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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.

First New CEO Announced In Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies 30 Year History »

December 18, 2014 at 11:06AM PST | Source: Kids 'R' Kids

David Vinson takes the Helm as President and CEO of Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies; Charts Course for Franchise Growth with New Executive Appointments
December 18, 2014 // // DULUTH, Ga. - Today, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies announced David Vinson assumed the role of president and CEO of Kids 'R' Kids International, Inc. - a move aligned with the company's progressive vision and ongoing commitment to provide industry-leading early childhood education programs and facilities.
The announcement is part of a larger strategy developed alongside franchisees and partners to determine a refreshed direction for the company and strengthen the executive leadership team as the franchise celebrates 30 years of excellence and expands internationally...

Krispy Kreme Announces Jim Morgan To Transition To Non-Executive Chairman »

December 17, 2014 at 10:57AM PST | Source: Krispy Kreme

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 17, 2014-- Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE:KKD) announced today that James H. Morgan, age 67, will transition from Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company to non-executive Chairman effective January 29, 2015.
Mr. Morgan served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from January 2008 until June 2014. He has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since 2000 and has served as Chairman of the Board since 2005.
As part of its executive succession plan, the Company appointed Tony Thompson as its new President and Chief Executive Officer effective June 1, 2014, at which time Mr. Morgan became Executive Chairman. Mr. Morgan’s transition to non-executive Chairman completes the succession plan...

Krispy Kreme Elects Tim E. Bentsen To Board Of Directors »

December 16, 2014 at 9:06AM PST | Source: Krispy Kreme

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 16, 2014-- Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) announced today that Tim E. Bentsen has joined the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Bentsen also was appointed to the Company's Audit Committee.
Mr. Bentsen is a former audit partner and practice leader of KPMG LLP, a U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm. Over his 37 years with KPMG, he served as an audit partner for financial, technology, and other public companies and served in a variety of leadership roles, including Southeast Area Managing Partner and Atlanta office Managing Partner. Mr. Bentsen also served on national leadership teams for the financial services and audit practice as well as on the firm's national Operations Committee...

RE/MAX Holdings Announces CEO Transition »

December 12, 2014 at 11:18AM PST | Source: RE/MAX

DENVER, Dec. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (the "Company" or "RE/MAX") (NYSE: RMAX), today announced that Margaret Kelly has decided to retire from her position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and resign from the Board of Directors. The RE/MAX Board of Directors elected Dave Liniger, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder, to the position of CEO. The changes are effective December 31, 2014.
"I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the RE/MAX team over the last 28 years and honored to have led the company for the last nine years," said Ms. Kelly. "RE/MAX has grown into one of the largest real estate franchise networks in the world due to the perseverance and commitment of our brokers and agents, who are passionate about helping their clients achieve their real estate goals...

Realogy Appoints Sherry M. Smith To Its Board Of Directors »

December 11, 2014 at 11:11AM PST | Source: Realogy Corporation

Former Chief Financial Officer of SuperValu Inc. Appointed as Independent Board Member
MADISON, N.J., Dec. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services, today announced the appointment of Sherry M. Smith to its Board of Directors and a member of its Audit Committee. The Board also designated Ms. Smith as an "audit committee financial expert," a designation that has been made for all four members of the Realogy Audit Committee.
Most recently, Ms. Smith served as chief financial officer and executive vice president of SuperValu Inc. (NYSE: SVU), a $17 billion grocery retailer and food distributor headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where she played a critical leadership role in finance and related functions, including strategic initiatives, acquisitions and business transformation activities...

Realogy Appoints Sherry M. Smith To Its Board Of Directors »

December 10, 2014 at 10:02AM PST | Source: Realogy Corporation

Former Chief Financial Officer of SuperValu Inc. Appointed as Independent Board Member
MADISON, N.J. - Dec. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services, today announced the appointment of Sherry M. Smith to its Board of Directors and a member of its Audit Committee. The Board also designated Ms. Smith as an "audit committee financial expert," a designation that has been made for all four members of the Realogy Audit Committee.
Most recently, Ms. Smith served as chief financial officer and executive vice president of SuperValu Inc. (NYSE: SVU), a $17 billion grocery retailer and food distributor headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where she played a critical leadership role in finance and related functions, including strategic initiatives, acquisitions and business transformation activities...

J.D. Byrider Adds Franchise-industry Veteran Greg Tanner To Its Team »

December 09, 2014 at 9:09AM PST | Source: J.D. Byrider

December 09, 2014 // // Carmel, Ind. - J.D. Byrider Systems, Inc., is pleased to announce Greg Tanner, co-founder of the Tanner Franchise Group, Inc., has joined the company as an advisor. Tanner, who recently retired after nearly 13 years as the national director-franchising for Aaron's, Inc., will work closely with J.D. Byrider's executive leadership to strengthen its brand and to elevate the company to the next level in the franchise industry.
"Greg's experience serving in multiple roles in the franchise industry over the past four decades will help us enhance various initiatives, including identifying new franchisees for the company," said Jack Humbert, vice president franchise sales - finance. "We have implemented several new marketing strategies and initiatives to help not only our brand grow, but also our franchisees...

Project Pie Names Industry Veteran Peter Wright To VP Of Franchise Development »

December 09, 2014 at 5:32AM PST | Source: Project Pie

Former McAlister's Deli Executive Joins Fast-Casual Pizza Brand
CARLSBAD, Calif. - December 08, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Project Pie, the fast-growing franchise known for its "everyday artisan pizza custom built by you," has named former McAlister's Deli executive Peter Wright as its Vice President of Franchise Development. Wright joins the leadership team tasked with driving continued franchise growth and sales for the cutting-edge pizza brand.
The addition of Wright brings more than 15 years of foodservice experience to Project Pie, bolstering the brand's stature among pizza franchises nationwide. As Vice President of Franchise Development, Wright will spearhead growth in new markets, support existing franchisees and identify new franchise partners who fit with the unique vision of the Project Pie brand...

Brinker International Names Scarlett May As Senior Vice President, General Counsel And Secretary »

December 09, 2014 at 4:46AM PST | Source: Brinker International

DALLAS - Dec. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) announced today that Scarlett May has been named Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the company, effective Dec. 15, 2014.
Scarlett is a restaurant industry veteran with an extensive background in the casual dining space. She most recently served as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary for Ruby Tuesday, Inc., which owns or franchises 749 Ruby Tuesday brand restaurants and 27 Lime Fresh brand restaurants.
About Brinker International, Inc.
Brinker International, Inc. is one of the world's leading casual dining restaurant companies. Founded in 1975 and based in Dallas, Texas, as of Sept. 24, 2014, Brinker owned, operated, or franchised 1,622 restaurants under the names Chili's® Grill & Bar (1,574 restaurants) and Maggiano's Little Italy® (48 restaurants)...

Management Recruiters Of Janesville Takes On New Leadership And Expands Its Capabilities »

December 08, 2014 at 6:34AM PST | Source: MRINetwork

December 05, 2014 // // Janesville, WI – Executive search firm, Management Recruiters of Janesville, announced that it is expanding its market capabilities through a new leadership agreement between long-time owner, Carroll Smith and recruiter Michele Davis. Davis is taking over as the new owner and will assume management responsibilities from Smith, who will remain on board as a seasoned recruiter. Management Recruiters of Janesville is an affiliate of MRINetwork, one of the largest executive search and recruitment organizations in the world.
"Under Carroll’s leadership, we have been pursuing our mission to provide our clients with the best possible talent for 25 years," says Davis. "With the return to a robust economy, we are implementing plans to build on that foundation and further our growth and profitability...

Outdoor Living Brands Welcomes Victoria Brox To Their World Class Franchise Development Team »

December 08, 2014 at 4:07AM PST | Source: Renew Crew
Renew Crew Opportunities Available

Outdoor Living Brands expands their franchise development team by hiring seasoned franchise professional Victoria Brox.
Richmond, VA (PRWEB) December 06, 2014 - Outdoor Living Brands, home to award winning franchise opportunities, Archadeck Outdoor Living, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, Mosquito Squad and Renew Crew, announced Monday, December 1st that they have welcomed Victoria Brox to their franchise development team.
"Victoria is a seasoned franchise development professional with an impressive track record in the franchising industry. We are excited to see her assist our efforts to grow and develop the Renew Crew brand with our franchise development team in the coming year," stated Scott Zide, Chief Operating Officer at Outdoor Living Brands...

Taco Bell® Appoints New Leadership Positions For Domestic And International Growth »

December 05, 2014 at 9:09AM PST | Source: Taco Bell
Taco Bell Opportunities Available

December 05, 2014 // // IRVINE, Calif. - Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), announced several strategic leadership changes to support domestic and international expansion as part of its plan to become a $14 billion brand by 2022. Domestically, Taco Bell plans to add 2,000 restaurants by 2022, while adding 1,300 restaurants and an additional $2 billion in system sales internationally by 2023.
"In addition to our focus on innovation, new daypart expansion and delivering world class operations, another key element to our growth strategy includes focusing on restaurant development both domestically and globally," said Brian Niccol, President, Taco Bell Corp. "This year we will open nearly 200 new restaurants in the U...

United States Beef Corporation, Arby’s Largest Franchisee, Announces Executive Management Changes »

December 05, 2014 at 7:03AM PST | Source: Arby's

December 05, 2014 // // Tulsa, Oklahoma - United States Beef Corporation (US Beef), Arby's largest franchisee, headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, announced several executive management changes that reflects its expansion, and provides leadership continuity to meet its plans for further growth. US Beef's new management team includes one of the most experienced senior management teams in the restaurant industry.
Jeff Davis, co-owner, will transition from his current role as CEO and will serve the organization as its Chairman. Mr. Davis has served US Beef as its CEO since 1995. Mr. Davis started in the Arby's restaurant business with his father, Bob Davis, in 1969. He is also the chairman of the Arby's Franchise Association, and will be taking on additional responsibilities in 2015 with the National Restaurant Association (NRA), the largest food service trade association in the world...

Erica Nasby Comes To California! »

December 03, 2014 at 8:37AM PST | Source: EXIT Realty

Erica Nasby Brings Door Knocking to Southern California!
Ontario, California (Grassroots Newswire) November 26, 2014 - Southern California is pleased to announce that nationally renowned speaker, Erica Nasby, headlined Erica Nasby's Door Knocking Event in Ontario on November 17th and 18th.
"Erica Nasby, international speaker, top producing trainer and coach, shows agents and brokers a simple system that works perfectly in today's real estate market."
Nasby shared interesting insights and proven tactics regarding the past, present, and future of the real estate industry. "The Field Day Workshop is a unique two day learning experience teaching the concept of earning a six-figure income by working smarter, not harder."
"We're excited to host this event...

John Brisco Named President Of International For Roma Systems, Inc. »

December 03, 2014 at 8:30AM PST | Source: Tony Roma's

He will now lead the brand's international franchise business in addition to his current role.
ORLANDO, Fla. (PRWEB) December 02, 2014 - Romacorp, Inc., the parent company of Tony Roma's, announced today that John Brisco has been named President of International for Roma Systems, Inc., the brand's international franchise business. Brisco, who has more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, will continue to report to Ken Myres, President Romacorp, Inc., and lead all international franchising and business operations outside of Canada and the Caribbean.
"Since John's start at Romacorp in 2013, he has significantly impacted the brand's international growth through the establishment of new franchise partners," remarked Ken Myres, president of Romacorp, Inc...

La Quinta Holdings Inc. Announces Board Appointment »

December 03, 2014 at 4:51AM PST | Source: La Quinta Inn

Mit Shah Appointed Chairman
IRVING, Texas - Dec. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - La Quinta Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LQ) today announced that Mit Shah has been appointed as Chairman of the Board.
"Mr. Shah has been an extremely valuable member of the Board, and we look forward to his leadership as Chairman," commented Wayne B. Goldberg, President & Chief Executive Officer of La Quinta. "He has significant expertise in the lodging industry and we are excited to further benefit from his experience and insights."
Mit Shah has served on the boards of directors of La Quinta and its predecessor entities since 2013. Mr. Shah currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Senior Managing Principal of Noble Investment Group, which he founded in 1993 and which specializes in making opportunistic investments in the lodging and hospitality real estate sector...

Dan O'Byrne Joins EXIT Realty In Jacksonville »

December 03, 2014 at 4:50AM PST | Source: EXIT Realty

Jacksonville, Florida (Grassroots Newswire) November 26, 2014 -- EXIT 1 Stop Realty in Jacksonville today announced the addition of Dan O'Byrne to its team of real estate professionals.
"We're excited to welcome Dan to EXIT Realty," says Walter Collins, Owner of EXIT 1 Stop Realty. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Dan each and every day."
Dan O'Byrne brings 35 years of Business and Community Development experience to his position as Realtor with EXIT 1 Stop Realty in beautiful Northeast Florida. He's learned that the practice of real estate is fundamentally about serving people. Success comes from earning your interest, your business, and your trust every single day; and, from helping you accomplish your long term financial objectives for yourself, your family, your business, your career, and your community...

First-Time Franchisees Assume Ownership Of Hawaii Valpak Territory »

December 03, 2014 at 4:04AM PST | Source: Valpak
Valpak Opportunities Available

Local Entrepreneurs Bring Savings to Businesses and Residents in The Aloha State 
December 03, 2014 // // LARGO, FL - Valpak, a leader in local print and digital coupons, announced today that Mark Weisbrod and Kala Kos have acquired the existing Valpak of Hawaii territory. With this territory, Valpak’s signature blue envelope will now mail to nearly 220,000 households on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
"Kala and I are thrilled to be joining the Valpak team, as we’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit," said Weisbrod, Valpak of Hawaii franchisee. "After learning about Valpak’s suite of digital and print products, I knew this was the perfect opportunity for us. We look forward to partnering with local businesses to help them grow their business, and serving the community by offering consumers savings through Valpak...

Hard Rock International Names Michael Beacham Sr. Vice President And Chief Operating Officer Of Corporate Cafes »

December 03, 2014 at 3:51AM PST | Source: Hard Rock

Antonio Bautista Promoted to Sr. Vice President of Franchise Operations & Development
ORLANDO, Fla., November 25, 2014 – Hard Rock International, owner of one of the world’s most recognizable and iconic brands, today announced that Michael Beacham has been named Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Corporate Cafes. Antonio Bautista has been promoted to Sr. Vice President of Franchise Operations & Development to backfill Michael Beacham.
"Both Michael and Antonio are valued members of our Hard Rock International team and I am very pleased with these two internal appointments. For the past three years, Michael was vital in expanding the brand’s franchise business, and we look forward to him bringing that same expertise, enthusiasm and business acumen in leading our company units as we continue to grow our brand," said Hamish Dodds, President and CEO of Hard Rock International, commenting on the promotions...

McAlister's Deli® Names Carin Stutz As President »

December 01, 2014 at 9:16AM PST | Source: McAlister's Deli
McAlister's Deli Opportunities Available

ALPHARETTA, Ga. - Dec. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - McAlister's Deli has named Carin Stutz President effective November 17, 2014. McAlister's Deli is a fast-casual deli concept with more than 330 restaurants in more than 24 states.
"Carin's vast experience in building great teams, creating brand differentiation, driving operations and delivering results make her an ideal candidate for the position," said FOCUS Brands CEO Steve DeSutter. "I feel confident that McAlister's will continue to thrive under her leadership and industry expertise."
Most recently Carin served as President and CEO of Cosi, a fast casual restaurant chain that's known for its crackly crust flatbread. Prior to that she was President, Global Business Development at Brinker International, the parent company of Chili's Bar & Grill and Maggiano's; Executive Vice President of Operations for Applebee's; and Division Vice President of Wendy's International...

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