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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.

National Property Inspections Welcomes New Business Owners In August »

August 29, 2014 at 7:23AM PDT | Source: National Property Inspection

August 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // Omaha, Neb. - National Property Inspections, Inc., parent company of National Property Inspections in the United States and Global Property Inspections in Canada, is pleased to announce two new franchise owners who will take the company's brand to new areas:

Logan Godkin, 25, is from Livermore, California, and his territory will cover Livermore and part of Alameda County.
Wayne Merrill, 54, is from Washington, Utah, and his territory will cover Washington County in southwest Utah.

"We're excited to have these new franchisees on board with NPI," said Roland Bates, president of National Property Inspections, Inc. "They are helping us grow our company and deliver National Property Inspections to new areas...

101 Mobility Of Virginia Beach Names New Branch Manager »

August 29, 2014 at 6:58AM PDT | Source: 101 Mobility

August 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // Mike McGrath is the new branch manager of 101 Mobility of Virginia Beach.
101 Mobility of Virginia Beach is a local retailer, installer, and maintenance service provider for mobility and accessibility products such as wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, patient lifts, auto lifts, and more, according to a news release. The new fully rounded team is busy ramping up a fresh sales strategy to better serve the Virginia Beach area and surrounding neighborhoods.
McGrath brings several decades of experience in the elevator industry. He has worked in Massachusetts, South Africa and most recently he has been working in the Chesapeake.
He has already hit the ground running with a recent project he worked on for the Caudill family of Yorktown...

Lana Sue Lezcano Joins EXIT Realty In Bradenton »

August 28, 2014 at 5:45AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Bradenton, FL (Grassroots Newswire) August 25, 2014 -- Lana Sue Lezcano joined EXIT Sunset Realty in Bradenton.
"We're excited to welcome Lana Sue to EXIT Realty," says Douglas Clark, Owner/Broker of EXIT Sunset Realty. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Lana Sue each and every day."
Lana Sue Lezcano, moved to Southwest Florida from Southern Indiana. As a resident of the Gulf Coast of Florida for over 34 years, comes experience and knowledge, with the insight of the current real estate market. Lana Sue listens closely to her client's direction, she specifically tailors detailed information, to avoid wasting her clients time to reach what they are looking for. “I go above and beyond for my clients and exactly what is expected from me,” stated Lana Sue...

Accomplished Chef Leaves Fine Dining To Push The Limits At Bad Daddy's Burger Bar »

August 28, 2014 at 4:22AM PDT | Source: Bad Daddy's Burger Bar

Full-Service Gourmet Burger Franchise Welcomes Tim Kast as Executive Chef
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - August 27, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, a growing full-service restaurant franchise specializing in a chef-driven menu of signature gourmet burgers, creative sides and a full bar offering local microbrews and handcrafted cocktails, announced today the hire of Tim Kast as its new Corporate Executive Chef.
Kast joins the Bad Daddy's team after serving as the California Executive Chef Partner with Seasons 52, a Darden Restaurants brand, where he helped expand the brand west of the Mississippi and developed, trained and implemented a nationwide menu revamp. Prior to that, Kast held high-level chef positions at fine dining restaurants around the world, including serving as the Executive Sous Chef at 555 East American Steakhouse in Long Beach, California and at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, California...

MRINetwork Names John McDonald As New President »

August 27, 2014 at 6:06AM PDT | Source: MRINetwork

August 27, 2014 // Franchising.com // Philadelphia, PA - MRINetwork®, one of the largest executive search and recruitment organizations in the world, announced that John McDonald has been appointed president. McDonald joins MRINetwork, which is a subsidiary of CDI Corp. (NYSE:CDI), as a seasoned executive with extensive leadership experience in sales, recruitment and franchising. His expertise and strategic oversight will help continue the organization’s history as a leading provider of executive search, as well as the entrepreneurial spirit of its approximately 600 worldwide franchised offices.
"With a strong background in both franchising and recruitment, John is uniquely qualified to take on the role of president of MRINetwork," said Stuart Batchelor, executive vice president and president of CDI’s Global Staffing Services unit...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Names Thomas Mangas Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer »

August 27, 2014 at 4:13AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

STAMFORD, Conn. - August 26, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that Thomas B. Mangas has been named Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, effective September 29, 2014. Mangas will be a member of Starwood's Senior Leadership Team and report to President and Chief Executive Officer Frits van Paasschen.
Mangas most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Armstrong Floor Products, a division of Armstrong World Industries, Inc. From 2010 to 2013, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the parent company, Armstrong World Industries, Inc., where he was responsible for finance, investor relations, information technology, and global business services...

Hertz Names Louis R. Franzese Chief Human Resources Officer »

August 25, 2014 at 11:59AM PDT | Source: Hertz

NAPLES, Fla. - Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ) announced today that it has appointed Louis R. Franzese as Chief Human Resources Officer, effective September 8, 2014. Mr. Franzese succeeds LeighAnne Baker, who left Hertz earlier this year to become Chief Human Resources Officer at Cargill, Inc.
Mr. Franzese joined Hertz in 1999 as Senior Staff Counsel specializing in Labor Relations. Between 2005 and 2012 he was the Company's senior labor lawyer and spokesperson, having been promoted to Vice President, Labor Relations and HR Practices in 2005. In 2012, Mr. Franzese was promoted to Senior Vice President with responsibility for the Company's Human Resources function in the Americas.
"Lou Franzese has extensive experience leading our HR efforts in the Americas, our largest market, including successfully managing the most sensitive employee and labor relations matters for Hertz," said Mark P...

Value Place Appoints Mike Varner As Senior Vice President Of Brand Strategy And Marketing »

August 25, 2014 at 7:55AM PDT | Source: Value Place

August 25, 2014 // Franchising.com // WICHITA, Kan. - Value Place, the largest economy, extended-stay hotel brand in the U.S., has named Mike Varner as Senior Vice President of Brand Strategy and Marketing.
Varner will strengthen the consumer appeal and developer performance of the brand, further establishing Value Place as the nation's preeminent economy extended-stay hotel chain. He joins Value Place from Choice Hotels International, where he was most recently responsible for brand strategy and management for the Comfort Inn and Comfort Suites brands. Previously at Choice, Varner led the Sleep Inn brand as well as the MainStay Suites and Suburban Extended Stay brands. Prior to Choice, Varner held leadership positions in brand management and innovation at Campbell Soup and 3M...

Ignite Restaurant Group Appoints Shauna Ryan King To Board Of Directors »

August 22, 2014 at 11:00AM PDT | Source: Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc.

HOUSTON - August 20, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Ignite Restaurant Group (Nasdaq:IRG), today announced the appointment of Shauna Ryan King to its Board of Directors, effective August 14, 2014.
Ms. King currently serves as Vice President, Finance and Business Operations for Yale University, a position she has held since 2006, where her responsibilities include Strategic and Financial Planning, Capital and Operating Budgeting, Departmental Business Operations, Information Technology, Dining Operations, Shared Services and Procurement. Prior to her role at Yale University, Ms. King provided management, financial and operations consulting to select clients with SKing Consulting from 2003 to 2006, as well as from 1994 to 1998. Between her consulting endeavors, Ms...

Le Duff America Announces Sheryl Fox As Senior Director Of Non-Traditional Venue Business Development »

August 22, 2014 at 7:10AM PDT | Source: Groupe Le Duff

Proven Expert in Expanding Restaurant Concepts within Non-Traditional Venues to Grow Le Duff America's Premier Brands
August 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – Le Duff America, Inc, the North American subsidiary of the world's second largest restaurant company in the café-bakery sector – Groupe Le Duff SA, announced today the hiring of Sheryl Fox as the senior director of non-traditional venue business development. In this role, Fox takes responsibility for growing Le Duff's la Madeleine Country French Café, Brioche Dorée and Bruegger's Bagels brands in highly-trafficked, non-traditional foodservice venues such as those in airports, universities and healthcare hubs. She brings a strong track record of success developing brands in these settings...

Andrew Fossen Joins EXIT Realty In Culpeper »

August 21, 2014 at 12:09PM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Culpeper, Virginia (Grassroots Newswire) August 20th, 2014 - Andrew Fossen joined EXIT Cornerstone Realty in Culpeper.
"We're excited to welcome Andrew to EXIT Realty," says Ellen Butters, Broker/Owner of EXIT Cornerstone Realty. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Andrew each and every day."
Andrew joins the EXIT Cornerstone Realty team with four years of real estate experience as an agent. He has just recently earned his broker's license. Before joining EXIT Andrew was an agent for Long & Foster Realty.
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...

The Keg Royalties Income Fund Announces August 2014 Cash Distribution »

August 21, 2014 at 9:17AM PDT | Source: Keg Steakhouse & Bar

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - (Marketwired - Aug. 12, 2014) - The Keg Royalties Income Fund (the "Fund") (TSX:KEG.UN) today announced that its August 2014 distribution of $0.08 cents per unit has been declared and is payable to unitholders of record as at August 21, 2014. The August 2014 distribution will be paid on August 29, 2014.
The Fund is a limited purpose, open-ended trust established under the laws of the Province of Ontario that, through The Keg Rights Limited Partnership (the "Partnership"), a subsidiary of the Fund, owns certain trademarks and other related intellectual property used by Keg Restaurants Ltd. ("KRL"). In exchange for use of those trademarks, KRL pays the Fund a royalty of 4% of gross sales of Keg restaurants included in the royalty pool...

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. Names William P. Matt As New Chief Financial Officer »

August 21, 2014 at 7:43AM PDT | Source: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

ATLANTA - August 21, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLKI), the franchisor and operator of Popeyes® restaurants, today announced that William P. Matt will be joining the Popeyes executive team as Chief Financial Officer, effectively immediately. Reporting to Chief Executive Officer, Cheryl Bachelder, Mr. Matt will oversee the Company’s financial matters and lead the Company’s efforts in determining and implementing the most effective strategies for Popeyes to accelerate its long-term growth potential and maximize shareholder value.
"The addition of Will as our new CFO brings a strong complement to our leadership team as we execute our strategic roadmap for growth around the globe," said Ms...

Aaron's, Inc. Appoints Gilbert L. Danielson Interim CEO »

August 21, 2014 at 5:50AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

ATLANTA - Aug. 21, 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 its Board of Directors has appointed Gilbert L. Danielson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, as interim Chief Executive Officer, effective following the retirement of Ronald W. Allen as the Company's Chief Executive Officer on August 31, 2014, which was previously announced.
Steve Michaels, President, will continue to implement the previously announced plan to improve Aaron's core business. This plan focuses on same store revenue growth, enhancing Aaron's online platform, driving cost efficiencies, moderating new store growth, and strengthening the franchise network...

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...



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