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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.

EnVie Fitness For Women Appoints Kristina Simmons As Digital Marketing Manager »

March 31, 2015 at 11:54AM PDT | Source: EnVie Fitness for Women

March 31, 2015 // Franchising.com // WACO, Texas – EnVie Fitness for Women, a breakthrough concept in the women’s fitness industry, announces the appointment of Kristina Simmons as Digital Marketing Manager. The addition of Simmons to the marketing team signals a continued focus on growing the business and the momentum behind the EnVie brand, which has already opened its first two studios since launching its U.S. expansion plans last year.
In her new position, Simmons will oversee EnVie’s digital presence and generate member leads for both studios as well as franchise leads. She will assist in creating and organizing content for EnVie’s website and all of its social media channels. In addition, she will also facilitate online engagement with EnVie’s current client base, prospective clients and would-be franchisees to help reinforce and educate them about the EnVie brand...

St. Louis Home Care Company Welcomes Jill Walsh, MSW, As Client Care Manager »

March 31, 2015 at 11:08AM PDT | Source: Home Care Assistance

Jill Walsh, MSW, joins Home Care Assistance of St. Louis as Client Care Manager
March 31, 2015 // Franchising.com // St Louis, MO – Home Care Assistance of St Louis, a leading provider of in-home care for seniors, welcomes Jill Walsh, MSW, to their team as a new Client Care Manager. As one of the Client Care Managers, Walsh’s role will largely focus on ensuring the provision of exceptional care to Home Care Assistance clients as well as company initiatives and programs such as Hospital to Home Care and the Cognitive Therapeutics Method™, an innovative approach to dementia care within the home setting. Walsh, who received her MSW from University of Missouri – St. Louis and BA from Fontbonne University, has made remarkable contributions to the local community throughout her career while simultaneously earning her graduate degree...

Kemberly Reis-Elbara Joins EXIT Realty In Melbourne »

March 31, 2015 at 10:25AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Melbourne, Florida (Grassroots Newswire) March 27, 2015 - EXIT 1st Class Realty in Melbourne today announced the addition of Kemberly Reis-Elbara to its team of real estate professionals.
"We’re excited to welcome Kemberly to EXIT Realty," says Steve Nieroda, Broker/Owner of EXIT 1st Class Realty. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Kemberly 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...

Home Instead Appoints Jeff Huber As President And CEO »

March 31, 2015 at 7:34AM PDT | Source: Home Instead Senior Care

Roger Baumgart Named CEO Emeritus
March 31, 2015 // Franchising.com // OMAHA, Neb. – Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor for Home Instead Senior Care®, the world’s leading provider of in-home care for seniors, announced today that company President Jeff Huber will also take on the role of chief executive officer, effective April 15. Current CEO Roger Baumgart will become CEO emeritus and remain executive director of the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation.
In his 17 years with Home Instead, Huber has served as chief administrative officer, chief development officer and vice president of franchise development and seen the company grow from 125 franchise offices to more than 1,000 franchises in 16 countries.
“Jeff has played a critical role in Home Instead’s growth,” says Home Instead Co-Founder and Chairman Paul Hogan...

Beth Chiles Joins EXIT Realty In Traverse City »

March 31, 2015 at 6:16AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Traverse City, Michigan (Grassroots Newswire) March 26, 2015 - EXIT Realty Paramount in Traverse City today announced the addition of Beth Chiles to its team of real estate professionals.
"We're excited to welcome Beth to EXIT Realty," says Holly Hack, Broker/Owner of EXIT Realty Paramount. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Beth each and every day."
Moving my family to Traverse City from Florida in 2003 without benefit of knowing anyone in town was exciting, but scary. I fell in love with my new home right away and never looked back. Using my prior experience as a private buyer and seller of real estate and the home building business, I decided to earn my real estate license and turn my passion into my profession, says Beth...

Così, Inc. Hires Miguel Rossy-Donovan As New Chief Financial Officer »

March 31, 2015 at 4:04AM PDT | Source: Così

Richard Bagge, Interim CFO, to Assume Role of Vice President Development
March 31, 2015 // Franchising.com // Boston, MA - Cosi, Inc. (NASDAQ: COSI), the fast-casual restaurant company, today announced that it has hired Miguel Rossy-Donovan as Chief Financial Officer.
Rossy, 47, joins Cosi from Teach For America, where he has served as Chief Finance & Administration Officer since 2005. At Teach For America, Rossy defined the vision and built from the ground up the financial, accounting, technology, and administration infrastructure required to support and accelerate the organization's aggressive 10 year growth plan from $50 million and 9 regions in late 2005 to over $350 million and 50 regions in 2015.
In total, Rossy has 15 years of finance, accounting and operational experience in the private sector, including 10 years in publicly-traded companies in the restaurant industry...

Chelsey Lorenzen Joins EXIT Realty In Braintree »

March 31, 2015 at 4:00AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Braintree, Mass (Grassroots Newswire) March 25, 2015 - EXIT Realty Plus in Braintree today announced the addition of Chelsey Lorenzen to its team of real estate professionals.
"We’re excited to welcome Chelsey to EXIT Realty," says Jose E. Perez, Broker/Owner of EXIT Realty Plus. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Chelsey each and every day."
Chelsey Lorenzen is a current resident of Weymouth, Ma specializing in residential sales including single family, multi-family and condominiums. Graduating with Honors at Suffolk University, Chelsey applies her knowledge in Business Management with the rapidly expanding real estate market across the South Shore and Boston. Since graduating college Chelsey has worked diligently in the event planning industry for 10+ years focusing on weddings and corporate events...

Celtic Themed Sports Pub Franchise Appoints New Vice President Of Marketing »

March 30, 2015 at 7:25AM PDT | Source: Tilted Kilt

Torie Lynch Celebrates 10th Year of Business with Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery in New Leadership Role
March 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // Tempe, AZ – Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, a sports bar that pays homage to the old public houses of America, England, Scotland and Ireland, announced today that it has named Torie Lynch as Vice President of Marketing. With extensive experience in social media and marketing and a deeply rooted understanding of the Tilted Kilt brand, Lynch’s knowledge and expertise will take the marketing department to new heights, fueling system-wide growth and innovation.
As a loyal member of the Tilted Kilt organization, Lynch has been working in various social media and marketing roles for the last seven years and prior was in restaurant management for three years at Tilted Kilt’s Scottsdale and Tempe locations...

Realogy Appoints Sunita Holzer As Chief Human Resources Officer »

March 30, 2015 at 6:43AM PDT | Source: Realogy Corporation

March 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // MADISON, N.J. - Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) today announced the appointment of Sunita Holzer as executive vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO). With more than 30 years of experience in the human resources field and over 10 as a CHRO, she has served in HR executive leadership roles for a number of leading companies in the financial services and technology sectors. Holzer will be responsible for all aspects of Realogy's worldwide human resources strategy and implementation for the Company's 10,700 employees. She will report directly to Richard A. Smith, the Company's chairman, chief executive officer and president.
"Sunita Holzer brings a wealth of strategic human resources leadership experience, and we are pleased to welcome her to Realogy," said Smith...

Michael Fletcher Appointed Director Of Sales And Marketing At Hilton Atlanta »

March 30, 2015 at 4:00AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

March 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – Michael Fletcher has been appointed director of sales and marketing at Hilton Atlanta, conveniently located in the heart of downtown Atlanta’s convention district and home of the legendary Nicholas Roof with outstanding revolving views of downtown Atlanta. Fletcher will be responsible for the coordination of Hilton Atlanta’s sales and marketing functions, developing and implementing sales and marketing strategies for the 1242-room property.
Strategic and enthusiastic, Fletcher’s background includes more than 17 years of leadership experience overseeing the sales and marketing efforts of full service hotels with up to 1,560 rooms and 160,000 square feet of meeting space...

Patrice & Associates Welcomes First Regional Developer »

March 27, 2015 at 3:57AM PDT | Source: Patrice & Associates

Franchising Expert and Leading Casino Industry Professional Joins North America’s Leading Hospitality Recruiting Firm with a Set Focus on Nevada, Colorado and Utah
March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Patrice & Associates, the country’s leading hospitality industry recruiting firm, announced today the addition of franchising extraordinaire, Michelle Shriver. Bringing more than 20 years of extensive business, marketing and hospitality-related experience to Patrice & Associates, Shriver is the brand’s first regional developer.
“Michelle’s experience in hospitality, coupled with her franchising expertise makes her the perfect regional developer for our brand,” said Patrice Rice, president and founder of Patrice & Associates...

Budget Blinds Announces Powerhouse To Excel Design Expertise »

March 26, 2015 at 10:10AM PDT | Source: Budget Blinds

March 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // Orange, Calif. - Budget Blinds®, the largest window coverings franchise in North America with nearly 1,000 territories, announced today that Tracy Christman, VP of Vendor Alliance, is taking the helm as design expert and trendsetter for the brand, bringing more fashion-forward trends to homeowners while helping to increase market share for Budget Blinds in the growing multi-billion dollar window coverings industry.
Traveling the world to identify color and style trends, Christman brings to homeowners through the Budget Blinds brand, beautiful and stylish window fashion designs, new technologies, and functional solutions for energy efficiency, child safety, moisture resistance and durability. Christman develops partnerships with well-known industry experts and recently placed Budget Blinds window coverings and drapery in the Las Vegas home of Jonathan and Drew Scott, better known as the Property Brothers, after their hit home-renovation show...

Choice Hotels Names Mark Shalala Vice President Of Franchise Development For Cambria Hotels & Suites »

March 26, 2015 at 4:47AM PDT | Source: Cambria Suites

ROCKVILLE, Md. - March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Choice Hotels International (NYSE: CHH), a leading worldwide lodging company, announced that it has named Mark Shalala as vice president of franchise development for Cambria hotels & suites. Cambria hotels & suites, one of Choice Hotels' upscale brands, is dedicated to making business travel easier – and more fun – than ever before.
In his new role, Mr. Shalala will be responsible for the franchise growth of the Cambria hotels & suites brand. He will be responsible for leading the franchise sales team in developing and implementing new strategies to increase the brand's distribution among key markets nationwide. This includes capitalizing on the company's commitment to the brand, including $250 million in corporate investments and other financial based incentives aimed to fuel the brand's growth, primarily in urban markets...

Dunkin' Brands Promotes Jack Clare To Chief Information And Strategy Officer »

March 24, 2015 at 10:21AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Brands

March 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // CANTON, MA - Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced that Jack Clare, 44, has been promoted to the newly created position of Chief Information and Strategy Officer.
Mr. Clare, who has served as the Company’s CIO for the past three years, will be a member of the Dunkin’ Brands Leadership Team and will continue to report to Paul Carbone, Chief Financial Officer, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. Mr. Clare will continue to oversee Dunkin’ Brands’ global information technology resources, and additionally, will now focus on developing the strategies that will drive the Company’s future success.
“Jack is the ideal person to fill this new position and will continue to help us retain our leadership position as a technology leader in our category...

Joe Johnson Named New President Of Wireless Zone® »

March 24, 2015 at 4:49AM PDT | Source: Wireless Zone® Franchise

The nation’s largest Verizon Wireless franchisor strengthens management team with promotion.
March 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - Wireless Zone®, the nation’s largest Verizon Wireless retail franchise, has named Joe Johnson the company’s president and chief operating officer. Promoted in late 2014, Johnson now oversees all teams and departments of the franchisor paying close attention to the store level and the operational support offered to Wireless Zone® franchise owners for continued business growth.
“I am truly grateful to be a part of such a dynamic brand and it invigorates me to think about where we are going as a franchise company,” said Johnson at Wireless Zone®’s recent annual franchise convention in Orlando, Florida...

DirectBuy Appoints New Vice President Of Sales »

March 23, 2015 at 8:27AM PDT | Source: DirectBuy

March 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // MERRILLVILLE, Ind. – DirectBuy, the membership-based buying club that allows consumers to purchase lifestyle products from manufacturers and suppliers without hidden retail markup, announces today that Curt Fisher has joined the company as Vice President of Sales. As an accomplished sales management professional, he brings more than 20 years of leadership experience and achievement in customer relationship management in Fortune 500 companies.
As DirectBuy’s Vice President of Sales, Fisher will oversee the direction and management of internal sales development, the building of new sales channels, and the expansion of the company’s marketplace reach.
For the past three years, Fisher served as the Chicago-area General Manager of Goodman Manufacturing, the largest residential HVAC manufacturer in the United States...

Art Van Furniture Promotes Diane Charles To Vice President Of Corporate Communications »

March 20, 2015 at 4:16AM PDT | Source: Art Van Furniture

WARREN, Mich. - March 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/  - Art Van Furniture has promoted Diane Charles to vice president of corporate communications. The announcement was made by Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture, and Kim Yost, CEO of Art Van Furniture.
Charles has served as the director of corporate communications for Art Van Furniture since 2009. Her responsibilities include elevating Art Van Furniture's brand awareness and reputation through media relations, community partnerships, internal and external communications, and innovative event marketing. Charles is a member of Art Van Furniture's senior executive team, and reports directly to Art Van Furniture CEO, Kim Yost.
"Diane's genuine passion, strategic vision and extensive media expertise has been instrumental in forging strong connections in exciting, experiential ways between Art Van Furniture and our guests, the communities we serve and the media throughout the Midwest," said Van Elslander...

Toys"R"Us, Inc. Appoints Reg McLay Senior Vice President For Its U.S. Babies"R"Us Business »

March 19, 2015 at 9:41AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

March 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ – Toys"R"Us, Inc. today announced that it has named Reg McLay as Senior Vice President, Babies"R"Us Business, effective Monday, March 30. In this role, Mr. McLay will lead the Babies"R"Us merchandising team in the U.S. in driving product innovation, as well as differentiation in services and offerings across its stores nationwide. He will report to Hank Mullany, President, Toys"R"Us, U.S.
Mr. McLay is an accomplished executive with more than 30 years of retail merchandising and operations experience. He most recently served as Senior Vice President, Merchandise Sourcing and Innovation for Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited. In this capacity, he was responsible for managing shared services capabilities across all business units and led efforts to drive a culture of innovation across the organization...

CMIT Solutions Of Newport Beach Announces New Ownership »

March 19, 2015 at 8:38AM PDT | Source: CMIT Solutions

Local IT Expert Invests in Office that Provides Enhanced IT Services and Support for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses in Irvine, Newport Beach, and Santa Ana.
March 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // IRVINE, Calif. – CMIT Solutions, the nation’s leading provider of information technology (IT) services to the small and medium-sized business (SMB) community, announced today that its Irvine office will now be operated under new ownership. Diaa Youssef, a local entrepreneur with 17 years of experience working with a mobile and Internet service provider, recently assumed ownership of the Irvine location. The transition will ensure the local small business community continues to have access to scalable, enterprise-level IT services...

St. Louis Home Care Company Promotes Nora Johnson To Client Care Manager »

March 19, 2015 at 4:22AM PDT | Source: Home Care Assistance

Nora Johnson promoted at Home Care Assistance to Client Care Manager
March 19, 2015 // Franchising.com // St Louis, MO – Home Care Assistance of St Louis, a leading provider of in-home care for seniors, has promoted Nora Johnson to become a new Client Care Manager on their team. As one of the Client Care Managers, Johnson’s role will largely focus on ensuring the provision of exceptional care to Home Care Assistance clients as well as company initiatives and programs such as Hospital to Home Care and the Cognitive Therapeutics Method™, an innovative approach to in-home dementia care. Johnson, who received her Masters Degree in Gerontology from Nova Southeastern University, has made remarkable contributions to the local community throughout her career and while earning her graduate degree...



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