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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.

Jennifer Marchetti Promoted To Chief Marketing Officer Of Better Homes And Gardens Real Estate »

October 31, 2014 at 4:46AM PDT | Source: Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC

October 31, 2014 // Franchising.com // Madison, N.J. - Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate (BHGRE®) announced today that Jennifer Marchetti has been promoted to the brand's chief marketing officer. Marchetti has been at the helm of the real estate brand's marketing efforts for more than four years, building out critical initiatives across branding strategy, social media, event marketing, public relations and interactive platforms.
"As a real estate brand, we understand that we have three equally important groups of stakeholders – affiliated agents, brokers and the end consumer," said Sherry Chris, president and CEO, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC. "Jen has created and led a team of strategic marketers to capitalize on our brand's unique positioning to be relevant to the consumer 365 days a year and empower our brokers and affiliated agents to be as productive and successful as possible...

Wyndham Hotel Group Appoints Mark Kukulski To Lead Hotel Management Company »

October 30, 2014 at 9:28AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company with approximately 7,590 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced the appointment of Mark Kukulski as president of its management division, Wyndham Hotel Group Management.
Mark Kukulski, Wyndham Hotel Group ManagementIn this role, effective November 11, Kukulski will be responsible for the consistent execution of all hotel operations for the company's 46 domestic managed properties, including financial management, sales and marketing, guest satisfaction, associate and owner relations and compliance with quality standards. He will be based in Wyndham Hotel Group's Parsippany, N.J., offices...

MarLu Investment Group Purchases 22 TGI Fridays™ Restaurants »

October 30, 2014 at 8:08AM PDT | Source: T.G.I. Friday's Restaurants

Fridays to Serve as Flagship Casual Dining Restaurant in MarLu Portfolio
October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // ELK GROVE, California -  MarLu Investment Group ("MarLu"), a leading multi-concept franchise group and management company, today announced it has entered into agreement to purchase 22 TGI Fridays™ restaurants primarily located throughout Texas and Colorado. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
"We are extremely excited to be announcing this partnership with Fridays," said Tony Lutfi, CEO and president, MarLu Investment Group. "This purchase recognizes our long-term confidence in the Fridays brand and the strategic direction the company is headed. Fridays fits perfectly into our already strong network of brands and we look forward to capitalizing on the many opportunities we see for growth and expansion...

EnVie Fitness For Women Boosts Executive Team With Addition Of Franchise And Fitness Veteran Liberty Harper As Director Of Operations »

October 30, 2014 at 7:46AM PDT | Source: EnVie Fitness for Women

October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // WACO, Texas – EnVie Fitness for Women, a breakthrough concept in the women's fitness industry, announces the appointment of Liberty Harper as Director of Operations. The addition of Harper to the executive 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 this summer.
In her new position, Harper will oversee the operations and development of programming for all corporate and franchised studios, as well as be responsible for the training of new franchisees. She will also direct the development of financial goals and sales targets of all of EnVie's global regions...

L.A. Rocker Nate Beck Becomes Part Owner In Twin Cities School Of Rock Franchise »

October 29, 2014 at 6:18AM PDT | Source: School of Rock

St. Paul, MN, October 29, 2014 - (PR.com) - The School of Rock was founded in 1998 in Philadelphia PA on the premise that "taking music lessons and never playing a gig is like going to basketball practice and never playing a game. After a while, there's no point." So the School of Rock gets its students performing on stage – in a band - as early as 8 years old. "Not only does this teach them to play music," said Nate Beck. "But it teaches team work, it raises their self confidence….and it's a heck of a lot of fun!"
Beck should know. He is a graduate of the St. Paul School of Rock. Following High School graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to attend Musicians Institute, where he formed a band that was nominated for an award in the Rock Single of the Year category in the Los Angeles Music Awards...

Meineke Car Care Centers Appoints New Brand President »

October 28, 2014 at 11:27AM PDT | Source: Meineke Car Care Centers
Meineke Car Care Centers Opportunities Available

Driven Brands CIO and Meineke EVP Danny Rivera Assumes New Role
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Oct. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Meineke Car Care Centers, a leading automotive aftermarket franchisor in the world, today announced the appointment of Danny Rivera, a digitally driven executive, as the brand's new president.
A tech-savvy executive, Rivera brings more than 12 years of experience to the table. He has served as Driven Brands' chief information officer since 2012 and most recently served as the executive vice president for Meineke since June. Rivera has led major innovation projects for Driven Brands, both at Meineke and Maaco, improving the customer experience and implementing state-of-the-art technology in centers across the United States and Canada...

Creative Learning Corporation Announces Management Change »

October 24, 2014 at 10:56AM PDT | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Opportunities Available

St. Augustine, FL (PRWEB) October 24, 2014 - Creative Learning Corporation (OTC: CLCN), owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz®, Challenge Island®, and Sew Fun Studios®, the highly-popular children's education and enrichment programs, today announced that effective October 22, Richard Nickelson is no longer the Company's Chief Financial and Accounting Officer.
Brian Pappas, CEO of Creative Learning commented, "We appreciate the contributions of Mr. Nickelson in his role as Chief Financial and Accounting Officer. We are in active discussions with a number of very strong candidates and look forward to announcing an appointment in the near future."
About Creative Learning Corporation
Creative Learning Corporation, operating under the trade names of Bricks 4 Kidz® and Challenge Island®, offers educational and enrichment programs to children ages 3-12+...

Kathy Thompson Joins EXIT Realty In Montgomery »

October 24, 2014 at 5:24AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Montgomery, AL (Grassroots Newswire) - October 22, 2014 - EXIT Hodges Real Estate in Montgomery announced the addition of Kathy Thompson to its team of real estate professionals.
"We're excited to welcome Kathy to EXIT Realty," says Paul Hodges, Broker of EXIT Hodges Real Estate. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Kathy each and every day."
My name is Kathy Thompson. I am from Dothan, Alabama. I have lived in Prattville, Alabama for the last ten years. I am married with two beautiful daughters. We also have two dogs who keep us on our toes. I have a passion for selling Real Estate! Seeing the joy in new home owners' faces is so rewarding. I specialize in assisting buyers and sellers in the River Region area of Montgomery, Alabama...

Arby's Promotes Melissa Strait To Chief People Officer »

October 24, 2014 at 4:59AM PDT | Source: Arby's

Newly Created Position Will Lead Global Talent Management
ATLANTA - Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. announced today that it was promoting Melissa Strait, SVP, Human Resources and Leadership Development, to Chief People Officer, a newly created position reporting to Paul Brown, Chief Executive Officer. In the new role Strait will be responsible for leading the strategy, development and execution of key organizational effectiveness and talent management programs across the company. Strait has been with Arby's since 1984, when she started as a team member working in an Arby's restaurant in her home state of Michigan.
"Melissa has been an instrumental advisor during my first year and a half as CEO," said Paul Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Arby's Restaurant Group...

EXIT Real Estate Gallery New Agents »

October 23, 2014 at 9:00AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Jacksonville, FL (Grassroots Newswire)- October 22, 2014 - "We are excited to welcome the following New Agents, Vincent Miller, Tina Rizea, Aaron Baety, Outran "Tom" Goes, Demitry Glover, Susan Drain, Brian Cason, Kevin Reiter, Misty Byrd, Robert "Rob" Additon, Gabriella Marichal, Kim Landry, Patricia Meyer, Paul Sugden and Ana Kessler to EXIT Real Estate Gallery," says Stanley Bishop, Owner / Broker of EXIT Real Estate Gallery. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people 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...

Leading Hinsdale Brokerage Leaves ERA To Join RE/MAX Network »

October 23, 2014 at 4:27AM PDT | Source: RE/MAX

October 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – A prominent real estate brokerage in affluent Hinsdale, Ill., has joined the RE/MAX Northern Illinois real estate network and parted ways with ERA. Now known as RE/MAX Signature Homes and located at 22 N. Lincoln St., the brokerage, formerly ERA Team Feinstein, was the most successful ERA office, not only in the Hinsdale market, but in the metro Chicago area. It has a staff of approximately 40 affiliated brokers, a support staff of five and 2013 closed sales volume of more than $250 million.
Broker/owner Linda Feinstein said that her decision to join RE/MAX was based on the organization's progressive approach to all facets of the real estate business.
"I was especially impressed with the technology that RE/MAX provides," said Feinstein...

EXIT Beach Realty Is Growing Again »

October 21, 2014 at 4:54AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Three More Agents Join
Ormond Beach, FL (Grassroots Newswire) October 20, 2014 - EXIT Beach Realty continues to grow, as they add three more agents this month. Jesus Rodriguez, who is a new Realtor®, also works at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona. Originally from New Jersey, Jesus and his family are glad to be here in Florida.
Fred Richard retired from a thirty-three year oil-field engineering career in Alaska to make a new career in Florida real estate. Fred has long had an interest in realty, and is very excited to be part of the EXIT system. Fred and his wife, Ileana make their home in Ormond Beach.
Realtor® Will Shinew is a retired corporate pilot, and is ready to make his mark with EXIT Beach Realty...

Instant Imprints Hires VP Of Field Support And Training »

October 20, 2014 at 12:41PM PDT | Source: Instant Imprints

Business Development Consultant Mike Boyd Promoted to Newly Created Position to Support Growing Franchisee Population
October 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // SAN DIEGO – Instant Imprints, North America's innovative network of promotional products, sign and digital printing centers, announced the appointment of franchise growth expert Mike Boyd to Vice President of Field Support and Training.
"With our aggressive expansion plans underway, we need someone with Mike's expertise to provide support and training to our franchisees," said Ralph Askar, president and CEO of San Diego-based Instant Imprints. "He has a proven track record of supplying the support new and seasoned franchisees need in order to continue to perform at top levels...

Climbing The Ladder: Former Checkers® Manager Becomes Franchisee »

October 20, 2014 at 9:09AM PDT | Source: Checkers Drive In
Checkers Drive In Opportunities Available

Subway Franchisee Joins Checkers for Growth Opportunities
Tampa, FL. (PRWEB) October 20, 2014 - Checkers and Rally's Restaurants, Inc. (Checkers®), continues to prove itself as a brand that encourages the growth of both new and existing members of its team. The latest member to join the fast-growing brand as a franchisee is Gurpreet "Goldy" Singh, who is slated to open his first restaurant located at 225 First Avenue, NY, in late November, 2014.
Based on his extensive experience in managing restaurants as well as his familiarity with the Checkers brand, Singh, 32, is certainly poised for success. Prior to joining Checkers as a franchisee, Singh had previously managed a Subway before becoming the General Manager of a Checkers restaurant for five years...

Wyndham Hotel Group’s Rui Barros To Oversee North America Franchise Operations »

October 20, 2014 at 7:05AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

October 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // Parsippany, N.J. – Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company with approximately 7,540 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced the appointment of Rui Barros as president and managing director of North America franchise operations.
Rui BarrosIn this role, Barros will be responsible for Wyndham Hotel Group’s field and brand operations functions, overseeing operational performance, ongoing franchisee support efforts and preferred client services for Wyndham Hotel Group properties in North America. He will be based in the company’s Parsippany, New Jersey offices.
A seasoned hospitality industry veteran, Barros has held a number of high-level operations positions with Wyndham Hotel Group...

Value Place Announces Appointment Of Stuart Becker As Executive Vice President And Chief Financial Officer »

October 20, 2014 at 6:36AM PDT | Source: Value Place

October 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // WICHITA, Kan. - Value Place, the nation's largest economy, extended-stay hotel brand, today announced the appointment of Stuart Becker to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective Monday, October 13, 2014.
In this role, Becker will oversee the company's finance and accounting functions and will be responsible for the financial management, planning, and operations for each of the brand's core departments, including property management, real estate and franchise development, construction, and franchise and legal services. Becker will leverage his past experience with lenders and private equity sources to identify additional financing to support the continued development of new Value Place properties across the country...

Congratulations Jen Terrance! »

October 20, 2014 at 4:03AM PDT | Source: Lush Lawn Franchising

Brighton, MI – Monday, the 13th of October – Lush Lawn is proud to announce the appointment of our first woman Branch Manager Jennifer Terrance. Jennifer has distinguished herself throughout her seven year career here at Lush Lawn through excellent individual performance and excellent management ability. She began in our Grand Blanc office as a Lawn Consultant. She then worked her way up through the company becoming Sales Manager, Senior Sales Manager, and now the Branch Manager of our Brighton branch. Her contributions to our company’s sales department through corporate training materials and developed procedures are a lasting testament to her dedication to her work and position. We look forward to supporting Jen in her new role and wish her great success...

Local St. Louis Family Assumes Ownership Of Valpak Territory »

October 17, 2014 at 10:22AM PDT | Source: Valpak
Valpak Opportunities Available

Former Valpak General Manager Brings Savings to Businesses and Residents in the Community 
October 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // LARGO, FL – Valpak, a leader in local print and digital coupons, announced today Keith and Vickie Carpenter and their son, Brian and his wife, Jessica have acquired the Valpak of Greater St. Louis, Mo., territory.
As a former Valpak general manager, Keith brings 35 years of advertising sales experience to the business. Brian is no stranger to the Valpak brand either, having over 10 years of sales experience with the brand. With this territory, the Carpenters will mail Valpak’s signature blue envelope to 300,000 homes, and growing in the greater St. Louis area including St. Louis, St...

The Entrepreneur's Source Welcomes Art Coley To Advisory Board »

October 17, 2014 at 5:37AM PDT | Source: The Entrepreneur's Source

44-Year-Old Successful Entrepreneur and Company Growth Expert Joins The Entrepreneur's Source Advisory Board to Help Enhance Company Growth Strategies
October 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // SOUTHBURY, Conn. - The Entrepreneur's Source®, the nation's leading alternative career coaching franchise dedicated to the entrepreneur, announces that Art Coley, currently a consultant with AlphaGraphics, has joined the company's Advisory Board. Coley will work with other experienced franchise executives to give guidance and perspective in helping individuals find the right path in franchising and small business ownership, ensuring the growth and relevance of The Entrepreneur's Source in the franchise industry.
"Coley, along with other members of the Advisory Board, will be providing valuable perspectives, experience, and guidance to our team as we celebrate our 30th year in business and prepare for the next 10 years of rapid growth and exceptional unit economics for our Franchisees and Associates," said Terry Powell, founder of The Entrepreneur's Source and Franchise Source Brands International™ (FSBI), a multi-brand business coaching franchisor with several high-performance brands under its helm, including AdviCoach®...

Glass Doctor® Announces Addition Of Vice President »

October 16, 2014 at 4:36AM PDT | Source: Glass Doctor

Additional VP increases capacity for company to serve franchisees.
Waco, Texas (PRWEB) October 15, 2014 - Glass Doctor® is pleased to announce the addition of Mike Gai to the corporate staff as Vice President. The company's growth over the last couple of years demanded the creation of a second Vice President position, and Gai will rejoin Glass Doctor to fill that role.
Glass Doctor President Mark Liston explained, "Mike is coming home! He was our VP of Operations before being selected to head up The Dwyer Group's National Sales effort a couple of years ago. As we are growing, it became evident that we needed two VPs - one that would focus on our franchisees current operational needs, which I call "blocking and tackling" and one to guide us to a variety of future opportunities...



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