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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.

Joel Bulger Named Chief Marketing Officer At Johnny Rockets »

July 30, 2014 at 4:39AM PDT | Source: Johnny Rockets

July 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // Global restaurant chain Johnny Rockets is pleased to announce the appointment of Joel Bulger as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). With more than 20 years of relevant experience in the restaurant industry, Bulger brings extensive marketing and brand development expertise to the role. His executive leadership will be instrumental in growing and protecting the all-American restaurant brand. Prior to joining Johnny Rockets, Bulger held leadership positions with restaurant brands that include Church's Chicken, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse and Wendy's International, as well as leading national promotions for Coca-Cola.
Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer John Fuller, Bulger will lead the existing team of marketing executives in the areas of local restaurant marketing and corporate communications...

Maui Wowi Hires Franchise Business Manager And Aims For New Level Of Success »

July 30, 2014 at 4:26AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

Maui Wowi Hawaiian, international retailer of premium coffee and healthy fresh fruit smoothies, hires a Franchise Business Manager to bring additional support to retail stores as the company expands.
Greenwood Village, Colo. (PRWEB) July 30, 2014 - Maui Wowi Hawaiian has hired on a Franchise Business Manager with over 25 years of experience in the food and beverage industry to join the team at the franchise company's Colorado headquarters. Jeff Lougee will take on the new role to offer increased support to franchisees and grow operations as part of Maui Wowi's ongoing efforts to help individuals realize their dreams of business ownership.
"Jeff's broad range of experience and knowledge of working with concepts like Maui Wowi, brings a new dynamic and adds to the amount of support we are able to offer our franchisees," said CEO Mike Weinberger...

Keller Williams Realty Stafford/Quantico, VA Relaunch Under New Ownership - Management »

July 29, 2014 at 10:01AM PDT | Source: Keller Williams Realty

STAFFORD, Va. - July 29, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Keller Williams, the largest real estate franchise by agent count in North America, announced today its relaunch of its Keller Williams Market Center in Stafford, VA. This premier Market Center is now under new ownership and management. It has expanded its network to the Quantico, and Southern end of Prince William County.
Stafford Keller Williams is led by Operating Principal Pam Martin and Team Leader Mary Jo Miller, who are excited to continue to offer Stafford, Dumfries, Fredericksburg and all other surrounding areas exceptional service to buyers and sellers.
"Keller Williams is excited about relaunching the Stafford Keller Williams office," said CEO Mark Willis. "Our company has a policy of limiting its market presence by selecting only the premier partners in any given area...

Ovation® Brands Names Robert Crews As SVP Of Marketing, Strengthens Executive Team To Further Brand Reinvention »

July 29, 2014 at 4:39AM PDT | Source: Ovation Brands

GREER, S.C. - July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Ovation® Brands proudly announced today the appointment of seasoned marketing executive Robert "Rob" Crews as Senior Vice President of Marketing. In this role, Crews will oversee a team of in-house professionals, plus outside agencies responsible for all marketing, advertising and brand management for the entire Ovation Brands portfolio with a particular focus on reinvention efforts underway in the Ryan's®, Old Country Buffet® and Hometown® Buffet concepts. He will report to Anthony Wedo, Chief Executive Officer.
"Rob has a proven track record of reinvigorating legacy brands," Wedo said. "Since 2013, Ovation Brands has been in a reinvention phase with updates to our food, service and decor in several key markets...

Famous Dave's Elects David Mastrocola As Chairman Of The Board Of Directors »

July 29, 2014 at 4:11AM PDT | Source: Famous Dave's

Will Now Announce Q2 Earnings after Regularly Scheduled August Board Meeting
MINNEAPOLIS, July 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) today announced that its Board of Directors has elected David J. Mastrocola as the Company's Chairman of the Board, effective July 28, 2014.
David Mastrocola currently serves as Co-Founder and Advisory Chairman of Pleasant Lake Partners, LLC. He previously served as a partner and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs & Co., a global investment banking, securities and investment management firm, where he worked from 1987 until his retirement in 2009. During that period, he held a number of senior management positions in the Investment Banking Division, including heading or co-heading the corporate finance, mergers/strategic advisory and industrials/natural resources departments...

Pak Mail Announces Lawrenceville, Georgia Pak Mail Under New Management »

July 28, 2014 at 4:27AM PDT | Source: Pak Mail

Lawrenceville, GA (PRWEB) July 28, 2014 - Pak Mail Centers of America, Inc. announced the Pak Mail Center located at 1032 Old Peachtree Road, Lawrenceville, GA at Huntcrest is under new ownership. Long-time residents Mr. and Mrs. Virgil and Lori Snow purchased the packaging and shipping franchise in June of this year.
The Pak Mail Center in Lawrenceville opened in August of 2003 and has been servicing residents’ packing, shipping, and crating needs for over a decade. The Snows are excited to continue to serve their community as the new owners of the local Pak Mail Center.
"We are excited to be taking over the Pak Mail store at Huntcrest in Lawrenceville, GA." Lori said. "Virgil and I have been living in the community for 30 years and are pleased to have our son, Nicholas Snow join us as our Store Manager...

Aaron's, Inc. Announces Dave Buck, COO, Retiring »

July 25, 2014 at 4:43AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

Tristan Montanero and Michael P. Ryan to Lead Operations; Scott Harvey Named VP of Franchising
ATLANTA - July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a lease-to-own retailer specializing in the sales and lease ownership of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, announced today that Dave Buck, age 64, plans to retire as Chief Operations Officer after a 25-year career at Aaron's. Effective August 1, Senior Vice President of Operations Tristan Montanero and Michael P. Ryan will be co-leaders of Operations at Aaron's, with Ryan being promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations from Vice President of Franchising. Aaron's named Scott Harvey, former Vice President of Operational Support, to succeed Michael P...

Wendy's Names Brandon Solano Senior Vice President Of Marketing »

July 24, 2014 at 6:17AM PDT | Source: Wendy's

July 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // Dublin, Ohio - The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) announced today that Brandon Solano, 43, a veteran brand builder and product innovator, has been named Senior Vice President of Marketing.
Solano will report to Wendy's® Chief Marketing Officer Craig Bahner and will lead the Company's Brand Marketing efforts.
"Brandon has a proven track record of building businesses and organizations. He's a step change thinker who delivers innovation in everything he does," Bahner said. "He will be a huge asset to The Wendy's Company and our system, and will help lead our brand transformation to the next level."
Over the course of his professional career, Solano has worked for some of the world's leading brands in positions of increasing scale and complexity...

The Melting Pot Promotes Bob Margait To Vice President Of Operations »

July 23, 2014 at 8:19AM PDT | Source: Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., The

July 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla. – The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., the world’s premier fondue restaurant franchise and a leading polished casual dining franchise has promoted Bob Margait to vice president of operations to focus on building sales and driving operational excellence for its franchise system of more than 135 restaurants in North America.
"Margait is a strong operational leader who will help The Melting Pot continue to evolve to provide guests with the flexibility, variety and value that they crave in their dining experiences," said Mike Lester, president of The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. "In his previous position as director of restaurant operations, Margait led a two-year menu revamp process that has resulted in increased value perception for The Melting Pot as it offered guests more ways to customize their dining experiences than ever before...

On The Border Names New President »

July 23, 2014 at 8:03AM PDT | Source: On The Border

30-Year Restaurant Industry Veteran Ward Whitworth Set to Take Helm of World's Largest Casual Dining Mexican Concept; OTB CEO Steve Clark Announces Retirement
DALLAS - July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina®, the world's largest casual dining Mexican concept, which was recently acquired by Border Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of Argonne Capital Group, today announced the appointment of Ward Whitworth as President of On The Border.
The move follows the resignation of On The Border Chief Executive Officer Steve Clark, who has committed to Argonne Capital Group to stay on for a period of time in order to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership.
"My goal four years ago was to transition OTB to stand-alone status, return the brand to category leadership and create new restaurant growth," said Clark, who has led several leading brands over his 40 years in the restaurant industry...

Shelby D. Roney Joins EXIT Realty In Easton »

July 23, 2014 at 5:09AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Easton, Maryland (Grassroots Newswire) - July 21, 2014 - Shelby D. Roney joined EXIT Latham Realty in Easton.
"We’re excited to welcome Shelby to EXIT Realty," says Jim Latham, Broker of EXIT Latham Realty. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Shelby each and every day."
Shelby has been a Realtor since 2003 and is currently Treasurer of the Mid-Shore Board of Realtors, Community Service Chairman and Membership Committee.
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...

Hyatt Configures Organization For Increased Adaptability And Effectiveness »

July 22, 2014 at 6:03AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

July 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Mark Hoplamazian, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H), today announced organizational changes designed to support Hyatt's strategy of driving preference by providing distinctive brand experiences. The changes include the integration of the global operations structure, the formation of an integrated team to lead the Company's select service business and the creation of a new global franchising strategy function.
Chuck Floyd has been selected as Global President of Operations, effective August 1, 2014. In this newly created role, Floyd will continue to lead and develop the Company's Global Operations Center (GOC), Hyatt's shared operation services organization, and will assume responsibility for the operation of Hyatt's hotels globally...

Snap-on Incorporated Appoints Ruth Ann M. Gillis To Board Of Directors »

July 22, 2014 at 5:48AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

KENOSHA, Wis. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - July 22, 2014 - Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA) today announced that its board of directors has appointed Ruth Ann M. Gillis as a director, effective July 18, 2014.
Ms. Gillis, age 59, retired as executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Exelon Corporation ("Exelon"), a utility services holding company engaged in the energy generation and delivery business, in July 2014 after serving in such roles since 2005. She was also president of Exelon Business Services Company, a subsidiary of Exelon. Previous roles include executive vice president of ComEd, an Exelon subsidiary, and chief financial officer of Exelon. Ms. Gillis also serves as a director of KeyCorp, a bank holding company, and its subsidiary, KeyBank National Association...

White Spot Promotes Danny Markowicz To Executive Chef »

July 21, 2014 at 11:41AM PDT | Source: White Spot Restaurants

July 04, 2014 - White Spot is pleased to announce that former Executive Development Chef Danny Markowicz has been promoted to the position of Executive Chef.
Backed by a team of Red Seal-certified chefs, White Spot continues its 86th- year tradition of providing legendary, value-based menu offerings in a family-friendly atmosphere.
"As our top Red Seal chef, Danny's menu creations frequently become guest favourites," said long-time White Spot President Warren Erhart. "Danny has also become a familiar face on television, and has been playing an increasingly high profile role in our organization."
Markowicz was mentored by former Executive Chef Chuck Currie, who helped White Spot successfully transition to a casual dining restaurant...

New Agent Joins EXIT Realty Consultants! »

July 21, 2014 at 6:04AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Pedo Bautista
Manteca, CA (Grassroots Newswire) July 15, 2014 - Newly joining the EXIT Realty Consultants team, out of their Manteca location, Pedro Bautista has over ten years of experience in the Real Estate industry. Not only does Pedro speak Spanish, he specializes in first time home buyers & sellers where he takes the initiative of making each of his client’s dreams a reality. With a carefully crafted tactical plan for providing the best of services to his clients, it is no wonder Pedro is one of the greatest Realtors to work with in Northern California. To contact Pedro, visit him at www.PedroBautista.EXITHOME.com or call him at 209-679-5595 for all your Real Estate needs.
About EXIT Realty
For more information about EXIT Realty Consultants, please call 209-535-2754...

Whitbread Appoints New Chairman »

July 18, 2014 at 9:11AM PDT | Source: Whitbread

Whitbread PLC Has Today Announced The Appointment Of Richard Baker As Chairman With Effect From 1st September 2014. He Succeeds Anthony Habgood Who, After Nine Successful Years As Chairman, Announced In January His Decision To Step Down From The Board.
July 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // Richard Baker has been an independent non-executive director on the Whitbread Board since September 2009. He is currently Chairman of Virgin Active Group, a role he has held since 2008 and Chairman of DFS Furniture Holdings where he has been since 2010. Richard was previously Chief Executive of (Alliance) Boots Group PLC from 2003 to 2007 and prior to that was Chief Operating Officer at Asda Group PLC.
Sir Ian Cheshire, Whitbread’s Senior Independent Director who led the Nominations Committee process commented:
"We have conducted a thorough search, with the help of executive search consultants, to identify the most suitable person to become the next Chairman of Whitbread...

RLHC Announces New Additions To The Lodging Development And Marketing Teams »

July 17, 2014 at 6:22AM PDT | Source: Red Lion Hotels

Red Lion Hotels Corporation Franchise and Lodging Development Team Spans the Country
SPOKANE, Wash. - July 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Red Lion Hotels Corporation (NYSE: RLH) announced today the company has recruited new additions to its Lodging Development and Marketing teams to advance its plans to expand coast to coast. The company has hired David Attardi and Angela Rowe in Franchise and Lodging Development and Sarah Frank in Brand Marketing.
"These hires are indicative of the level of talent we are attracting to RLHC as we position the company for expansion," says Brian Quinn, Chief Franchise Officer for Red Lion Hotels Corporation (RLHC). "Each of these individuals bring unique talents and marketing skills that are key to our building relationships with the owners of the right hotels for our brands...

Greg Brown Appointed General Manager Of Hilton Baltimore »

July 17, 2014 at 4:19AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Hospitality Veteran to Operate Convention Center Hotel
July 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // BALTIMORE - Greg Brown has been appointed general manager of Hilton Baltimore, effective immediately. The city-owned hotel is located in downtown Baltimore, blocks away from the world-renowned Inner Harbor, and is connected to the Baltimore Convention Center. Brown will direct and oversee the day-to-day operations of the 757-room premier meeting and convention hotel, located just 15 minutes from Baltimore Washington International Airport.
"Greg’s proven leadership and expertise in operations and management, coupled with his commitment to outstanding customer service, will ensure Hilton Baltimore continued success," said Ted Ratcliff, senior vice president, operations, eastern North America, Hilton Worldwide...

Marco's Pizza Names Tony Libardi As Executive Vice President Of Operations »

July 16, 2014 at 5:49AM PDT | Source: Marco's Pizza

Franchise Industry Veteran Brings Leadership Excellence to the Pizza Category
TOLEDO, Ohio - July 15, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Marco's Pizza, the nation's fastest growing pizza company, announced that it has named Tony Libardi as Executive Vice President of Operations. As an expert in the field with extensive experience in the food and restaurant industry, Libardi brings over two decades of experience from nationally recognized brands to the Marco's Pizza team.
Prior to joining Marco's Pizza, Libardi spent 10 years running a $1 billion division for Burger King, leading a restaurant portfolio of 750 locations with combined sales of approximately $900 million annually and over $145 million in EBITDA as the Vice President of Company Operations U...

Fresh To Order Promotes Craig Light To Vice President Of Operations »

July 15, 2014 at 7:52AM PDT | Source: Fresh To Order

Restaurant also Names Two New Director Level Hires and Additional Promotions
July 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - Atlanta-based Fresh To Order (f2o), the pioneer of "Fast Fine" dining, has promoted Craig Light to vice president of operations. Light will be responsible for overseeing daily operations for the company. For the past five years Light has served as an area director for Fresh To Order serving its Georgia and Tennessee locations. Fresh To Order also made two other promotions and hired three additional team members.
Fresh To Order has also promoted Andrew Head to director of training and compliance. In his new position, Head will develop and oversee all training and audit programs for Fresh To Order. Previously, Head served as general manager for the Midtown Atlanta Fresh To Order location...



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