in Maplewood, New Jersey.
Ms. Hill-Smith has more than 15 years of experience in the music business. Her extensive background in music marketing, promotion and management has enabled her to bring a wealth of skills and knowledge to the world of real estate. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and lives in West Orange, New Jersey, with her family.
"I am pleased to have Kristen on our team," said Mark Slade. "Keller Williams offers its associates unparalleled growth and learning opportunities in the real estate industry. By joining our top producing team, she will be able to combine her music background with the latest technologies, market research and business strategies to benefit her clients...

Gary Sibilsky Joins EXIT Realty In Germantown »

August 14, 2014 at 9:50AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Germantown, WI (Grassroots Newswire) August 13, 2014 - Gary Sibilsky joined EXIT Realty XL in Germantown.
"We’re excited to welcome Gary to EXIT Realty," says Jerry Grosenick, Broker/Owner of EXIT Realty XL. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Gary each and every day."
After spending 30 years in the retail field, Gary decided to pursue a life long dream of helping people achieve their dreams of home ownership. Real Estate in new for Gary but a passion that he will truly enjoy. Helping people and delivering outstanding customer service is what Gary aims to achieve.
Gary looks forward to this exciting chapter of his life and servicing the needs of Southeastern Wisconsin.
About EXIT Realty 
EXIT Realty is a proven real estate business model that supplies single-level residual income - for agents, security, stability and direction; for agents’ families, security in the form of beneficiary and retirement residuals...

Wild Wing Cafe Names Tom Lewison Chief Executive Officer »

August 14, 2014 at 9:37AM PDT | Source: Wild Wing Cafe

Proven Restaurant Industry Leader to Guide Nationwide Expansion and Brand Innovation
August 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – Wild Wing Cafe, a leading restaurant brand best known for blending its mouth-watering menu and extraordinary musical entertainment, today announced the appointment of Tom Lewison to the role of chief executive officer (CEO).
"After a thorough search, Tom emerged as the natural choice to lead Wild Wing Cafe," said Edna Morris, the company’s interim CEO and managing director of Axum Capital Partners, the private-equity firm that owns Wild Wing Cafe. "Tom is the high-caliber leader we need to take our brand to the next level. His vast industry knowledge combined with his extensive experiences in company leadership, operations and restaurant franchise ownership will be key assets as we extend our reach across the country...

Home Care Assistance Of Charleston Welcomes Sheryl Willis O'Neal As Director Of Client Services »

August 14, 2014 at 8:44AM PDT | Source: Home Care Assistance

Sheryl will play an integral role in client care for the rapidly growing senior care company, Home Care Assistance.
(PRWEB) August 14, 2014 - Home Care Assistance of Charleston, a leading provider of in-home care for seniors, is proud to welcome Sheryl O'Neal as the office's Director of Client Services. Sheryl has several personal experiences of caring for loved ones with chronic conditions. Her most poignant is that of her mother who died from complications of diabetes at just 72 years of age. Sheryl and her sister took turns spending nights with her while each daughter lived nearly an hour away from her, and they had children in school who needed them. O'Neal said, "What my sister and I did is not uncommon today. Nearly every adult daughter nearing 50 years of age or older is caring in some capacity for an elderly loved one...

New Agent, Shannan Jaime, Joins EXIT Realty Consultants »

August 14, 2014 at 5:49AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Manteca, California (Grassroots Newswire) August 13th, 2014 - Shannan Jaime is a full time Realtor, who strives to make her client's dreams a reality. Having earned her California Real Estate license recently, she has worked with and learned from some of the industry's top agents and coaches to enhance her understanding of the market and all aspects of Real Estate.
Shannan's extensive knowledge and experience of over twenty years in the sales industry, provides her a unique view of the real estate and market trends. She is able to apply her past knowledge and experience in sales to assist her clients in their search for the right home that will fulfill their needs.
As a long-time resident of Escalon, Shannan's familiarity of the immediate and surrounding communities can provide you with the professional assistance needed in your purchase or sale of both commercial and/or residential properties located in the greater Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties...

Domino's Pizza Appoints Stan Gage Executive Vice President, Team USA »

August 14, 2014 at 3:59AM PDT | Source: Domino's Pizza

Domino's Veteran to Lead Company-Owned Stores
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ) announced today that Stan Gage, 47, vice president of the company's Americas region for international operations, has been named Executive Vice President – Team USA, succeeding Steve Akinboro, who is considering purchasing a franchise with the recognized world leader in pizza delivery.
Gage will report to Patrick Doyle, Domino's president and CEO, and will be leading the network of 376 company-owned stores throughout the United States.
"Stan is a proven, results-oriented leader with nearly three decades of Domino's experience, spanning domestic operations, training and international," said Doyle...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Names Jennifer Kretchmar Chief Product Officer And Innovation Bear »

August 13, 2014 at 4:45AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

ST. LOUIS, - Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) today announced the appointment of Jennifer Kretchmar as chief product officer and innovation bear, effective August 12, 2014. Kretchmar will lead the Company's merchandising and product development teams and will report to Sharon John, chief executive officer of Build-A-Bear Workshop®. She will be responsible for product development, design, quality, sourcing, merchandising, planning, and wholesale.
"Jenn is a seasoned merchandising executive with 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles with both toys and children's products," said John. "I am pleased to have her join the team and confident that she will bring valuable perspective as we evolve our business model to leverage the strength of the Build-A-Bear Workshop brand and drive future growth...

Franchise Source Brands International Welcomes Greg Tanner To Advisory Board »

August 12, 2014 at 4:43AM PDT | Source: Franchise Source Brands International

Widely-Respected Franchise Industry Veteran and IFA VetFran Committee Member Joins Multi-Brand Franchisor's Advisory Board to Help Enhance Company Growth Strategies
August 12, 2014 // Franchising.com // SOUTHBURY, Conn. - Franchise Source Brands International™ (FSBI), a multi-brand business coaching franchisor with several high-performance brands under its helm, announces that Greg Tanner, co-founder and partner of the Tanner Franchise Group, has joined the company's Advisory Board. Tanner, who recently retired from Aaron's after nearly 10 years as the National Director-Franchising, will work closely with executive leadership to empower its brands and elevate the company to the next level.
"Greg's experience serving in multiple roles in the franchise industry over the past four decades will help us enhance various initiatives, including helping people move from employment to empowerment through franchising," Terry Powell, founder of FSBI, said...

Toys"R"Us, Inc. Names Chetan Bhandari Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance And Treasurer »

August 11, 2014 at 9:14AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

WAYNE, NJ – August 6, 2014 – Toys"R"Us, Inc. has named Chetan Bhandari Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance and Treasurer. In this capacity, Mr. Bhandari will be responsible for managing relationships with domestic and international lenders, depository banks, credit insurers and credit rating agencies, as well as overseeing the company's global cash management, foreign exchange programs and capital markets activities. An experienced finance executive with broad retail and consumer goods experience, he was most recently Managing Director at GLC Advisors & Co., LLC. Mr. Bhandari will report to Mike Short, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Toys"R"Us, Inc.
Mr. Short said, "It is our pleasure to welcome Chetan to the organization as a key member of our Finance team...

CruiseOne® Announces Appointment Of General Manager Drew Daly »

August 08, 2014 at 7:14AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

New Structure Reaffirms Commitment to Agent Community
August 08, 2014 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – CruiseOne® has announced the appointment of Drew Daly to the position of General Manager of Network Engagement and Performance. Daly will oversee all agent-facing functions within CruiseOne to include training, support services, marketing and business development.
"I am confident that having these functions under one umbrella will lead to greater synergies at headquarters and ultimately a better experience for our agent community," shared Debbie Fiorino, SVP of CruiseOne and Human Resources for parent company World Travel Holdings. "Drew has been a valuable team member for the past 19 years at World Travel Holdings in various leadership roles and over the past five years has built an incredible team...

Michael Medline Appointed As President And Chief Executive Officer Of Canadian Tire Corporation »

August 07, 2014 at 12:11PM PDT | Source: Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited

Stephen Wetmore to Become Deputy Chairman
TORONTO - Aug. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - The Board of Directors of Canadian Tire Corporation today announced the appointment of Michael Medline as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective December 1, 2014. The Board is also very pleased to announce that Stephen Wetmore has agreed to remain on the Board of Directors in a new, non-executive position of Deputy Chairman.
Mr. Wetmore advised the Board of Directors in early 2013 that as he was approaching six years as CEO he had completed many of his original objectives and with the Company in a very strong position, he believed that the time was right to begin to plan the transfer of the President and CEO roles to a successor.
The Board of Directors reviewed a number of qualified external and internal candidates as part of a normal-course and rigorous succession planning exercise, resulting in the appointment of Michael Medline as President of the Company in November 2013...

Top Producing Agent Joan Duszczak Joins EXIT Realty In Holmdel »

August 07, 2014 at 9:24AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Holmdel, New Jersey (Grassroots Newswire) August 6, 2014 - Joan Duszczak, one of the area's top real estate professionals, joined EXIT Realty East Coast in Holmdel.
"We're excited to welcome Joan to EXIT Realty," says Robert Shirvanian, Broker/Owner of EXIT Realty East Coast. "EXIT is growing and attracting top producing agents like Joan each and every day."
Joan brings 8 years of real estate experience serving the residents of Holmdel, Colts Neck, Long Branch, Rumson and the surrounding areas of Monmouth County, Ocean County and Middlesex County.
Extensive experience in short sales and sales strategies for today's market. Focused on meeting client's goals Strong financial acumen and local market knowledge. Buying or selling a home is a major event and my real estate expertise and track record has helped many successfully achieve their goals...

Amada Senior Care’s Michael Demoratz Elected As Officer Of Commission For Case Management Certification »

August 07, 2014 at 4:10AM PDT | Source: Amada Senior Care

CCMC Elects Amada's Director of Special Projects
San Clemente, California (PRWEB) August 07, 2014 - The Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) recently installed a new slate of officers for the 2014-2015 years. Michael Demoratz, PhD, LCSW, CCM, and Director of Special Projects at Amada Senior Care, was among the commission’s nine newly elected members. Michael said he is extremely excited about this opportunity, and looks forward to serving the case management community in his new capacity.
"Applying and volunteering on the Commission’s board allows me to assist in forming the direction of the profession of case management, just as our country moves into the uncharted waters of a new system of health care delivery and as the first waves of the ‘silver tsunami’ of the baby boom generation hit shores," Michael said...

Cheri Marie Warren Joins EXIT Realty In Billings »

August 07, 2014 at 4:06AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Billings, Montana (Grassroots Newswire) August 6, 2014 - Cheri Marie Warren joined EXIT Realty Yellowstone in Billings.
"We're excited to welcome Cheri Marie to EXIT Realty," says Bill & Terri Porta, Owners/Franchisees of the EXIT Realty Yellowstone. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Cheri Marie each and every day."
Cheri is new to real estate and very excited for the amazing opportunity the EXIT Formula provides.
"We are happy and excited to have such a highly motivated and professional agent join our team" says Bill Porta, broker/owner of EXIT Realty Yellowstone.
About EXIT Realty
EXIT Realty is a proven real estate business model that supplies single-level residual income - for agents, security, stability and direction; for agents' families, security in the form of beneficiary and retirement residuals...

Aaron's, Inc. Announces CEO Ron Allen's Retirement »

August 06, 2014 at 6:06AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

ATLANTA - Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a lease-to-own retailer specializing in the sales and lease ownership of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, announced today that Ronald W. Allen, 72, is retiring as the Company's Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Company's Board of Directors, effective August 31, 2014. The Board has retained Spencer Stuart, a leading executive recruiting firm, to assist in the process of identifying Allen's successor. The search process will include a full review of both internal and external candidates.
"It has been a privilege to lead the finest associates in the industry, whose commitment, integrity and ingenuity never cease to impress me," said Allen...

Taco John's® Hires New Chief Marketing Officer »

August 05, 2014 at 11:33AM PDT | Source: Taco Johns

July 30, 2014 - Mexican quick service restaurant chain Taco John's® has selected Billie Jo Waara to be its new chief marketing officer. Waara has more than a decade of marketing experience, not only in the restaurant business but also in the tourism, banking, retail and communications industries. At Taco John's®, Waara is focusing on growing brand awareness.
Billie Jo Waara, Chief Marketing Officer for Taco John's International
"I'm excited to become part of this iconic brand with such a passionate fan base," says Waara. "Taco John's® has a rich heritage. For more than 40 years it has earned a reputation for delicious and convenient Mexican food. I'm eager to introduce Taco John's® to new markets and new customers...



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