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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.

Jeffrey S. Wade Joins EXIT Realty In Jupiter »

September 17, 2014 at 10:48AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Jupiter, Florida (Grassroots Newswire) September 16, 2014 - Jeffrey S. Wade joined EXIT Realty Oceanside in Jupiter.
"We're excited to welcome Jeffrey to EXIT Realty," says Virginia Gallopo, Broker / Owner of EXIT Realty Oceanside. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Jeffrey each and every day."
With nearly 20 years of extensive business experience and cutting edge marketing strategies coupled with uncompromising integrity is paramount in Jeffrey's service. Jeffrey Wade is well respected throughout South Florida, not only for his professional track record and high ethical standards but for being an honest, hard-working family man who does absolutely everything in his power to ensure his clients' success...

Planet Beach Sees Significant Improvement In Loan Success Rate »

September 17, 2014 at 10:44AM PDT | Source: Planet Beach
Planet Beach   Opportunities Available

NEW ORLEANS - Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ - In the past five years, Planet Beach has improved its Small Business Administration (SBA) loan success rate to 86.67%. Planet Beach attributes this positive change to its move away from UV tanning and the full implementation of its automated spa concept.
For SBA loans closed prior to 2009, the company had a higher than acceptable default rate. However, out of the 15 new SBA loans during the period 2009 to 2013, there were only two failures, per the FRANdata report described below. This is very positive for the brand, considering that two-thirds of all small business startups fail within the first two years. (SOURCE: 2014 gaebler.com/Small-Business-Failure-Rates.htm)
Over the past few years, many misleading articles have been written about SBA franchise loan default rates...

Ten Year Veteran Joins EXIT Key Real Estate »

September 17, 2014 at 8:32AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Shapleigh, Maine (Grassroots Newswire) September 15, 2014 - Today, Elias and Jane Thomas, Broker-Owners of EXIT Key Real Estate, welcome Dana Trumann to the company. Born in Los Angeles, Dana moved to Maine in 1987. He is a graduate of Lesley College in Cambridge, MA and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management. Dana is a retired Chief Petty Officer of the United States Coast Guard Reserve and is a member of the American Legion Post 76 in Scarborough and proud to be a member of the Kora Shrine in Lewiston. He lives with his wife, Amber, in Bridgton.
Dana has been licensed in Maine since 2004 and focuses on working with sellers that didn't get their home sold the first time it was on the market. He has received the ABR designation from the National Association of REALTORS®, and has received other training such as Eco-Broker, Senior Housing Specialist, Buffini Certified Mentor, and is a published real estate author...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Continues To Expand Latin American Portfolio, Making Significant Gains In The Specialty Select Segment »

September 17, 2014 at 4:03AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Victor Vazquez Appointed as Vice President of Development and Acquisitions to Lead Aggressive Growth Strategy
QUITO, Ecuador - September 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - From the South American Hotel Investment Conference in Quito, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) announced that it is continuing its aggressive growth strategy in Latin America with significant gains across its Specialty Select Brands' (SSB), Four Points by Sheraton and Aloft. Currently, Starwood operates 80 hotels in the region, with 17 additional properties under development. The company also announced the appointment of Victor Vazquez to the role of Vice President, Development and Acquisitions for Latin America.
"Starwood's position and future prospects for growth in Latin America have never been stronger," said Jorge Giannattasio, Chief of Operations and Global Initiatives for Latin America, Starwood Hotels & Resorts...

Christina Russell Joins Camp Bow Wow® As New President »

September 16, 2014 at 12:04PM PDT | Source: Camp Bow Wow

Nation's Largest Pet Care Franchise Strengthens Its Leadership Team For Further Growth
September 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // Broomfield, CO - Camp Bow Wow, the nation's largest pet care franchise and an Inc. 5000 company, this week announced the appointment of Christina Russell as its new President. With an impressive background in Executive Leadership and franchise expansion, Christina brings invaluable experience to the Camp Bow Wow team.
As President of Camp Bow Wow, Ms. Russell will focus on accelerated growth and heightened profitability across the board. Delivering value to customers is an essential component of her mandate, as well as continuing to strengthen relationships with key stakeholders such as franchisees and investors...

Michael Lysaght Named Senior Vice President Of Digital Product Engineering For Weight Watchers »

September 16, 2014 at 11:36AM PDT | Source: Weight Watchers International

NEW YORK - Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) today announced that Michael Lysaght has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Digital Product Engineering. Reporting directly to Chief Technology Officer Dan Crowe, Lysaght's newly created role will work closely with the Weight Watchers Product team to build new, innovative digital products as well as improve the global web, mobile and social experiences for members. He will also be instrumental in the advancement of the Weight Watchers API capabilities, such as connected device integration.
"Michael's appointment to lead our new Digital Product Engineering division demonstrates further progress we are making to strengthen our technology capability and drive product innovation," said Dan Crowe, Chief Technology Officer, Weight Watchers...

Bruster's Real Ice Cream Brings On Corey Bradley As New Vice President Of Franchise Development »

September 16, 2014 at 10:42AM PDT | Source: Bruster's Real Ice Cream

Successful Turnaround Positions Chain to Enter Additional U.S., International Markets
PITTSBURGH - September 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Franchising veteran Corey Bradley has joined Bruster's Real Ice Cream as its new vice president of Franchise Development, a key position in furthering the premium frozen treat chain's turnaround and growth strategy.
Most recently Bradley served as director of Franchise Development for Kahala Brands, responsible for driving unit growth for the company's 15 national restaurant brands including Cold Stone Creamery, Blimpie and Taco Time.
Bruster's, a 200-unit franchised chain, launched a five-point turnaround program in early 2013 to reignite sales growth and attract new franchisees...

Burger 21 Introduces Corporate Chef To Lead Menu Innovation »

September 16, 2014 at 6:42AM PDT | Source: Burger 21
Burger 21 Opportunities Available

Award-Winning Fast Casual Chain Promotes Mike Remes to Culinary Leadership Role
September 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // Tampa, Fla. – Burger 21®, a new better burger franchise founded by the owners of The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc. franchise company based in Tampa, Fla., announced today the promotion of Mike Remes to Burger 21 corporate chef and field trainer earlier this year, a strategic move that gave Burger 21 its own dedicated corporate chef for the first time. In this role, Remes manages all aspects of the brand's menu development, including its monthly featured burgers and shakes, while overseeing training and operations for all new restaurant openings across the country.
"It is our pleasure to recognize Mike's leadership and contributions to the success of Burger 21's restaurant operations," said Mark Johnston, president and chief concept officer of Front Burner Brands, management company for Burger 21...

Philippe Germond Appointed Chief Executive Officer Of The Europcar Group »

September 16, 2014 at 5:26AM PDT | Source: Europcar

September 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // The Board of Directors of Europcar and Eurazeo, the majority shareholder of Europcar, announced today the appointment of Philippe Germond to the position of Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Germond will assume his duties as of 1st October 2014. Patrick Sayer, Chairman of Eurazeo's Management Board, stated: We are extremely happy with Philippe Germond's arrival as the Europcar Group's CEO. In the course of his career, Philippe has amply proven his ability, particularly in listed companies, to support major transformation projects by anticipating change, and by making the companies he heads more digital and more customer-oriented. With Philippe on board, we can move confidently forward into the next stage of Europcar's development, knowing that the management team is going to continue the impressive job of accelerating Europcar's growth that it has accomplished these last few years...

Real Living Lifestyles Welcomes Bernie Truax To The Carlsbad Village Office »

September 16, 2014 at 4:43AM PDT | Source: Real Living Real Estate

Lisa Blanchard brings buyer for former San Diego Charger's Poway home that has been on the market since 2011.
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 15, 2014 - Bernie Truax was attracted to the global reach, local touch aspect of Real Living Lifestyles Real Estate. "I like that it is not too small, that we don't get any exposure, but not too big that no one can make a decision. I like the marketing of the company and the values also," Truax commented. Truax also credited the staff as one of the reasons he joined the brokerage. At Real Living Lifestyles, the office administrators are a very big part of the team, keeping the office running smoothly, helping clients, agents, and friends.
Truax embarked on his real estate career in 2002, after getting tired of the crazy hours working at his restaurant franchises...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Names Voin Todorovic Chief Financial Officer »

September 16, 2014 at 4:01AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sep. 15, 2014 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) today announced the appointment of Voin Todorovic as the Company’s new Chief Financial Officer, effective Sept. 15, 2014. As Chief Financial Officer, Todorovic will be responsible for global finance, accounting, tax, capital management and investor relations. He will report to the Chief Executive Officer of Build-A-Bear Workshop®, Inc., Sharon John."Voin has a solid background in linking financial goals and business objectives. I am excited to have him join the team as we continue to evolve our business model to leverage the strength of the Build-A-Bear brand to drive toward the Company’s stated objectives of sustainable, profitable growth,” said John...

Orangetheory Fitness Names New Chief Operating Officer »

September 15, 2014 at 8:54AM PDT | Source: Orangetheory Fitness

Award-Winning Fitness Franchise Adds Former Fitness Executive to Leadership Team 
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – September 15, 2014 – Orangetheory® Fitness, the energizing and fast-growing fitness franchise, today announced it has appointed David Carney as chief operating officer, effective immediately. Carney, a health and fitness industry veteran with more than 29 years of experience, joins the Orangetheory team with extensive knowledge in running multi-club operations including the creating and implementing formal operational systems, as well as overseeing multi-unit creation and implementation of operating platforms in health, wellness and fitness companies.
"David's arrival comes at a serendipitous time, as Orangetheory continues to expand and strengthen the internal resources that bring value to our franchise partners," said Dave Long, chief executive officer of Orangetheory Fitness...

Well-Known Manager Joins EXIT Realty Landmark »

September 15, 2014 at 7:39AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

New York, NY (Grassroots Newswire) September 11, 2014 - EXIT Realty Landmark is excited to share tremendous news: Alexis Bogen is now the Manager of Sales and Rentals. She brings a staggering array of experience to the cadre of real estate professionals at Landmark because she knows the timing is right for EXIT Realty agents in New York City.
Alexis has a thoroughly-NYC real estate pedigree, rising from the crushing pressures of new construction and development to emerge as a priceless agent for her clients. Bogen led sales and rental projects as an agent for a number of years, proving her worth to hundreds of people in the process and forming bonds of business with landlords and management companies around town.
She later became the manager of Metropolitan Property Group for 4 years, spearheading a management role through the powers of personal persuasion...

RE/MAX Of Southeastern Michigan Announces New Chairman, CEO »

September 15, 2014 at 5:23AM PDT | Source: RE/MAX

Leadership Team Named as New Regional Office Officially Opens
TROY, Mich. - Sept.15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - RE/MAX of Southeastern Michigan, the No. 1 real-estate brand in metro Detroit, today announces new leadership for the region. Effective immediately, Magnus Sublett will serve as chairman, CEO and majority partner. Sublett began his career with RE/MAX in 1991 and previously served as a minority partner for the region.
"I am honored to assume the title as chairman and CEO of RE/MAX of Southeastern Michigan," said Sublett. "I am committed to the growth and success of this region. We have many exciting plans in the works and will be certain to share when the time is right."
The region also announces the appointment of Joe Sabatini as regional manager...

Lauren Donaghy Joins EXIT Realty In Traverse City »

September 15, 2014 at 4:40AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Traverse City, Michigan (Grassroots Newswire) September 10, 2014 - Lauren Donaghy joined EXIT Realty Paramount in Traverse City.
"We're excited to welcome Lauren to EXIT Realty," says Holly Hack, Broker/Owner of EXIT Realty Paramount. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Lauren each and every day."
As a native Northern Michigander, growing up in Leelanau County, Lauren has the experience, the insight and the love of the natural beauty of the area ensures that she is uniquely capable to assist buyers and sellers alike in any real estate related matters.
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...

Wingstop Names Bill Engen Chief Operating Officer »

September 11, 2014 at 7:46AM PDT | Source: Wingstop Restaurants Inc.
Wingstop Restaurants Inc. Opportunities Available

September 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – Wingstop Restaurants, Inc. today announced the appointment of Bill Engen as Chief Operating Officer effective immediately.
"Bill is a dynamic leader who brings a wealth of operations and management expertise to Wingstop," said Charlie Morrison, Wingstop President and CEO. "We’re opening restaurants at record pace both in the U.S. and abroad, and Bill will be a tremendous asset to our team and to our franchisees as we continue to drive dramatic growth in both restaurant count and sales."
Engen takes over for Bill Knight, who is retiring after leading the Wingstop Operations team for 11 years. "Bill Knight’s leadership helped take Wingstop from a regional brand to a national player," said Morrison...

Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation Appoints Christian J. Cunningham As Chief Human Resources Officer »

September 10, 2014 at 7:07AM PDT | Source: Hertz

NAPLES, Fla. - Sept. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ), has announced that Christian Cunningham has joined the Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation (HERC) as its Chief Human Resources Officer. The role has been newly created for HERC as Hertz prepares to separate its car and equipment rental businesses into standalone, publicly traded companies as announced in March 2014.
Mr. Cunningham has significant, senior-level experience in the Initial Public Offering (IPO) process, talent acquisition, board liaison, performance management and governance matters. He also brings international and field leadership experience along with a prior operational background with P&L responsibility. He joins HERC from DFC Global Corporation where he served as Vice President, Corporate HR and HR Services since June 2013 with global responsibility for all human resource matters for corporate staff...

Christine Robinson Purchases Existing Renew Crew Franchise »

September 09, 2014 at 8:52AM PDT | Source: Renew Crew
Renew Crew Opportunities Available

Unstable Economy Spurred Former Accountant to Take Control of Her Future
St. Louis, Mo. (PRWEB) September 09, 2014 - Christine Robinson’s job search wasn’t going as well as planned after she left her 17-year career as an accounting manager at a small business. Rather than wait for an opportunity to come her way, Robinson took control of her life and jumped from employee to employer.
"As the years go by, I have less and less faith in the stock market and the economy," she said. "I felt very strongly [that a business] was the safest place for me to invest my money and have hope of getting a return on my investment."
Robinson purchased an existing franchise, Renew Crew of St. Louis (formerly Wood ReNew), which cleans and protects outdoor living spaces, including decks, fences and siding, as well as stone, brick and concrete surfaces...

Matthew J. Eichenberger Joins EXIT Realty In Grinnell »

September 09, 2014 at 5:28AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Grinnell, IA (Grassroots Newswire) September 5, 2014 - Matthew J. Eichenberger joined EXIT Huls Realty in Grinnell.
"We're excited to welcome Matt to EXIT Realty," says Mindy Huls, Broker/Owner of EXIT Huls Realty. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Matt each and every day."
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. EXIT's MIND-SET Training Systems offer the industry's best hands-on, interactive sales training. State-of-the-art technology, including the Digital Marketing Strategy, gives EXIT Realty agents the edge in a competitive marketplace...

J.D. Byrider Adds Three To Franchising Team »

September 08, 2014 at 11:33AM PDT | Source: J.D. Byrider

September 08, 2014 // Franchising.com // CARMEL, Ind. - J.D. Byrider, the nation's leading used car and finance company, is pleased to announce three individuals have been added to the franchising team at J.D. Byrider's Carmel, Indiana, headquarters. Kirby Durham was hired as director of franchise financing, Maureen Glunt joins the team as director of franchise sales, and Jennifer Kier was named a senior franchise analyst.
"J.D. Byrider's franchising growth demanded that we allocate additional resources to help our franchisees continue to source exceptional funding opportunities for their businesses, as well as provide the horsepower to provide them best-in-class financial analytics and support,” said Tom Welter, vice president of franchising...



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