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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.

Dwyer Group Announces Executive Reorganization »

August 03, 2015 at 6:57AM PDT | Source: Dwyer Group

To Support Company’s Historic Growth
August 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // WACO, Texas – Dwyer Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest franchising companies of trade service brands, has announced several executive changes to support the company’s historic growth, effective immediately.
“We have acquired six companies in ten months and grown our franchise network to be one of the largest franchisors in the world,” said Mike Bidwell, president and CEO of Dwyer Group. “Today, that growth is providing exciting opportunities for key members of our talented leadership team who have seen us through this expansion and who will continue to fill strategic roles moving forward.”
Mary Kennedy Thompson has been promoted to chief operating officer for Dwyer Group...

Brightway Names Kristine Azar Vice President Of Customer Experience »

August 03, 2015 at 6:16AM PDT | Source: Brightway Insurance

Azar brings 30 years’ experience in designing, and executing, exceptional customer experiences to Brightway
August 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - Kristine Azar, with 30 years of industry experience in Agency Marketing, Distribution, Strategy, Product, Underwriting and Operations, has been named Vice President of Customer Experience at Brightway Insurance, the company announced.
Brightway is the nation’s seventh largest privately held Personal Lines independent agency, selling property/casualty insurance through a network of franchised locations around the country.
Effective August 17, Azar will be responsible for Brightway’s customer experience strategies and execution through the company’s Service Center in Jacksonville...

Famous Dave's Of America, Inc. Adds Bryan L. Wolff To Board Of Directors »

August 03, 2015 at 3:53AM PDT | Source: Famous Dave's

MINNEAPOLIS - July 31, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) today announced the appointment of Bryan L. Wolff to the Company's board of directors. Mr. Wolff has also been appointed to serve as chair of the Company's audit committee. Mr. Wolff is Chief Financial Officer of DogVacay, Inc., an online service connecting pet owners with sitters across the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Wolff previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Bonobos, Inc., a men's fashion and accessories retailer, and as an Analyst at Luxor Capital, LP.
"We are delighted to welcome Bryan Wolff to the Famous Dave's board of directors and pleased to have him serve as chair of the audit committee," stated Joseph M. Jacobs, co-founder and President of Wexford Capital LP who also serves as Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors...

Sonic Veteran Takes Development Team Leadership Role »

July 31, 2015 at 5:43AM PDT | Source: Sonic Drive-In

Ritger to Focus on New Unit Growth and Generating Strong Returns
OKLAHOMA CITY - July 30, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ:SONC), the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today announced addition of talent to strengthen its franchise sales and development team.
Appointed as Senior Vice President for Development is Andrew "Drew" Ritger, Jr., who led the franchise development team at SONIC from 2002-2012, during which time the brand opened more than 1,500 new drive-ins in 15 states. In this new role, he is responsible for market planning, franchise sales, area development agreements, and real estate site selection. Ritger has been part of the SONIC leadership team since 1996, and most recently served as Senior Vice President for Franchise Services, east region, with responsibility for franchise operations in the eastern half of the country including new drive-in openings, drive-in operations procedures and guest service...

Papa John's Announces Promotion Of Steve Ritchie To President »

July 31, 2015 at 3:40AM PDT | Source: Papa John's

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - July 30, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) today announced the promotion of Chief Operating Officer Steve Ritchie to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer, reporting to Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, John Schnatter. As President and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Ritchie will continue to work side by side with Mr. Schnatter and the rest of the management team to develop and support the global growth and development of the brand.
"We are fortunate to have a proven leader in Steve to assume the additional role of President of the Company. He shares my passion for quality and is an outstanding operator and leader for our company and entire system," said Schnatter...

Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty Announces New Director Of Marketing »

July 30, 2015 at 4:59AM PDT | Source: Sotheby's International Realty

BURLINGTON, VERMONT (PRWEB) July 30, 2015 - Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce that Chuck Alexander has joined the team as the Director of Marketing. A Vermont native, Chuck brings years of marketing experience to his new role with Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty.
“We are delighted to have Chuck join us,” said Staige Davis, CEO of Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, “ His marketing experience in New York and Portland will bring us a wealth of experience and creativity on which to draw.”
Thirty five years ago, after growing up in Montpelier and graduating from UVM, Chuck left Vermont to embark on a career in advertising and marketing...

Jennifer Benitez Joins EXIT Realty In San Diego »

July 30, 2015 at 4:55AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

San Diego, California (Grassroots Newswire) July 28, 2015 - EXIT Premier Real Estate in San Diego today announced the addition of Jennifer Benitez to its team of real estate professionals.
"We’re excited to welcome Jennifer to EXIT Realty," says Vincent Renda, Broker/Owner of EXIT Premier Real Estate. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Jennifer each and every day."
California native Jennifer Benitez is a Licensed REALTOR® and San Diego State University graduate with a BA in Political Science and a minor in History. A professional property manager for several years, Jennifer has a unique insight into the benefits of San Diego’s investment property market. Mother and wife to a young family her career in Real Estate affords her time for a successful work and home life, and time to enjoy our beautiful San Diego County! “ I fell in love with San Diego right from the moment I got here for school...

OpenWorks Hires Steve Moore As Regional Director »

July 29, 2015 at 11:39AM PDT | Source: OpenWorks

New Hire Will Oversee Washington Region
PHOENIX, AZ (PRWEB) JULY 29, 2015 - OpenWorks, one of America’s leading integrated facility services franchises, recently hired Steve Moore as Regional Director of the Washington market.
Moore will be responsible for evaluating operational needs to ensure the growth and development of OpenWorks’ region in Washington state. He will work strategically to maximize market revenue while maintaining franchise partnerships and developing new business opportunities throughout the area.
Moore will make several staff hires and manage these positions to continue franchise growth in the Washington region. He will add several sales executives, as well as a district manager who will serve as a liaison between customers and franchisees to ensure customer satisfaction and quality assurance...

Roy’s Restaurant Names Mario Cernadas Chief Operating Officer »

July 29, 2015 at 5:06AM PDT | Source: Roy’s Restaurant

Internationally-Acclaimed Restaurant Expands Operations Leadership Team
DALLAS - July 28, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Roy’s Restaurant, an internationally-acclaimed restaurant founded by Roy Yamaguchi and known for its fresh seafood, innovative chef creations and Pacific Rim cuisine, announced today the addition of Mario Cernadas as chief operating officer. With extensive experience in the restaurant industry, Cernadas will oversee daily operations of Roy’s Restaurant.
“Mario’s natural leadership abilities and vast knowledge of the restaurant industry made him an attractive candidate, and having him onboard will only complement the acceleration and transformation of our business.”
“As we accelerate and prepare Roy’s for the future, we are honored to have Mario join the Roy’s Ohana, leading day-to-day operations and ensuring a strengthened connection with each of our Guests,” said Sunil Dharod, president and chief executive officer of SSCP Management...

John F. Theuer Joins Pizza Studio As CFO »

July 29, 2015 at 3:59AM PDT | Source: Pizza Studio

July 29, 2015 // Franchising.com // CALABASAS, CA – Pizza Studio announced today that former Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Panda Express Chief Financial Officer, John F. Theuer, has joined Pizza Studio as CFO.
Pizza Studio is the most rapidly growing fast-casual pizza brand in the nation and intends to scale even more by adding Theuer to the leadership team. Pizza Studio currently has 30 locations in 10 states and the District of Columbia. Management expects to have over 50 locations open by the end of 2015 with rapid company-owned and franchise unit growth continuing in 2016 and beyond.
Theuer was part of the Executive Team that led the sale of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf to a trio of private equity firms led by Advent International...

Brinker International Adds Jose Luis Prado To Board Of Directors »

July 28, 2015 at 5:09AM PDT | Source: Brinker International

DALLAS - July 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT), a recognized leader in casual dining, announces the election of Jose Luis Prado to its Board of Directors.
Prado is an accomplished executive with more than 30 years of international experience at PepsiCo, Inc. He most recently served as President for Quaker Oats North America, a multi-billion dollar division of the company headquartered in Chicago. Prior to that, he was President for Gamesa-Quaker, the leading cookies and crackers brand in Mexico. He also held a number of financial, sales and general management positions at Frito-Lay International, most notably Chief Financial Officer in Spain and President in the Caribbean, Andean and South America. In addition to Brinker, Prado serves on the Board of Directors for Northern Trust Corporation as well as a number of business and civic organizations in Chicago and New York...

Ruby Tuesday Announces Promotion Of Brett Patterson To Ruby Tuesday Concept President  »

July 28, 2015 at 5:02AM PDT | Source: Ruby Tuesday

And Resignation of Todd Burrowes, Ruby Tuesday Concept President and Chief Operations Officer
MARYVILLE, Tenn. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - July 27, 2015 - Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE: RT) (the “Company”) today announced the promotion of Brett Patterson to the role of Ruby Tuesday Concept President and the resignation of Todd Burrowes, Ruby Tuesday Concept President and Chief Operations Officer. These changes are effective immediately.
JJ Buettgen, Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO stated, “I am so pleased that Brett will assume the role of Ruby Tuesday Concept President. Brett has been an invaluable member of our leadership team since joining the Company two years ago. He is a strong operator and has a solid track record of leading and developing teams, enhancing efficiencies, streamlining processes, and improving business results...

Famous Dave's Of America, Inc. Adds Anand Gala To Board Of Directors »

July 28, 2015 at 3:56AM PDT | Source: Famous Dave's

MINNEAPOLIS - July 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) today announced the appointment of Anand D. Gala to the Company's board of directors. Mr. Gala is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gala Holdings International, a diversified holding company that conducts consulting, restaurant development and management operations. Among its business operations, Gala Holdings International is a Company franchisee that owns and operates Famous Dave's and Fresh Griller franchise restaurants. Mr. Gala is also Founder and Managing Partner of Gala Development Partners, LLC, which focuses on the acquisition, development and management of commercial real estate comprising retail and office properties. Mr...

Justin Worthington Joins EXIT Realty In Montgomery »

July 27, 2015 at 12:00PM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Montgomery, Alabama (Grassroots Newswire) July 20, 2015 - EXIT Hodges Real Estate in Montgomery today announced the addition of Justin Worthington to its team of real estate professionals.
"We’re excited to welcome Justin to EXIT Realty," says Paul Hodges, Broker of EXIT Hodges Real Estate. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Justin each and every day."
Justin Worthington is a native to Montgomery, AL. He is married and has two wonderful boys. Justin has spent his entire adult life working in the service department of the automotive industry, the past 4 years at Jack Ingram Motors. Justin attended Real Estate Class at EXIT Hodges Real Estate. Justin says, “I never imagined working anywhere else after I got my Real Estate License...

Bojangles'® Names New VP Of Information Technology And Strategic Planning »

July 27, 2015 at 10:15AM PDT | Source: Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits

July 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // Charlotte, N.C. - Bojangles’, Inc. (NASDAQ:BOJA) announced today that Jayson Romeo has been named Vice President of Information Technology and Strategic Planning for Bojangles’ Restaurants, Inc. In his new role, Romeo is responsible for spearheading corporate strategic initiatives designed to drive IT and organizational efficiencies, and leading the implementation of new technology across the business.
Romeo is a twenty-nine year veteran of the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) industry who has served in leadership positions of increasing responsibility with such brands as Discovery Zone, Boston Market and Whataburger. He joined the Bojangles’ team in 2014 as Senior Director of Strategic Management, and since February 2015 has been leading the IT function on an interim basis...

New Agent Joins EXIT Realty! »

July 27, 2015 at 9:54AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Modesto, CA (Grassroots Newswire) July 20th, 2015 - As a newly licensed real estate agent with EXIT Realty Consultants, Ashley Mederos has always been a passionate about her community. Specializing in buyers and sellers in the Central Valley and surrounding areas, Ashley's commit is to her clients who turn into a life-long partnership. As an involved member of her Oakdale community, Ashley is quite familiar with the Stanislaus & San Joaquin counties, as well as surrounding areas.
With an impeccable support team of professionals at EXIT Realty Consultants, Ashley and her team pride themselves in being overly organized and dedicated to reaching their client’s goals, no matter the task. Well versed in the community, Ashley's goal is simple, to help her local families reach the dream of home ownership...

Julia Kohan-Shirazi Joins EXIT Realty In San Diego »

July 27, 2015 at 4:13AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

San Diego, California (Grassroots Newswire) July 17, 2015 - EXIT Premier Real Estate in San Diego today announced the addition of Julia Kohan-Shirazi to its team of real estate professionals.
"We’re excited to welcome Julia to EXIT Realty," says Vincent Renda, Broker/Owner of EXIT Premier Real Estate. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Julia 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...

The Joint Corp. Names James Edwards, D.C., Chief Chiropractic & Compliance Officer »

July 23, 2015 at 9:58AM PDT | Source: The Joint Corp.

July 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The Joint Corp. (Nasdaq:JYNT), an operator and franchisor of chiropractic clinics, announced today that it has appointed James Edwards, D.C. as Chief Chiropractic & Compliance Officer. In this new role, Dr. Edwards will be responsible for ensuring that doctors of The Joint Chiropractic and The Joint’s more than 250 clinics and nearly 750 doctors deliver quality care that adheres to the operating standards of the profession. Dr. Edwards will also play a key role in D.C. training and in creating content that helps educate patients on the value of ongoing maintenance care. Dr. Edwards brings a wealth of experience to The Joint including significant clinical and leadership experience gained from more than three decades of service to the chiropractic profession...

Edible Arrangements President Rob Price Named To Aspen Institute’s Inaugural Braddock Scholars Program »

July 22, 2015 at 11:12AM PDT | Source: Edible Arrangements
Edible Arrangements Opportunities Available

Initiative Designed to Accelerate Growth of Social Enterprises
July 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // WALLINGFORD, Conn. - Rob Price, president of Edible Arrangements International, has been selected to serve as a member of the Aspen Institute’s inaugural Braddock Scholars Program to help entrepreneurs scale of some of the world’s most innovative organizations.
The 12-month program is designed to support selected entrepreneurs with high-level mentorship, peer-learning, and capital to fund key initiatives of the scholars choosing.
“It is a true honor to be selected by the Aspen Institute to participate in this ground-breaking program,” Price said. “The Braddock Scholars experience will help me fully unleash our franchisees’ entrepreneurial brilliance to meet Edible Arrangements International’s tremendous growth potential...

Ruby Tuesday Appoints David Skena As Chief Marketing Officer »

July 22, 2015 at 5:05AM PDT | Source: Ruby Tuesday

MARYVILLE, Tenn. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - July 21, 2015 - Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE: RT) today announced the appointment of David Skena as Chief Marketing Officer, effective today.
Skena is a seasoned and accomplished senior marketing executive with over twenty years of marketing and consulting experience in the consumer packaged goods and retail sectors with particular expertise in brand-building, campaign management, marketing and business strategy development, product innovation and promotions, and advertising and creative development, including digital and social media.
Over the past nine years, Skena progressed through PepsiCo, Inc. with increasing levels of responsibility, most recently serving as the Vice President of Premium and Value Brands, including Stacy’s Pita Chips and Smartfood popcorn, among others...



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