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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.

IHG Adds Two New Stars To Its Culinary Panel With Renowned Chefs Vikas Khanna And Takagi Kazuo »

May 28, 2015 at 8:20AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

May 28, 2015 // // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has added two new star chefs to its growing IHG Culinary Panel; an initiative that sees renowned chefs develop an array of signature dishes for guests dining in IHG’s hotels across Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA).
The latest Culinary Ambassadors will introduce a range of signature dishes that IHG guests can enjoy. Chef Vikas Khanna’s restaurant, Junoon in New York City, has been awarded with a coveted Michelin star for four years in a row and serves a range of authentic and inventive fine dining Indian recipes. Chef Takagi Kazuo is famed for his two Michelin star restaurant in Osaka and will supply seasonal Kyo-style Japanese cuisine to the programme...

Moe’s Southwest Grill Names Bruce Schroder As President »

May 28, 2015 at 4:16AM PDT | Source: Moe's Southwest Grill

ATLANTA - May 27, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - FOCUS Brands® announced that Bruce Schroder has been named President of Moe’s Southwest Grill®, the fast-casual restaurant chain best known for creating delicious burritos to order with fresh, flavorful ingredients.
Since taking on the new role of Group President, with responsibility for FOCUS Brands Restaurant Brands, Paul Damico has been leading the 15-year-old brand while searching for a leader with both the right experience and the right fit for the brand’s irreverent culture.
“Bruce is an accomplished executive who has a strong track record for leading high-performance teams and growing highly differentiated brands,” said FOCUS Brands Group President, Paul Damico...

Patrice & Associates Welcomes Third Regional Developer »

May 28, 2015 at 3:52AM PDT | Source: Patrice & Associates

Legal Executive Joins North America’s Leading Hospitality; Recruiting Firm: Targets Arizona, New Mexico and Select Markets in South Texas
May 28, 2015 // // PHOENIX, Ariz. – Patrice & Associates, the country’s leading hospitality industry recruiting firm, announced today the addition of Dan O’Neil as the brand’s third Regional Developer. Bringing more than a decade of extensive business operations and legal experience to Patrice & Associates, O’Neil will be focused on awarding franchise opportunities throughout Arizona, New Mexico and select South Texas markets.
“Dan O’Neil’s legal background and business operations experience makes him a valuable addition to our network,” said Patrice Rice, CEO and founder of Patrice & Associates...

Anago Cleaning Systems Welcomes New Company President »

May 27, 2015 at 11:14AM PDT | Source: Anago Cleaning Systems
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Adam Povlitz, Son of Company Founder, Accepts Position as President at 2015 Anago Master Seminar
May 27, 2015 // // FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Even with its impressive growth both domestically and internationally as a leading commercial cleaning franchise, Anago Cleaning Systems (Anago) has remained a family business at heart for 25 years. On Monday, May 4th Anago held its 2015 Anago Master Seminar at the Renaissance Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. where they announced that Adam Povlitz would be taking on the role of company President from his previous role as Executive Vice President.
“I believe that there are two things that you need to do in order to be a successful leader,” former President Terry Mollica said...

Domino's® Announces Key Leadership Appointments And Promotions »

May 27, 2015 at 5:45AM PDT | Source: Domino's Pizza

Proven Leaders to Assume New and Expanded Roles
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire - Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery and digital ordering technology, has announced the following internal leadership appointments and promotions:
Joe Jordan, 41, has been named vice president – chief marketing officer. Jordan has been with Domino's since 2011 when he began serving as the vice president of marketing innovation. He led the highly successful development and launch of Handmade Pan Pizza, as well as Specialty Chicken. Most recently, Jordan was vice president of field marketing where he spearheaded the realignment of interdisciplinary resources to better support franchisees at the local level...

Steamatic Of Dallas Fort Worth Announces New General Manager »

May 27, 2015 at 5:40AM PDT | Source: Steamatic

May 27, 2015 // // Fort Worth, TX - Steamatic of Dallas-Fort Worth is excited to welcome Jarrod Sims as the new General Manager. Sims was most recently Director of Franchise Development at Steamatic, Inc, where he sought out prospective Steamatic franchise owners for the last 8 years. Previously, Sims held sales and development positions at Buxton Company in Fort Worth and Texas Valve & Fitting Company (Swagelok) in Dallas, Texas.
In his new role as General Manager at Steamatic of Dallas- Fort Worth, Sims will further expand Steamatic's reputation for high quality restoration and cleaning services in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and Westoplex (Aledo/Weatherford). He has more than 9 years’ experience in cleaning, restoration and the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) industry, with extensive knowledge of sales and operations...

Sonic Announces Departure Of Executive Vice President »

May 27, 2015 at 5:16AM PDT | Source: Sonic Drive-In

Responsibilities to be Reallocated within Organization
OKLAHOMA CITY - May 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ:SONC), the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today announced that Stephen C. Vaughan, the company's Executive Vice President of Franchise Operations, Finance and Planning, will resign from the position effective June 19, 2015. Vaughan will continue to serve SONIC in a transition role through that date. Vaughan is leaving Sonic to be President and Chief Financial Officer of Café Rio, a fast casual Mexican restaurant chain prominent in the Western United States. The company also announced that, upon Vaughan's resignation, his responsibilities will be reallocated among current members of management and the company will be adding additional members to management on a progressive basis throughout the year...

Murphy Business & Financial Corporation Announces New Ownership »

May 26, 2015 at 10:56AM PDT | Source: Murphy Business & Financial Corporation

Local Business Broker Invests in Premier Business Brokerage Office to Meet Demand in Seattle’s Business Community
May 26, 2015 // // SEATTLE, Wash. – Murphy Business & Financial Corporation, North America’s leading, full-service business brokerage firm with more than 140 offices in the United States and Canada, recently announced the new leadership of its Seattle office. Judy Elrod, a local entrepreneur with 25 years of experience helping businesses, recently assumed ownership of the location. The transition will ensure the western region of the state continues to have access to support with the sale of businesses, purchases, valuations and mergers and acquisitions.
“This is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” said Elrod, who lives in Mukilteo...

Massage Envy Strengthens Leadership Team With Key New Appointments »

May 26, 2015 at 9:56AM PDT | Source: Massage Envy Spa
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New Leaders Bring Tech Innovation and Fresh Marketing Experience to Take Massage Envy into Next Phase of Industry Leadership
May 26, 2015 // // SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Massage Envy, the pioneer and national leader of professional, convenient and affordable massage and skincare services, announced today it has added two new executives to its leadership team who will be responsible for strategic growth and support areas for the company, including IT and systems compliance and marketing.
"I am thrilled to announce George Hines has joined Massage Envy as our chief information officer reporting directly to me. I am equally proud to share that Derek Detenber has recently joined the brand as our senior vice president of marketing reporting to Debbie Gonzalez, our chief brand officer," said Dave Crisalli, president and chief executive officer for Massage Envy...

Front Burner Brands Adds New C-Level Position To Leadership Team »

May 26, 2015 at 8:58AM PDT | Source: The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc.

Franchise Industry Veteran Dan Stone Promoted to Chief Business & People Development Officer 
May 26, 2015 // // TAMPA, Fla. - Front Burner Brands, Inc., restaurant management company for The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Tampa, Fla., today announced the promotion of Dan Stone to chief business and people development officer. In this newly created position, Stone will be responsible for the organization's business matters related to the areas of human resources, learning and development, legal, franchise development and various aspects of strategic planning.
"It is with great pleasure that we recognize Dan Stone's exceptional leadership in the growth and development of The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc...

Cousins Subs® Invests In IT Infrastructure »

May 21, 2015 at 8:31AM PDT | Source: Cousins Subs

New IT Director to Lead Innovation
May 21, 2015 // // MILWAUKEE – Cousins Subs® invests in bolstering its IT infrastructure with the hiring of Scott Lewis as director of information technology.
Lewis is responsible for the oversight of information technology at Cousins, and will assist with organizational development through the incorporation of technological advancements.
Lewis specializes in IT architecture and infrastructure and has more than a decade of retail-based technology experience. Most recently, he held the position of information security manager at Foot Locker where he was responsible for managing the implementation of an automated identity management solution and led multiple teams in the development of future strategic initiatives...

JDog Junk Removal & Hauling Names Retired Colonel Keith Seiwell To VP Of Business Development »

May 21, 2015 at 5:20AM PDT | Source: JDog Junk Removal

United States Marine Corps Veteran Joins Nation’s Only U.S. Military Veteran Brand
BERWYN, Pa. - May 21, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - JDog Junk Removal & Hauling, a rapidly growing company dedicated to increasing post-military career opportunities for veterans, has named retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel Keith Seiwell as its Vice President of Business Development. Seiwell joins the leadership team tasked with supporting overall growth and development of the brand.
“Colonel Seiwell brings valuable business experience and an understanding of the military ethos, which makes him the right person to strengthen JDog’s infrastructure and position us for continued development.”
Seiwell brings experience from more than 30 years of service with the Marine Corps, as well as knowledge from several years in business leadership roles...

Richard Moody Joins RE/MAX Alliance Group »

May 21, 2015 at 4:43AM PDT | Source: RE/MAX

Richard Moody Has Joined His Wife, Yvonne Moody, in the Bradenton Office of RE/MAX Alliance Group.
Bradenton, FL - May 21, 2015 - ( - Realtor Richard Moody has joined his wife, Broker-Associate Yvonne Moody, in the Bradenton office of RE/MAX Alliance Group, to create “Team Moody.” He brings more than 28 years of area real estate experience, specializing in new home sales, buying assistance and re-establishing credit.
“I’m eager to be part of the most productive real estate network and heighten the buying and selling experience for my clients,” Moody said. “The real estate market has turned around and new trends are beginning to form. North Manatee is in high demand and homes are selling quickly...

Carlson Announces The Appointment Of Three Board Members »

May 20, 2015 at 10:23AM PDT | Source: Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

May 20, 2015 // // MINNEAPOLIS - Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company, announced the appointment of new board members Laura M. Born and Sam Gilliland. Scott C. Gage, a Carlson family member, who previously served on the board through 2012 will also rejoin at this time.
"These additions will bring great energy and invaluable expertise from the finance and travel sectors. We are pleased to welcome these thoughtful contributors to the Carlson board,” said Diana Nelson, board chair, Carlson.
Born currently serves as chair of the boards of trustees of two registered investment companies, Columbia Acorn Trust and Wanger Advisors Trust. Together, the boards oversee 12 small to mid-sized capitalization equity mutual funds with approximately $28 billion in aggregate assets...

Repower By Solar Universe Names Mahesh Mansukhani CEO »

May 20, 2015 at 4:44AM PDT | Source: REPOWER by Solar Universe

Livermore, California (PRWEB) May 20, 2015 - REPOWER by Solar Universeone of the largest solar companies in the U.S., today announced that Mahesh Mansukhani has been named chief executive officer. Company founder, Joe Bono, who previously held the role, will remain with REPOWER on the Board of Directors and in a consultative role.
“These past eight years have been an incredible journey and we have built a compelling solar platform that is ideally positioned for continued growth,” said Joe Bono. “It is clearly time to pass the baton and bring in someone with Mahesh’s proven track record to lead and scale the company, build a world-class team, and continue to expand our product offering.”
Mansukhani, who has more than 20 years experience leading and growing international businesses, was most recently CEO of sBioMed, in Orem, Utah...

Experienced Entrepreneurs Purchase Valpak Of North Orange County »

May 19, 2015 at 11:44AM PDT | Source: Valpak
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Franchisee Team Brings Savings to Businesses and Residents in the Region 
May 19, 2015 // // ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Valpak, a leader in local print and digital coupons, announced today Mike Paul and Larry Delaney have assumed ownership of Valpak’s North Orange County, Calif., territory, formerly part of the larger Orange County territory. Under new ownership, the Valpak signature blue envelope started mailing to nearly 300,000 households in North Orange County earlier this year.
"I've been an advocate of Valpak's business model for the past 20 years because of the constant support and corporate accessibility given to franchisees," said Mike Paul, Valpak of North Orange County franchisee. "I saw the opportunity to grow Valpak’s presence in the northern part of the region, and after purchasing a region of the existing Orange Country territory, my business partner Larry Delaney and I now own this new territory...

Signarama Announces Addition Of Jay Kahn As VP Of Operations »

May 19, 2015 at 4:08AM PDT | Source: Signarama

May 19, 2015 // // WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Signarama, the number one sign franchise, approaching more than 900 locations worldwide, has announced the addition of Jay Kahn to the corporate team. Serving as the VP of Operations, Kahn will lead operations for the brand including corporate and vendor support. Helping with the overall growth and performance of both individual franchisee locations and the Signarama brand at large, Kahn brings decades of experience encompassing both Fortune 1000 companies and small business alike.
Working alongside Signarama President ‘JT’ Jim Tatem, Kahn will also work with Signarama’s vendor relations, tech support, training and other teams. The positive impact this will have, said Tatem, will be seen at both the corporate and franchisee level...

Murlee Harris Joins EXIT Realty In Montgomery »

May 18, 2015 at 5:08AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Montgomery, Alabama (Grassroots Newswire) May 14, 2015 - EXIT Hodges Real Estate in Montgomery today announced the addition of Murlee Harris to its team of real estate professionals.
"We’re excited to welcome Murlee to EXIT Realty," says Paul Hodges, Broker of EXIT Hodges Real Estate. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Murlee each and every day."
Murlee Harris, Multi-Million Dollar sales producer is a native of Montgomery and has concentrated her business in the Tri-County area. She attended high school, college and business school right here in Montgomery. Her Real Estate Sales career spans 30+ years and hundreds of transactions. Being a native of Montgomery and spending her childhood, adolescents, and adulthood in this area makes her very familiar with the Tri-County Region...

Franchise Source Brands Names Art Coley As CEO And President »

May 15, 2015 at 12:32PM PDT | Source: Franchise Source Brands International

Successful Franchise Executive and Business Growth Expert Joins FSBI to Lead Company through Next Phase of Growth
May 15, 2015 // // SOUTHBURY, Conn. - Franchise Source Brands International™ (FSBI) - a multi-brand business coaching franchisor, which includes the industry-leading, 30-year-old brand The Entrepreneur’s Source® - has appointed Art Coley, Jr as CEO and president. Coley’s strong entrepreneurial background and proven success in brand growth with AlphaGraphics and ICED, among others, will allow the company’s founder Terry Powell to step back from day-to-day operations and resume the role as FSBI chairman and continue to provide visionary support and direction.
As CEO and president, Coley will use his 20-plus years of franchising experience to oversee FSBI’s family of brands, which in addition to The Entrepreneur’s Source consists of three other operating companies - AdviCoach®, ZorSource® and Expense Reduction Coaching® - as well as a sister franchise, Decor&You®...

RE/MAX Commercial® Welcomes New Brand Manager »

May 15, 2015 at 5:12AM PDT | Source: RE/MAX

Jonathan Danton to Support Practitioners Worldwide
May 15, 2015 // // DENVER – The commercial real estate division at RE/MAX headquarters welcomes Jonathan Danton to the company as RE/MAX Commercial Brand Manager. Danton will support the company’s growing number of commercial divisions that recorded over 27,000 transaction sides and over $9.5 billion in total sales and lease volume in 2014.
“We’re delighted to welcome Jonathan to RE/MAX,” says Mike Reagan, RE/MAX, LLC, Senior Vice President, Brand Marketing. “His experience is the perfect fit for supporting our Affiliates and leading the RE/MAX Commercial Division to a higher level of success.”
Danton joins RE/MAX with over 10 years of experience in commercial real estate that includes listing and selling properties, representing landlords and tenants and developing comprehensive market research and reports for institutional property owners...

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