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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.

Rent-A-Center Names Ralph Hodges Divisonal Vice President »

February 27, 2015 at 4:26AM PST | Source: Rent-A-Center

PLANO, Texas - February 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ/NGS:RCII), the nation’s largest rent-to-own operator, today announced the appointment of Ralph Hodges to divisional vice president.
Reporting to Jeff White, executive vice president, Hodges is charged with overseeing 500 locations in the Company’s midwest division.
With over 17 years of operations leadership experience within the financial-services and retail industries, Hodges most recently served as divisional vice president at Axcess Financial, the affiliates of which include Check n’ Go, Allied Cash Advance, Cheque Centre and Cash Generator. While with the company, he directly led 400 stores and over 1200 team members.
"We are delighted to have Ralph join our leadership team at RAC," said White...

Home Care Assistance Of St. Louis Welcomes Mark B. Rogers, BSBA, As Director Of Business Development »

February 26, 2015 at 8:31AM PST | Source: Home Care Assistance

Mark B. Rogers joins Home Care Assistance in a period of incredible growth to further develop company programs such as Hospital to Home Care and the Cognitive Therapeutics Method™
St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) February 26, 2015 - Home Care Assistance of St Louis, a leading provider of in-home care for seniors, welcomes Mark B. Rogers, as the new Director of Business Development. Mark will play an integral role in developing key partnerships with healthcare and senior care professionals across the greater St. Louis area. His role will be focused on growing company programs such as Hospital to Home Care and the Cognitive Therapeutics Method™, an innovative approach to in-home dementia care, in addition to Home Care Assistance’s core in-home assisted living services...

Five Star Painting COO, Phillips, Obtains Franchise Executive Designation »

February 25, 2015 at 11:33AM PST | Source: Five Star Painting Inc.

Certified Franchise Executive Designees Honored at International Franchise Association Convention
WACO, Texas (PRWEB) February 25, 2015 - Matt Phillips, chief operations officer for Five Star Painting, one of the fastest growing residential and light commercial painting companies in North America , and a subsidiary of global franchise company, The Dwyer Group, has earned his Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) designation.
The three-year program is a comprehensive course of study in franchise management offered by the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives (ICFE), an academic branch of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Educational Foundation. "I have always felt that continuing education is critical to stay current and relevant in our industry, so I knew earning my CFE was a priority," stated Phillips...

Pizza Patrón Promotes Andrew Gamm To Executive Vice President »

February 25, 2015 at 4:20AM PST | Source: Pizza Patron

February 25, 2015 // // DALLAS - Pizza Patrón today announced that it has promoted Andrew Gamm to executive vice president. Gamm will continue to build on the strong momentum created following the brand's strongest year ever in 2014.
"This promotion could be regarded as somewhat overdue. Andrew Gamm has been a trusted colleague of mine for more than 20 years. He possesses intimate knowledge of the brand and is fully vested in its future," said Antonio Swad, CEO of Pizza Patrón. "For many years he has been my personal counsel on difficult decisions regarding Pizza Patrón, and I cannot think of anyone better suited for this position. I am excited to work more closely with him than ever before as we move ahead...

The Wendy's Company Announces Addition Of Mich Mathews-Spradlin To Board Of Directors »

February 25, 2015 at 4:02AM PST | Source: Wendy's

DUBLIN, Ohio - Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) today announced that its Board of Directors has increased the size of the Board from 10 to 11 members and elected Michelle "Mich" Mathews-Spradlin to serve as a director of the Company effective immediately.
The Wendy's Company is the world's third largest quick-service hamburger company. The Wendy's system includes more than 6,500 franchise and Company restaurants in the United States and 27 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. For more information, visit or to her retirement in 2011, Mathews-Spradlin worked at Microsoft Corporation for 18 years, where she served, among other roles, as Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President...

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Announces Andrew Nathan As New Senior Vice President Of Asia Pacific »

February 24, 2015 at 8:00AM PST | Source: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®

In this new role, Nathan will focus on international brand strategy and growth across Asia Pacific markets, including company operations in Singapore and Malaysia
LOS ANGELES - Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is pleased to announce the addition of Andrew Nathan as Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific and member of the executive team. In this newly created role, Nathan will be the primary driver of the company's growth opportunities in Asia, including responsibility for company operations in Singapore and Malaysia. Nathan assumes responsibilities previously held by Victor Sassoon, CEO of Asia Pacific, who continues as a Board member of the company. Nathan will be based in Singapore and report to John Dawson, President and CEO of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®...

Emily Velez Joins EXIT Realty In Riverview »

February 24, 2015 at 5:43AM PST | Source: EXIT Realty

Riverview, Florida (Grassroots Newswire) February 17, 2015 - EXIT Realty Excel in Riverview today announced the addition of Emily Velez to its team of real estate professionals.
"We're excited to welcome Emily to EXIT Realty," says Stephen Hachey, Broker of EXIT Realty Excel. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Emily each and every day."
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. State-of-the-art technology, including the Digital Marketing Strategy, gives EXIT Realty agents the edge in a competitive marketplace...

MaidPro Galvanizes Tech Leadership Position With New COO Hire »

February 19, 2015 at 10:34AM PST | Source: MaidPro

Boston, Ma (PRWEB) February 19, 2015 - MaidPro, a fast-growing franchisor in home-cleaning services, has recruited Christopher Chapman to join the executive team as it's next Chief Operating Officer (COO), underscoring the company's long-term commitment to leading the home cleaning industry with progressive technology and systems for both customers and franchisees.
Chapman is no stranger to MaidPro. Seventeen years ago, he and MaidPro's CEO Mark Kushinsky, co-founded ServiceCEO, a best of breed suite of field service software applications currently used by many of the best service companies around the globe. When ServiceCEO was acquired by SaaS solutions provider Marathon Data Systems in 2011, Chapman continued on as Vice President and Chief Evangelist for the ServiceCEO Division, helping thousands of cleaning companies and 60+ franchise organizations around the world to utilize state-of-the-art technology for improving their performance, efficiency and profitability...

Hilton Worldwide Appoints Tom Potter As Senior Vice President For The Caribbean And Latin America »

February 19, 2015 at 7:48AM PST | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Potter to Lead Operations at Nearly 40 Properties and Oversee Development Pipeline
February 19, 2015 // // MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide announced the appointment of Tom Potter as senior vice president, Caribbean and Latin America. Potter takes the helm of the region's owned and managed portfolio, while playing a key role in the company's ambitious expansion plans throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.
With more than 35 years with Hilton, Potter has had a front row seat to the company's impressive growth in Latin America. In his new role, he is focused on continuing this effort and being a driving force in the region's success.
"Expanding our footprint in Latin America is one of our top priorities and I am committed to working closely with our development partners to keep this momentum going strong," said Potter...

Great Wraps Grill Grows Leadership Team In Preparation For Extensive Growth »

February 19, 2015 at 4:14AM PST | Source: Great Wraps Grill

Fast Casual Restaurant Brand Adds Franchise Development and Operations Expertise
February 19, 2015 // // ATLANTA - With its recent brand enhancements and growth initiatives, Great Wraps Grill, a fast casual restaurant franchise that specializes in healthy, fresh-grilled and flavorable dishes, announces several key moves that further strengthen the brand's already impressive leadership team. The first is the appointment of Spencer Reid as Vice President of Franchise Development. Since coming onboard in late 2014, Reid has already driven franchise interest, and secured expansion agreements in Dallas, Austin and Oklahoma City. In addition to Reid, the Great Wraps has promoted Drew Garverick to Vice President of Operations, with broad responsibility over menu development and ongoing operations...

Kahala Brands Names New Head Of Franchise Development »

February 18, 2015 at 11:52AM PST | Source: Kahala Brands

John Wuycheck joins the company as Senior Vice President
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Feb. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Kahala Brands™ is proud to announce that John Wuycheck has joined the team as the senior vice president of franchise development. Wuycheck has a very robust background in the franchising industry with more than 14 years in the business.
"We are thrilled to have John here to lead our franchise development team," said Jeff Smit, COO of Kahala Brands. "He will work hand-in-hand with our community of area developers to continue to push our brands to the next level. John will be a great asset and we look forward to the future of the company with him on board."
Most recently Wuycheck was with Home Smart, International as their vice president of franchising and prior to that he headed up franchising for such brands as Edible Arrangements®, Seattle's Best Coffee Company® (a subsidiary of Starbucks Corporation) and most notably was with Cold Stone Creamery® from 2001 to 2009, serving the brand for eight years...

Famous Dave's Names Jack Beckman VP, Chief Accounting Officer »

February 18, 2015 at 7:35AM PST | Source: Famous Dave's

MINNEAPOLIS - Feb. 18, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) today announced the appointment of John (Jack) P. Beckman as the Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer effective February 16, 2015.
Jack Beckman has been employed by the Company since 2009, serving as the Assistant Controller from 2009 to 2011, Controller from 2011 to 2013, Director of Finance, Accounting and Audit from 2013 to 2014, and Sr. Director, Chief Accounting Officer from 2014 until his appointment to his current position.
Mr. Beckman is a licensed CPA and earned a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.
About Famous Dave's
Famous Dave's of America, Inc. develops, owns, operates, and franchises restaurants under the Famous Dave's name...

Brightway Insurance Grows Customer Service And Business Analytics Teams »

February 18, 2015 at 5:17AM PST | Source: Brightway Insurance

Adds Depth to Areas Key to Franchisee Growth
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. (PRWEB) February 17, 2015 - Shelonda Prince and David Skinner have joined the Brightway Insurance team in Jacksonville as Customer Service Manager and Business Analytics Project Manager, respectively, the company announced.
Brightway is a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through franchised locations. Key differentiators in the Brightway system are the service provided after the sale by its Service Center, and reports provided by its Business Analytics team that helps each franchisee better understand key metrics and develop plans to grow their agencies as quickly as possible.
Prince brings with her over 15 years of Operations leadership, most recently at NGA Human Resources, where she was responsible for 10 clients...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Makes CEO Change »

February 17, 2015 at 5:24AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

- Frits van Paasschen Resigns as President, CEO and Director
- Starwood Director Adam Aron Appointed CEO on Interim Basis
- Company to Focus on Accelerating Growth and Improving Performance
STAMFORD, Conn. - February 17, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that Frits van Paasschen has resigned by mutual agreement with the Board of Directors as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director. Adam Aron, a Starwood Director since 2006, has been named Chief Executive Officer on an interim basis while the Board conducts a search for a permanent CEO that will include both internal and external candidates. van Paasschen will continue with Starwood as a consultant to assist in the transition...

LED Source Appoints Franchise Industry Veteran Sandy Lechner To Chief Operating Officer Position »

February 17, 2015 at 4:04AM PST | Source: LED Source

Hiring Comes Off the Heels of Multiple LED Source Projects
February 17, 2015 // // Wellington, Florida - LED Source, the world's first franchisor of LED lighting products, announces the introduction of new Chief Operating Officer Sanford (Sandy) Lechner, CFE. Bringing years of experience working within the franchise community, Lechner is joining the company recently named on the Inc. 5000 list of America's fastest-growing companies, its fourth consecutive year on the list.
"I'm proud to be joining LED Source, a forward-thinking company that represents the best that franchising can offer," said Lechner. "LED lighting is better for the environment, better for customers' pocketbooks and better for the look of every room it lights...

Marco's Pizza Names Roderick Sanders As Senior Director Of Learning And Development »

February 12, 2015 at 8:30AM PST | Source: Marco's Pizza

Former Command Sergeant Brings Leadership Excellence to Revolutionize Industry Training Standards
February 12, 2015 // // Toledo, OH – Following the debut of a brand new corporate training facility, Marco's Pizza, the fastest growing pizza franchise in the U.S., is proud to announce the appointment of former Command Sergeant Roderick Sanders to Senior Director of Learning and Development.
In his new role, Sanders will be responsible for creating and executing all training and development initiatives with a focus on operational excellence. Starting in February, Sanders will lead the company's cutting-edge "Introduction to Operational Excellence" training program with the goal of creating an entirely new experience for all levels of new training and ultimately, setting the industry standard...

Kathy Thiessen Named 101 Mobility’s New VP Of Franchise Operations »

February 12, 2015 at 5:14AM PST | Source: 101 Mobility

Kathy Thiessen brings extensive experience to 101 Mobility’s fast growing business model.
February 12, 2015 // // Wilmington, NC – Kathy Thiessen, formerly Director of Sale at Merry Maids in Memphis, TN, has been named 101 Mobility’s new Vice President of Franchise Operations. 101 Mobility is a Wilmington based retailer, installer, and service provider of mobility solutions including wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, home elevators, and more. The company also has a flourishing national footprint via multiple franchise locations.101 Mobility is dedicated to offering industry leading support to their franchise owners and Thiessen has been brought onboard to further streamline and increase the power of that support system...

Amanda Bender Joins EXIT Realty In Barnstable »

February 12, 2015 at 4:43AM PST | Source: EXIT Realty

Barnstable, MA (Grassroots Newswire) February 10, 2015 - EXIT Cape Realty in Barnstable today announced the addition of Amanda Bender to its team of real estate professionals.
"We're excited to welcome Amanda to EXIT Realty," says Dave Harris, Owner/Broker of EXIT Cape Realty. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Amanda each and every day."
Amanda Specializes in helping people to buy and sell homes in the Cape Cod area. She understands the challenges of this process and will help you through this stressful time with support and guidance from start to finish. Amanda and Lukas Smith have teamed up to better help you reach your real estate needs and get the best results for you. With the support of EXIT Cape Realty's 30 years of real estate experience Amanda and Lukas are fully equipped to satisfy all you real estate goals...

Craig Culver Names President Phil Keiser New CEO »

February 11, 2015 at 11:46AM PST | Source: Culver's

Restaurant Co-Founder to Continue to Inspire Brand and Team as Board Chairman and Spokesperson
February 11, 2015 // // PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis - Phil Keiser, president and chief operating officer of Culver Franchising System, Inc., will become chief executive officer and president, effective June 15, 2015. Under Keiser's leadership since 2003, the 535-restaurant chain has surpassed the $1 billion mark in system-wide sales and opened more than 330 restaurants across 22 states.
"It's important for every business to have a strong succession plan so the right people are in the right positions to lead into the future," said Craig Culver, co-founder of the restaurant chain. "What makes me excited and makes my decision easier is that the reins are being turned over to someone who has been responsible for so much of our success for so many years...

Crowne Plaza Moves One Step Ahead With Thought Leaders Initiative »

February 09, 2015 at 11:17AM PST | Source: Crowne Plaza

February 09, 2015 // // Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts has today announced Rugby Union Legend George Gregan and highly-regarded health professional Dr Ginni Mansberg as the first members of an elite panel, offering insights and expertise for Australian business travellers.
The "Crowne Plaza® Thought Leaders" will share expert tips and advice, as well as information relevant to business travellers, housed on the dedicated Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts LinkedIn page, a first for the dynamic hotel brand.
George and Ginni will be covering key topics of interest for the business traveller audience, including general wellness whilst travelling, stress management, keeping motivated in the face of work and life, and dedication to the job...

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