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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.

Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Suzanne Dechant As New Regional Vice President »

August 27, 2015 at 8:30AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Donuts
Dunkin' Donuts Opportunities Available

August 27, 2015 // // CANTON, MA - Dunkin' Donuts today announced that Suzanne DeChant has been appointed as Regional Vice President for the Philadelphia / Baltimore / Washington (PBW) region and upstate New York. In this role, Ms. DeChant will be responsible for providing support to Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees and field teams throughout the region. She will report directly to Weldon Spangler, Vice President of Operations, U.S. and Canada at Dunkin' Brands.
An experienced operations and marketing executive, Ms. DeChant has a proven track record of delivering results and developing successful teams in the multi-unit retail and restaurant industries. She has spent the last 14 years with Starbucks Coffee Company, most recently as Regional Vice President of Operations in New York City and also held senior positions in operations and marketing with Papa John’s and Ciao Cucina Restaurants...

Charlene Allen Joins EXIT Realty In Traverse City »

August 26, 2015 at 12:09PM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Traverse City, Michigan (Grassroots Newswire) August 24, 2015 - EXIT Realty Paramount in Traverse City today announced the addition of Charlene Allen to its team of real estate professionals.
"We’re excited to welcome Charlene to EXIT Realty," says Holly Streit, Broker/Owner of EXIT Realty Paramount. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Charlene each and every day."
Charlene draws upon her real estate experience of numerous years as an owner/broker on Cape Cod and her personal experience as a buyer and seller of many primary and seasonal homes, as well as her experience as an active partner in small development projects. Her passion for real estate is reflected in her efforts to gather all pertinent facts about a property...

Blink Fitness Appoints Todd Magazine As President »

August 26, 2015 at 8:34AM PDT | Source: Blink Fitness
Blink Fitness Opportunities Available

Former Executive Vice President to Lead Company Operations and National Franchise Initiative
August 26, 2015 // // NEW YORK - Blink Fitness, a premium quality, value-based fitness club, announced today the promotion of Todd Magazine to President. Magazine has overseen Blink’s expansion of its company-owned locations from four to 37 and has led the development of the brand’s franchising initiative, which launched in June 2015.
Magazine joined Equinox, which created Blink Fitness, in 2012 as the Executive Vice President of New Businesses, where he focused on accelerating growth strategies for the company’s new brands such as Blink. Prior to joining Equinox, Magazine held leadership roles at several world-renowned companies, including serving as President of Gatorade, Quaker Foods and Pfizer’s OTC business...

Lamar Lampkins Joins EXIT Realty In Germantown »

August 26, 2015 at 7:55AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Germantown, Wisconsin (Grassroots Newswire) August 19, 2015 - EXIT Realty XL in Germantown today announced the addition of Lamar Lampkins to its team of real estate professionals.
"We’re excited to welcome Lamar to EXIT Realty," says Jerry Grosenick, Broker/Owner of EXIT Realty XL. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Lamar each and every day."
Lamar has many years of customer service experience. His knowledge makes him a great addition to the team.
"Great Training, Cutting Edge Technology, a Team Culture and retirement income is what makes us different."
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...

Workout Anytime Hires Fitness Expert Greg Maurer To Help Launch New Personal Training Program »

August 26, 2015 at 7:31AM PDT | Source: Workout Anytime 24/7

Rapidly Growing Fitness Franchise Unveils New Program Led by Industry Veteran
ATLANTA (PRWEB) August 26, 2015 - Workout Anytime, the 24-hour, seven-day-a-week fitness concept, has announced the hiring of 27-year fitness veteran, Greg Maurer, as the vice president of fitness. Marking a first for the brand, Maurer will be responsible for the company’s implementation of a brand new personal training program at its gyms across the country.
“Greg is a dynamo in the world of commercial fitness,” said Steven Strickland, CEO and co-founder of Workout Anytime. “Over the course of nearly 30 years, he has compiled a track record of unparalleled professional experience, from planning and building health clubs to developing and launching one-of-a-kind fitness products...

Winning Military Vet Takes Over Reins Of Burleson 7-Eleven Store »

August 26, 2015 at 7:25AM PDT | Source: 7-Eleven

Mark Anthony Page Becomes first Franchisee in 7-Eleven’s Operation: Take Command Fee-Free Franchise Contest to Assume Store
August 26, 2015 // // DALLAS and BURLESON, Texas – With weeks of training on under his belt, a store brimming with merchandise and a heart ready to serve, U.S. Navy veteran Mark Anthony Page realizes his own American dream this week. Page becomes the business owner of a 7-Eleven® franchised store in Burleson after winning the company’s Operation: Take Command campaign.
It is the culmination of nine months’ work and competition to win first America’s and then 7-Eleven, Inc. CEO’s vote of confidence. The prize was an available 7-Eleven store of the winner’s choice at a discount, valued up to $190,000...

Former PODS Chairman Joins Zippy Shell Board »

August 26, 2015 at 5:42AM PDT | Source: Zippy Shell

Ransom James adds industry experience, depth to leading self-storage company.
August 26, 2015 // // WASHINGTON - Zippy Shell Incorporated, the Washington, DC-based, self-storage and moving company, is proud to announce that Ransom James, Partner & Founding Member of Eagle Merchant Partners, has officially joined its corporate Board of Directors. The announcement follows the recent $25 million strategic growth capital investment from private investment firm Virgo Investment Group LLC ("Virgo").
James played a key role in the investment and growth in self-storage leader PODS as the lead board member for his prior firm, Arcapita, which owned the company from 2007-2015. This resulted in the successful February 2015 sale of PODS for over $1 billion...

Charlotte Smith Joins EXIT Realty In New Smyrna Beach »

August 26, 2015 at 5:30AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

New Smyrna Beach, Florida (Grassroots Newswire) August 19, 2015 - EXIT Real Estate Property Solutions in New Smyrna Beach today announced the addition of Charlotte Smith to its team of real estate professionals.
"We’re excited to welcome Charlotte to EXIT Realty," says Gina Steger, Broker of EXIT Real Estate Property Solutions. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Charlotte each and every day."
Charlotte comes to us from Collado Real Estate and has been a licensed real estate agent for 17+ years. She has provided consultation to many home buyers and sellers as well as to commercial developers in all stages of development from purchase, permitting, building construction, road construction and sales/leasing...

WIN Home Inspection Franchise Welcomes New Director Of Franchise Development »

August 25, 2015 at 11:15AM PDT | Source: WIN Home Inspection

Terry McGee, the New Director of Franchise Development for the WIN Home Inspection Franchise, Brings Years of Experience in the Franchising World
MADISON, AL - (Marketwired - Aug 25, 2015) - WIN Home Inspection has named Terry McGee as Director of Franchise Development. McGee has spent 20 years developing franchises, and he knows how to franchise aggressively.
He managed national and international development for several service-related franchisors. He managed discovery days and training sessions, oversaw marketing and sales teams, developed follow-up procedures for lead and sales generation, managed lead generation programs, conducted webinars on lead generation, and ensured legal compliance with franchise agreements.
"I'd known about WIN for several years before joining their team...

Giant Tiger Stores Limited Announces New Board Of Directors »

August 25, 2015 at 6:13AM PDT | Source: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Aug. 25, 2015) - Gordon Reid, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Giant Tiger Stores Limited, Canada's leading discount retailer, is pleased to announce the company's new Board of Directors, effective August 1, 2015.
The new structure has been put in place to ensure that the expertise of Giant Tiger's business operations is maintained and held to the highest standard as the company continues to grow its brand throughout Canada.
"As a privately held company, the new board structure is a milestone for Giant Tiger as we work to support the momentum of the company and help to propel it forward," said Mr. Reid. "We believe that the expertise and knowledge of this collective group, as well as their appreciation and mutual respect for Giant Tiger's core principals of customer service, community involvement and value, leaves us best positioned to realize our goals...

Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. Appoints Greg Vojnovic Chief Development Officer »

August 24, 2015 at 9:56AM PDT | Source: Arby's

New Role Highlights Growth and Brand Opportunities
August 24, 2015 // // ATLANTA – Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. (ARG) today announced that it has hired Greg Vojnovic as Chief Development Officer, a newly created position reporting to Paul Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc.
The appointment comes on the heels of Arby’s continued business momentum. In addition to a Brand revitalization effort that introduced the new “Meatcraft” marketing campaign, Arby’s recently announced its 19th consecutive quarter of same-store sales growth. Further, the brand is spurring development and remodeling within its company and franchise-owned restaurants at an accelerated pace...

Cutchall Named CEO & Partner At Lolo's Chicken & Waffles »

August 24, 2015 at 8:33AM PDT | Source: Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles

August 24, 2015 // // Phoenix, Arizona - Greg S Cutchall has been named CEO and partner at Phoenix based Lolo's Chicken & Waffles. Cutchall, President & CEO of Omaha-based Cutchall Management Company entered into a joint venture agreement with Lolo's earlier this year to open three new company Lolo's in Omaha, Dallas and Las Vegas by year’s end.
"As the relationship developed, we felt Greg would be a great addition to our long range plans for Lolo's.” said Larry "Lolo" White, president and founder of Lolo's. “Greg brings a wealth of 35 years of experience in the restaurant business including 12 years at KFC and 18 years with Popeyes."
"I am excited to partner with Larry, his wife Rasheeda and the other Lolo's partners Mike Anderson, his son Bret Anderson and David Sellers...

GRILLiT Announce Corporate Update »

August 24, 2015 at 6:40AM PDT | Source: GRILLiT, Inc.

MIAMI - Aug. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - GRILLiT, Inc. (the "Company" or "GRILLiT") (OTC Pink Markets: GRLT) today proudly announcing an invitation to shareholders.
To GRLT shareholders: As you are now aware, Ghazi Hajj resigned as CEO and has been replaced by Henry L. Klein. Mr. Klein will be formally introduced to you at a special meeting of shareholders on September 28, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans.
Mr. Klein will bring his imagination and vision to GRLT as the new CEO. His extensive legal career has spanned the United States and most aspects of the law, including anti-trust, banking, commercial, copyright, intellectual property, patent, securities and trade regulation law.
In matter of days, Mr. Klein has made substantial capital commitments and executed letters of intent for new openings in vibrant locations...

Newk’s Eatery Appoints New Chief Marketing Officer »

August 21, 2015 at 3:59AM PDT | Source: Newk’s Eatery

August 21, 2015 // // JACKSON, Miss. - Newk’s Eatery, a rapidly expanding fast-casual restaurant brand known for its fresh, flavorful dining, has announced Alan Wright as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Wright first joined Newk’s Eatery in March 2013 as Vice President of Marketing and most recently as Vice President of Marketing and Franchise Operations.
“Alan’s strategic eye and seasoned management have been essential to the strengthening and increased visibility of the Newk’s brand in recent years, along with our accelerated operational growth,” said Chris Newcomb, Newk’s Eatery Co-Founder and CEO. “In his new role, Alan will continue this brand momentum and provide critical vision for Newk’s future marketing initiatives...

GRILLiT Announce Significant Corporate Update »

August 20, 2015 at 9:17AM PDT | Source: GRILLiT, Inc.

MIAMI - Aug. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - GRILLiT, Inc. (OTC: GRLT). Ghazi Hajj, CEO of Healthy & Tasty Brands Corporation, of which GRILLiT is a signature brand, is pleased to announce to its shareholders significant developments within the company and its ongoing operations.
Effective August 12, 2015, Mr. Hajj has resigned as CEO and has been replaced by Mr. Henry L. Klein as his successor. Mr. Hajj will remain with GRLT as an advisor. Mr. Hajj will focus on a restaurant and bar concept with the enhancement of the health-oriented new menu through additional brands being brought to the company thru Mr. Klein and his management team. The new brands will be consistent with the quality of its present culinary offerings.
Already, the company has added an operating restaurant located within the Clarion Inn in Pueblo, Colorado and is in negotiations with owners of affiliate hotels for eleven additional seamless transitions to the GRLT restaurant and bar concept...

Hyatt Selects Samie Barr As Vice President – Global Brands »

August 19, 2015 at 9:13AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Barr to lead brand experience marketing for Hyatt Regency and Grand Hyatt
August 19, 2015 // // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced that Hyatt has named Samie Barr as vice president, global brands. Barr will be responsible for the brand development and management of the Hyatt Regency and Grand Hyatt brands. She will report to Sandra Cordova Micek, senior vice president, global brands.
“Samie comes to us with a track record of success and a wealth of experience in every facet of marketing, and her collaborative style is a wonderful fit for Hyatt,” Micek said. “She will be an instrumental leader to Hyatt as we continue to build distinctive experiences for the Hyatt Regency and Grand Hyatt brands globally...

Dale Carnegie Training Announces Joseph K. Hart, Jr. As New President And CEO »

August 19, 2015 at 4:16AM PDT | Source: Dale Carnegie Training

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. - August 18, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Dale Carnegie Training, the worldwide leader in professional development, performance improvement, leadership training, and employee engagement, announced today that Joseph “Joe” K. Hart, Jr. is its new President and CEO.
“Like so many others, the skills and tools I learned at Dale Carnegie have had a transformational impact on my life,” said Hart. “Dale Carnegie is one of the most respected brands in the world and I could not be more thrilled to be engaging at the highest level with our outstanding clients and such an amazing team of talented and driven professionals. I am fully committed to continuing to evolve our great training programs and to deliver the highest level of value at every touch point...

Thomas C Jones Joins Keller Williams Norco Market Center »

August 17, 2015 at 4:02AM PDT | Source: Keller Williams Realty

Norco, CA, August 15, 2015 - ( - Thomas C Jones, a real estate sales professional in Eastvale / Norco, has joined the Keller Williams Norco Market Center.
Thomas Jones has an extensive background in income tax preparation. Thomas is very involved in his community and church. Thomas has taken several global missions trips and spends several hours a week serving at church. Thomas is also an Ambassador with the Regional Chamber of Commerce-San Gabriel Valley, connecting businesses and the community.
“We are truly lucky to have Thomas C. Jones join us here at Keller Williams Norco,” says Team Leader Brian Philp. “Keller Williams offers its associates unparalleled career growth and lifelong learning opportunities in the real estate industry...

Schlotzsky’s Names Monte Jump Vice President Of Global Marketing »

August 11, 2015 at 7:51AM PDT | Source: Schlotzsky's

August 11, 2015 // // ATLANTA – Schlotzsky’s®, home of The Original® oven-baked sandwich and famous Fresh-from-Scratch® buns, announced today that Monte Jump has been named Vice President of Global Marketing for the Lotz Better® fast-casual restaurant chain.
“Monte is a passionate and disciplined marketer whose broad consumer package goods and restaurant experience along with his innovative and results-driven marketing approach make him an ideal candidate for this position,” said FOCUS Brands Restaurant Group SVP of Marketing, Paul Macaluso. “We will look to his vast marketing experience to help grow sales and develop Schlotzsky’s into a global, multi-channel food service brand...

Aaron's, Inc. Announces Curt Doman Appointed To Board Of Directors »

August 11, 2015 at 5:29AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

David Kolb and Brian Kahn Depart
ATLANTA - Aug. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, today announced that Curt Doman, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Progressive Leasing, has been appointed to the Aaron's, Inc. Board of Directors. The Company also announced that David Kolb and Brian Kahn are departing the Board.
Ray Robinson, Chairman of Aaron's, Inc. Board of Directors, said that Doman's entrepreneurial experience and vision will be a strong addition to the Board. "Curt pioneered the virtual lease-to-own business with the co-founding of Progressive Leasing in 1999," Robinson said...

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