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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.

New EXIT Agents »

April 24, 2014 at 4:36AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Montgomery, AL (Grassroots Newswire) April 21, 2014 - EXIT Hodges Real Estate has ten new agents and counting! We are so excited to welcome them to our team of EXcellent agents. Each individual brings different characteristics to our team and as a whole they are unstoppable. Each agent is very hard working and determined to make you happy. Our new agents Ruthie Allums, Anna Cox, Kathy Dooley, Jachala Ezell, Bobby Hall, Randy Kinman, Jenny Motyka, Laura Selmon, Towannah Smith, and DeeDra Wheeler are very eager to sell or help you purchase a home today!
About EXIT Hodges Real Estate
For more information about EXIT Hodges Real Estate, please call 334-280-2033. EXIT Hodges Real Estate is located at 1065 N. Eastern Blvd.
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Michael L. Walker Appointed General Manager DoubleTree By Hilton Houston Downtown »

April 23, 2014 at 6:24AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

April 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Houston, TX. – Michael L. Walker has been named general manager of the 350-room DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Downtown conveniently located in the heart of the downtown business and financial district, according to Ted Ratcliff, senior vice president operation eastern region for Hilton Worldwide. Effective immediately, Walker will oversee the day-to-day operations of the hotel which is connected to the Allen Center and is within walking distance to the theater and entertainment district.
Walker's background includes experience in all operations, revenue management, food and beverage and sales with over 20 years management experience in full service, upscale, branded properties. A results-focused and effectual leader with a proven ability to immediately impact market penetration index, profitability and guest and team member satisfaction ratings, Walker most recently held the position of general manager of Hilton New Orleans Airport, a position he held since 2008...

Stacey Greenless Joins EXIT Realty In Cheboygan »

April 23, 2014 at 5:44AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Cheboygan, MI (Grassroots Newswire) April 18, 2014 - Stacey Greenless joined EXIT Realty Premier in Cheboygan. "We're excited to welcome Stacey to EXIT Realty," says Roger Kopernik, Broker/Owner of EXIT Realty Premier. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Stacey each and every day."
Stacey has lived in Northern Michigan most of her life and is a mother of three wonderful children. She has 6 years of real estate experience and over 11 years of excellent customer service.
"I am honored to be working for EXIT Realty Premier. Please consider me for any and all of your real estate needs." - Stacey Greenless, Realtor at EXIT Realty Premier.
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...

Taco Bell Foundation For Teens™ Has A New Team Of Celebrity Ambassadors, Ready To Inspire And Enable Teens To Achieve Más! »

April 23, 2014 at 5:28AM PDT | Source: Taco Bell
Taco Bell Opportunities Available

Reggie Bush, Young the Giant, Megan Nicole and Tyler Oakley Join the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens to Connect & Encourage One Million Teens to Graduate High School
April 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Irvine, Calif. – Today, the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens™ introduces itspowerful team of four new ambassadors to help raise awareness for the high school dropout crisis today's young people face, and to connect with teens in new ways that inspire them on their path to educational and personal success. To reach teens where they are and through the personalities they know and love, the lineup includes professional football star Reggie Bush, rising pop star Megan Nicole, Feed the Beat® band Young the Giant, and YouTube personality Tyler Oakley...

Jay R. Campbell Appointed General Manager Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort »

April 23, 2014 at 5:22AM PDT | Source: Hilton Hotels & Resorts

April 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Clearwater Beach, Fla. - Jay R. Campbell has been named general manager of the 416-room Hilton Clearwater Beach resort nestled on 10 acres of white-sand coastline in Clearwater Beach, Florida, according to Ted Ratcliff, senior vice president operations, US eastern region. Campbell will oversee the day-to-day operations of the hotel which is centrally located near two major airports; Tampa International Airport (TIA) and St. Petersburg/Clearwater International (PIE), next door to Pier 60 and within walking distance to the Beach’s best restaurants and shopping. He will assume his new post, effective immediately. He most recently held the position of general manager of Hiltons of Branson.
Campbell brings over 30 years of leadership experience in hotel management, finance and operations...

Hard Rock International Announces Marco Roca Executive Vice President/Chief Development Officer, Hotels »

April 22, 2014 at 9:13AM PDT | Source: Hard Rock

ORLANDO, Fla., April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Hard Rock – one of the world's most-recognizable and iconic brands – announces Marco Roca as EVP of Hotel Development for Hard Rock International worldwide. Roca's appointment is a strategic move designed to further fuel the brand's aggressive development activity and expansion prospects.
"Hard Rock International's expansion strategy is of utmost priority, the dividends of these efforts are on display today as we have hotels currently under construction in Ibiza, Abu Dhabi, Shenzhen and Haikou. Continuing this growth course demands a dynamic and knowledgeable individual who can help drive the momentum behind our hotel game-plan. Roca's diverse experience aligns with this strategy and will be instrumental in growing our hotel portfolio," says Hamish Dodds, chief executive officer, Hard Rock International...

Westin Hotels Welcomes Arianna Huffington To Newly-Launched Westin Well-Being Council »

April 22, 2014 at 6:52AM PDT | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

Award-Winning Media Mogul Joins Forces with Global Hotel Chain to Help Guests 'Work Well' as Part of The Westin Well-being Movement
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 22, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - On the heels of the recent launch of its global Westin Well-being Movement, Westin Hotels & Resorts is proud to announce the addition of Arianna Huffington to the Movement's Well-being Council. The Well-being Movement is an ambitious $15 million campaign designed to enhance the well-being of guests and associates around the world, and Huffington's role on the Council will be to serve as the expert on all things pertaining to the hotel brand's Work Well pillar. Huffington joins fellow Council member Andy Puddicombe, Headspace co-founder and meditation expert, who was appointed ambassador of the Feel Well pillar as part of the campaign's launch last month...

BlueFrog Plumbing + Drain™ Announces New Franchise Consultant »

April 21, 2014 at 4:39AM PDT | Source: BlueFrog Plumbing + Drain

Tempe, AZ (PRWEB) April 18, 2014 - BlueFrog Plumbing + Drain™, a new franchise opportunity that focuses on plumbing and drain-cleaning services for both residential and commercial clients across North America, today announced the appointment of Jack Pruitt as Franchise Consultant.
"Jack is a key addition in our mission to build the premier franchise plumbing service company in North America," said Jeff Moody, Vice President of Operations for BlueFrog Plumbing + Drain™. "I've worked with and known Jack for many years, and our franchise partners will greatly benefit from Jack's extensive experience in franchising and the plumbing service industry. We welcome him to our growing operational support team."
An accomplished executive, Pruitt has more than 20 years within the franchise industry, including ownership of four franchises...

Derek Kirk Joins Hurricane Grill & Wings Executive Team »

April 17, 2014 at 8:51AM PDT | Source: Hurricane Grill & Wings

April 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // WEST PALM BEACH, FLA – Franchise restaurant Hurricane Grill & Wing, announced today that Derek Kirk has joined the brand's executive team as Chief Marketing Officer. As Hurricane Grill & Wings continues to rapidly expand, Kirk will craft a unique and compelling brand position and marketing strategy for the tropical full-service brand known for its more than 35 flavors of sauces and rubs.
With more than 15 years of marketing experience in the restaurant industry, Kirk began his career with Darden Restaurants working in various roles on the Olive Garden and Smokey Bones brands. Most recently, he served as President of Bella Marketing Consulting and prior to that, interim Vice President of Marketing for Smokey Bones and Vice President of Marketing for Chevys Fresh Mex...

Denise Greene Joins EXIT Realty In Washington, DC »

April 17, 2014 at 8:50AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Washington, DC, District of Columbia (Grassroots Newswire) April 14, 2014 -- Denise Greene joined EXIT Elite Realty in Washington, DC.  "We're excited to welcome Denise to EXIT Realty," says Koy Banks, Broker/Owner of EXIT Elite Realty. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Denise each and every day."
Denise Greene moved to Washington, DC from Florida in 2010 and was immediately captivated by the city's charm and rich history. Prior to working with EXIT Elite Realty, she worked in public accounting in assurance services, both private and public sectors including contract work with the FDIC. Denise is a CPA, an avid runner, loves traveling and gives back to her community through her continuous work with the Junior League of Washington...

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 // Franchising.com // 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 // Franchising.com // 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 // Franchising.com // 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
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April 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // 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...



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