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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.

Kim Brooks Appointed New CEO Of DSI Holdings Corporation »

April 17, 2014 at 5:09AM PDT | Source: ServiceMaster Restore

Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) April 17, 2014 - ServiceMaster DSI Holdings Corporationis pleased to announce the appointment of Kim Brooks as President and Chief Executive Officer. He will assume the responsibilities immediately.
Kim Brooks is a majority shareholder in ServiceMaster DSI Holding Corporation and has been part of the company for over 20 years. During that time he has played a major role in turning a single ServiceMaster franchise location in Kansas City, MO into the largest ServiceMaster franchise organization in the country, completing disaster restoration projects all over the world.
"ServiceMaster DSI is a leader in the disaster restoration field," said Kim. "I am excited to lead this company as we continue to grow. Moving forward, I plan to re-evaluate existing systems and processes in an effort to simplify and improve the restoration experience for our clients...

FRANdata Announces Promotion Of Edith Wiseman To President »

April 16, 2014 at 10:03AM PDT | Source: FRANdata

April 16, 2014 // // Arlington, VA -  FRANdata, the only independent research company that provides objective information, analysis and consulting about the franchising sector, today named Edith Wiseman President of the company. Edith Wiseman is a 15 year veteran of FRANdata. She has spent the last 5 years as the Executive Vice President and has played a pivotal leadership role in the strategic growth of FRANdata's Capital Access and Franchise Business Intelligence suite of solutions.
"In many ways FRANdata has become a reflection of Edith's talents and abilities. Not only does she have an encyclopedic knowledge of franchising, Edith's passion and infectious attitude raises the level of performance of all the people around her...

Salons By JC Names Retired Air Force Major And Former Fantastic Sams Region Director Drew Johnston As VP Of Operations »

April 16, 2014 at 9:23AM PDT | Source: Salons By JC

April 16, 2014 // // SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Salons By JC, the nation's fastest-growing salon suite franchise concept, announces the appointment of Drew Johnston as Vice President of Operations.
In his new role, Johnston will be responsible for maintaining, creating, and promoting the operational procedures within the corporate salons, while fusing those procedures and the Salons By JC culture into programs that will benefit the salon franchises. In addition, he will assist company co-founder Jack Griffey with the real estate piece of the company's franchise development efforts.
"Drew is a multi-talented and respected leader with highly regarded strengths in organizational leadership, administration and management," said Griffey...

La Madeleine Announces Promotion Of Susan Dederen To Vice President Of Culinary Operations »

April 16, 2014 at 8:51AM PDT | Source: la Madeleine

Company Leader Recognized for Decades of Influence on Renowned French Country Inspired Bakery-Cafés
April 16, 2014 // // DALLAS – la Madeleine Country French Bakery and Café, renowned for its uniquely warm and inviting French dining experience, has announced the promotion of Susan Dederen to vice president of culinary.
"A central tenant of the true la Madeleine experience is the carefully hand crafted French-inspired food. Nobody has done more for the continuous innovation of la Madeleine's kitchen in the last 20 years more than Susan." said John Cahill, chief operating officer of la Madeleine. "Susan's high standards and emphasis on quality has time and time again produced outstanding results...

Pet Supplies Plus Appoints Alex Roberts As Vice President Of Franchising »

April 16, 2014 at 7:19AM PDT | Source: Pet Supplies Plus
Pet Supplies Plus Opportunities Available

April 16, 2014 // // Livonia, Mich. – Pet Supplies Plus announced today that Alex Roberts has been named Vice President of Franchising. Pet Supplies Plus, a portfolio company of Irving Place Capital, is the third largest pet specialty retailer in the United States.
Prior to Pet Supplies Plus, Roberts was most recently the president of Mr. Handyman International, where he was responsible for overall brand performance of the 200+-unit franchise system, which operates in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Previous to that, he held roles with ProTect Painters International and Service Brands International.
Roberts is a veteran franchise executive who will bring an impressive set of skills and experiences to Pet Supplies Plus...

Country's Fastest Growing Pizza Franchise Appoints New President »

April 15, 2014 at 10:05AM PDT | Source: Marco's Pizza

Marco's Pizza Sets Eyes on 600 Stores Under the Leadership of Bryon Stephens
TOLEDO, Ohio - April 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - During the company's annual convention the week of April 7, Marco's Pizza, the country's fastest growing pizza franchise, named Bryon Stephens as President. Since starting with Marco's Pizza in 2004, Stephens has demonstrated significant success in his leadership roles as Vice President of Development, and Chief Operating Officer, a position he was promoted to in 2013.
Stephens, who came to Marco's with much success developing YUM! Brands, Inc., and Yorkshire Global Restaurants, was the first person hired by CEO and Chairman of Marco's Pizza, Jack Butorac when Butorac bought the franchising rights in 2004...

WIN Home Inspection Franchise Taps Blair Dufresne For New Role As Marketing Manager »

April 15, 2014 at 9:47AM PDT | Source: WIN Home Inspection

Dufresne Will Offer Direct Support to WIN Home Inspection Franchise Owners
MADISON, AL - (Marketwired - Apr 15, 2014) - Blair Dufresne has been named Marketing Manager of the WIN Home Inspection franchise. Dufresne, who has an MBA from Middle Tennessee State University, will focus on direct support of nearly 180 WIN Strategic Partners and their franchised locations across the country. She will also help manage WIN marketing initiatives, vendor partnerships and be responsible for various organizational marketing standard operating practices and functions.
This is not Dufresne's first position at WIN. She was previously WIN's Franchise Administration Manager, but she took a break after the birth of her son in 2012. Her appointment comes after a two-year period of double-digit growth at WIN...

Gap Inc. Announces Marissa Webb As Creative Director And Executive Vice President Of Design For Banana Republic »

April 15, 2014 at 9:37AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

Esteemed Fashion Designer Brings Fresh Perspective to the Brand’s Legacy of Modern American Style
SAN FRANCISCO - April 15, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS) today announced that Banana Republic has named Marissa Webb as Creative Director and Executive Vice President of Design, effective April 28. She will be responsible for guiding the brand’s overall creative direction, as well as leading global product design for Banana Republic Women’s, Men’s, and Accessories. Marissa will report to Global President of Banana Republic, Jack Calhoun.
"The brand has such a beautiful history which I truly admire. This is an amazing opportunity for me to combine my unique vision with a brand that has such a strong legacy...

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. Announces CFO Departure In May »

April 15, 2014 at 5:02AM PDT | Source: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

ATLANTA - April 14, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLKI), the franchisor and operator of Popeyes® restaurants, announced that H. Melville Hope, III, the company’s senior vice president and chief financial officer, will leave the company effective May 23, 2014, to pursue other opportunities. The company has commenced a search for Mr. Hope’s successor, reviewing both internal and external candidates. Mr. Hope will assist in the transition of duties to an interim CFO and will remain a consultant to the company through the summer.
"On behalf of everyone at Popeyes, I want to thank Mel for his many contributions over the last 11 years. Mel has played an important leadership role in the transformation of the company's performance...

Value Place Appoints Industry Veteran Bruce Haase As CEO »

April 14, 2014 at 7:19AM PDT | Source: Value Place

New Executive Joins the Firm from Choice Hotels International
WICHITA, Kan. - April 14, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Value Place, the largest economy, extended-stay hotel brand in the U.S., has named Bruce Haase as CEO, effective Friday, April 11, 2014. He will be based in Wichita, Kan. at the Value Place corporate headquarters.
"The company has laid the foundation for a successful, proven, and profitable business model, and enjoys substantial growth opportunities in numerous undeveloped markets. This is a brand that’s on the move, and I’m excited to be a part of that progress."
Haase joins Value Place following a 12-year tenure at Choice Hotels International, one of the world’s largest lodging companies, where he was responsible for overseeing the company’s global operating functions, including brand management, marketing, franchise development, franchisee relations, international operations, loyalty, e-commerce, and procurement...

Tint World Appoints New Franchise Operations Manager »

April 10, 2014 at 6:59AM PDT | Source: Tint World

Tint World names John Marsh as new Franchise Operations Manager
WESTON, Fla. - April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ - Tint World, the nation's leading automotive styling franchise, announced that industry veteran John Marsh has been appointed as the new Franchise Operations Manager for the company. According to Tint World VP of Dealer Operations / Vendor Manager Paul Pirro, "Marsh will be responsible for daily support of the franchisee locations nationwide."
Tint World's fast paced growth has demanded additional sales, training, and operational support from Tint World's corporate office and "the addition of John with his vast experience and knowledge will make him a great asset to our team and franchise locations," said Pirro.
Marsh comes to Tint World with nearly 20 years of automotive industry experience - beginning his career at 12-volt, in the sound-off competition lanes in the mid-90s, and soon found employment at Esoteric Audio in the marketing department...

Ruby Tuesday Appoints Mark W. Addicks And Donald E. Hess To The Board Of Directors »

April 10, 2014 at 5:11AM PDT | Source: Ruby Tuesday

MARYVILLE, Tenn. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - April 9, 2014 - Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE: RT) today announced the appointments of Mark W. Addicks and Donald E. Hess to its Board of Directors effective April 9, 2014. Mr. Addicks serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer for General Mills Inc. (NYSE: GIS). Mr. Hess most recently served as the Lead Director on the board of Saks Incorporated.
"I am excited to welcome both Mark and Donald to our Board of Directors," said Chairman, President and CEO JJ Buettgen. "They bring a wealth of marketing, strategic, and executive experience that will further strengthen our board, and I know they will make significant contributions as we continue our strategy to reposition the Ruby Tuesday brand to a more casual, energetic, and broadly-appealing brand...

Home Care Assistance Of Wisconsin Welcomes Jenni Cialdini, CSW, As Client Care Manager »

April 09, 2014 at 9:21AM PDT | Source: Home Care Assistance

Whitefish Bay, WI (PRWEB) April 09, 2014 - Home Care Assistance of Wisconsin, a leading provider of in-home care for seniors, is proud to welcome Jenni Cialdini as the office's new Client Care Manager. Jenni will play an integral role in ensuring quality in-home assistance is provided to the company's clients throughout the Metro Milwaukee area. Jenni joins Home Care Assistance after 14 years of experience in the following areas: geriatric care management, rehabilitation and care facilities and senior living options.
"One of the qualities I admire most about Home Care Assistance is the way they treat their clients and their families," said Jenni Cialdini, Client Care Manager for Home Care Assistance Wisconsin. "I am honored to join a team that has the utmost respect of the healthcare community, the general public and the clients and the families they serve...

Famous Brands Appoints Kimberly Aylward General Manager Of Direct-to-Consumer Gifting At Mrs. Fields Cookies »

April 07, 2014 at 5:48AM PDT | Source: Mrs. Fields Cookies

Newly Created Position to Oversee E-Commerce Sales and Brand Marketing Efforts
BROOMFIELD, Colo. - April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Famous Brands International ("Famous Brands"), the parent company of TCBY Yogurt and Mrs. Fields Cookies ("Mrs. Fields"), today announced that it has appointed Kimberly Aylward to the newly created position of General Manager of Direct-to-Consumer Gifting at Mrs. Fields, where she will oversee e-commerce sales and brand marketing efforts. Ms. Aylward has been serving as a Vice President of E-Commerce for Ascena Retail Group, Inc. since 2012, a leading national specialty retailer for women and tweens.
"We are thrilled to welcome Kimberly to the team at Mrs. Fields," said Neal Courtney, Chief Executive Officer of Famous Brands...

WellBiz Brands Names Abby Lee As Chief Marketing Officer »

April 04, 2014 at 11:03AM PDT | Source: WellBiz Brands, Inc.

Parent Company for Elements Massage and Fitness Together Bolsters Leadership Team
April 04, 2014 // // Highlands Ranch, Colo. – WellBiz Brands, Inc., parent company to Elements Massage™ and Fitness Together™, announced the appointment of Abby Lee as the company’s new Chief Marketing Officer.
Lee has a strong background in brand marketing and advertising, most recently serving as the Vice President of Brand Marketing and Sponsorships at RE/MAX where she managed and implemented media and marketing campaigns in more than 100 U.S. markets and coordinated national and local sponsorships. At WellBiz, Lee will be responsible for overseeing marketing initiatives that support new client trial, boost membership and build overall awareness for both brands...

Liquid Nutrition Board Of Directors Appointment »

April 03, 2014 at 4:58AM PDT | Source: Liquid Nutrition

MONTREAL, QUEBEC - (Marketwired - April 2, 2014) - Liquid Nutrition Group Inc. (TSX VENTURE:LQD) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Johanne Brunet, Ph.D., to its Board of Directors effective immediately.
"Liquid Nutrition is a strong brand with important growth potential. This brand meets the expectations of consumers in search of a dynamic and healthy lifestyle. I am very pleased to be joining such a dedicated and vibrant team," said Johanne Brunet.
Johanne Brunet is an associate professor and the Chair of the Department of Marketing at HEC Montréal. She teaches executives, EMBA and MBA students. She is co-director of the Catalytic Mindset of the EMBA McGill -HEC Montreal. Her research interests lie in innovation, creativity, international marketing, strategic alliances and cultural industries as well as performance measurement and indicators...

Outdoor Living Brands Names New Vice President & Overall Leader For Its Mosquito Squad Franchise Business »

April 02, 2014 at 11:39AM PDT | Source: Mosquito Squad
Mosquito Squad Opportunities Available

RICHMOND, Va. - April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Outdoor Living Brands has named Rob White to the position of vice president, Mosquito Squad. The announcement was made by Chris Grandpre, chairman & CEO of the firm.
Outdoor Living Brands is the nation's largest franchisor of outdoor lifestyle brands. Its Mosquito Squad business specializes in eliminating mosquitoes, ticks and other outdoor pests so homeowners can enjoy their yards, outdoor events and outdoor living spaces. With over 150 locations and more slated to open this spring, the company has been recognized as one of the country's fastest growing franchise concepts in 2013, 2012 and 2011 by INC. Magazine.
As vice president and leader of the Mosquito Squad division, White will oversee the team responsible for franchisee operational support and new franchise development, a role previously held by Boyd Huneycutt, co-founder of the Mosquito Squad concept...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Appoints Achim Lenders To Oversee Global Food And Beverage Strategy »

April 02, 2014 at 4:17AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

STAMFORD, Conn. - April 1, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that Achim Lenders, an industry veteran with 30 years of experience, has joined the company as Vice President, Global Food and Beverage. Lenders, who most recently served as Corporate Senior Vice President of Food and Beverage for Hyatt Hotels Corporation, will oversee the alignment and development of Starwood's multi-billion dollar global food and beverage strategy, reporting to John Peyton, Senior Vice President of Global Initiatives.
In his new role, Lenders will lead the creation and execution of strategies to enhance Starwood's critically acclaimed restaurant, bar and banquet operations across nearly 1300 restaurants and 930 bars in 100 countries...

David Tucci Joins EXIT Realty In Concord »

April 01, 2014 at 11:58AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Concord, NH (Grassroots Newswire) March 28, 2014 - David Tucci joined EXIT Realty Great Beginnings in Concord.
"We're excited to welcome David to EXIT Realty," says Kathleen Ahlin, Broker/Owner of EXIT Realty Great Beginnings. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like David each and every day."
"I have worked in Real Estate since 2007, starting with a firm in Hillsboro, NH where I helped many people reach their goals, whether it was buying or selling. I look forward to working with EXIT Realty Great Beginnings in Concord and helping many more find their dream of home ownership" commented David.
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...

Christine Springer Joins EXIT Realty In Concord »

April 01, 2014 at 7:44AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Concord, NH (Grassroots Newswire) March 28, 2014 - Christine Springer joined EXIT Realty Great Beginnings in Concord.
"We're excited to welcome Christine to EXIT Realty," says Kathleen Ahlin, Broker/Owner of EXIT Realty Great Beginnings. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Christine each and every day."
Christine is an experienced agent that has been a Realtor for over 5 years. She lives in Bristol, NH with her 2 children.
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...

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