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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.

Hyatt Configures Organization For Increased Adaptability And Effectiveness »

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

July 21, 2014 // // 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 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 // // 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 // // 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 // // 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...

CKE Restaurants Promotes Lyerly To International Division President »

July 15, 2014 at 5:50AM PDT | Source: CKE Restaurants

July 9, 2014 // // CARPINTERIA, Calif. – CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. ("CKE"), parent company of Carl's Jr.® and Hardee's® restaurant chains, announced the promotion of Ned Lyerly to president of its international division.
"Demonstrating equal parts diplomacy, business savvy and sheer determination, Ned personifies our company's commitment to our franchise partners and the growth of our system," said CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. CEO, Andrew F. Puzder. "Under Ned's leadership, the international division has doubled in the past five years and, for the past three years, 63 percent of our new restaurant development has occurred in international markets. The elevation of Ned to this new position further demonstrates our commitment to the international side of our business...

The Melting Pot Hires Accomplished New York City Chef To Lead Culinary Development »

July 14, 2014 at 4:48AM PDT | Source: Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., The

TAMPA, Fla. - July 14, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., the world's premier fondue restaurant franchise and a leading polished casual dining franchise has hired Chef Jason Miller to lead culinary development for its more than 135 restaurants in North America.
"Chef Miller's impressive culinary leadership background, creativity and passion for creating memorable dining experiences make him a perfect choice to guide culinary development for The Melting Pot," said Mike Lester, president of The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. "I'm confident that Chef Miller's innovative culinary skills and collaborative spirit will help to elevate The Melting Pot's unique dining experience to a new level."
Miller joins The Melting Pot with more than 22 years of experience in the restaurant industry...

Project Pie Adds Seasoned Franchise Executives To Leadership Team »

July 11, 2014 at 7:29AM PDT | Source: Project Pie

Former Jack in the Box, Pei Wei Asian Diner Leaders Join Fast-Casual Pizza Brand
CARLSBAD, Calif. - July 10, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Project Pie, the fast-growing build-your-own-pizza franchise, has named two experienced restaurant executives to its leadership team, bolstering the brand's stature among fast-casual pizza franchises nationwide.
Brian Watkins now serves as Project Pie's Director of Operations. Watkins has worked more than 25 years in the restaurant industry, the past 12 of which were spent at Pei Wei Asian Diner in Southern California. As a partner with Pei Wei, he oversaw eight top-performing restaurants in the San Diego/Orange County market by maintaining guests and supervising staff through superior operations and marketing strategies...

School Of Rock Appoints New CEO Dzana Homan To Meet Growing Demand For Quality Music Education »

July 11, 2014 at 5:27AM PDT | Source: School of Rock

Sterling Partners Portfolio Company Expected to Expand Programs, Services and Schools in the United States and Abroad
CHICAGO - July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - School of Rock, the national leader in performance-based music education, and its growth equity partner, Sterling Partners, announced today the appointment of Dzana Homan as the company's new Chief Executive Officer. Homan will lead School of Rock into its next phase of growth by leveraging her extensive career leading large franchise organizations, her experience as a franchisee, and her musical background. She will focus on expanding the company's global footprint, introducing new programs and services and forming industry partnerships to provide current and future students of all ages with additional instructional and performance-oriented music education opportunities...

Cosi® Hires Scott Carlock As Chief Financial Officer »

July 11, 2014 at 4:04AM PDT | Source: Così

The company strengthens its management ranks with a top industry veteran.
July 11, 2014 // // Boston, MA - Cosi, Inc. (NASDAQ: COSI), the fast-casual restaurant company, announced that it has hired Scott Carlock as Chief Financial Officer.
Carlock, 46, joins Cosi from quick-service restaurant leader Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) where he has been employed for the past 13 years. He has held several senior finance and accounting roles with Yum! Brands, including Senior Manager of Finance for KFC US, Business Unit Controller and Senior Manager of KFC and Long John Silver, Associate Manager of SEC Reporting, and most recently, Tax Controller and Director where he led global tax planning and reporting.
In total, Carlock has over 20 years of professional finance and accounting experience, nearly all of which have been with publicly-traded companies, and includes more than 13 years in the restaurant industry...

Intero Real Estate Services Inc, Announces New Leadership Within The San Francisco Peninsula Region »

July 10, 2014 at 7:38AM PDT | Source: Intero Real Estate Services

Intero welcome's Dave Hobson to the San Francisco Peninsula team.
Cupertino, CA (PRWEB) July 09, 2014 - Intero Real Estate Services, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., announced a number of leadership changes that will further advance the company’s growth strategies. Effective immediately, Dave Hobson, former VP/Sales Manager of McGuire Real Estate’s Peninsula Office, assumes the role as VP and Managing Officer of the Intero San Mateo Office. Hobson replaces Larry Klapow, who will be transferring to the Intero Saratoga Office as Tom Tognoli moves into this new role as CEO.
In addition, Alain Pinel, who is General Manager of Intero Prestigio International and currently manages the Woodside and Menlo Park offices, will now oversee the growth of the Peninsula region in San Mateo, San Carlos, Woodside, Menlo Park and any new upcoming locations...

Rent-A-Center Names Aubyn Thomas Vice President Of Marketing »

July 10, 2014 at 6:51AM PDT | Source: Rent-A-Center

PLANO, Texas - July 09, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ/NGS:RCII), the nation’s largest rent-to-own operator, today announced the appointment of Aubyn Thomas to vice president of marketing.
Reporting to Rita Bargerhuff, senior vice president and chief customer officer, Thomas is charged with leading a full complement of marketing functions, including the integration of Rent-A-Center’s brand strategy, into all marketing communications. She is responsible for planning and executing traffic-driving campaigns, using both traditional and emerging marketing tools.
With over 15 years of leadership experience in brand strategy and customer-relationship management, Thomas recently served as vice president of consumer marketing at Lowe’s Home Improvement where she was responsible for delivery of all consumer and professional marketing programs, including the installation of a new customer relationship management (CRM) campaign-management system with seven new CRM programs...

Former Starbucks Executives To Lead Management Team At The Joint Corp. »

July 10, 2014 at 6:42AM PDT | Source: The Joint...the chiropractic place

John B. Richards and David Orwasher to Accelerate Growth of Game-Changing Healthcare Franchisor
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Joint Corp., a national franchisor that is transforming chiropractic care, announced that two new executives with impressive retail service pedigrees who previously helped catapult Starbucks' sales from $400 million to $2.5 billion will lead the organization and facilitate its rapid expansion.
John B. Richards, former President of North American Operations for the Starbucks Coffee Company and a current board member and advisor to The Joint Corp., has been named its Chief Executive Officer. Richards has more than 25 years of experience growing market share for prominent companies including Four Seasons Hotels and Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas...

Matrix Strength And Fitness Under New Owner, Same Great Product »

July 10, 2014 at 5:49AM PDT | Source: WellBiz Brands, Inc.

Exciting times in Wilmington, MA Studio
Wilmington, MA - July 09, 2014 - ( - Matrix Strength and Fitness was purchased by Brendan Stapleton, who owns 2 local Fitness Together studios. The combination of the great existing product of Matrix with the Fitness Together will make this facility a must for all Wilmington residents.
Brendan Stapleton has purchased Matrix Strength & Fitness located at 10 Upton Drive #7 Wilmington, MA 01887. Brendan and the experienced Matrix staff will continue to offer Boot Camps, Sports Athletic Training Services and the other services associated with Matrix as well as strengthening the Small Group, One on One Training and meeting the personal goals of its clients with nutritional services and lifestyle changes that Fitness Together is most known for...

Mark Kartarik Named President Of Sport Clips Haircuts »

July 10, 2014 at 5:45AM PDT | Source: Sport Clips, Inc.

Recognized Industry Executive Joins Nation's Leading Provider of Men's and Boys' Hair Care
July 10, 2014 // // GEORGETOWN, Texas – Salon industry leader Mark Kartarik has been named president of Sport Clips Haircuts effective August 1 by founder and CEO Gordon Logan. Kartarik comes to the nation's leading men's and boys' hair care franchise after a long, established career as a top executive with Minneapolis-based Regis Corporation. For more than 20 years, Kartarik saw Regis through its major global expansion, most recently serving as executive vice president. Kartarik also served as president of Regis' Franchise Division for the Supercuts, Cost Cutters, ProCuts, First Choice Haircutter, Magicuts, City Looks and We Care Hair brands...

Cosi Engages David Lloyd As Consultant »

July 09, 2014 at 4:00AM PDT | Source: Così

Moving Cosi Forward
July 09, 2014 // // Boston, MA - Cosi, Inc. (NASDAQ: COSI), the fast-casual restaurant company, announced the engagement of David Lloyd as a financial consultant. The former CEO/CFO of Bertucci's Lloyd has been engaged to work with management as they transition the corporate office to Boston and set the course for the financial team. "David is a veteran CFO and will be a tremendous asset as we complete the Boston transition and prepare Cosi for the future" said RJ Dourney, President and CEO of Cosi. Dourney went on to say "we are building an outstanding team here in Boston and we are confident David will be key to moving Cosi forward".
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