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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.

Growth Coach Announces Amanda Hood As New Director Of Operations »

January 30, 2015 at 8:56AM PST | Source: The Growth Coach
The Growth Coach Opportunities Available

The Growth Coach, the #1 business and sales coaching franchise in the country last year according to Entrepreneur Magazine, brought on Amanda Hood to help the company grow.
Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) January 30, 2015 - The Growth Coach is pleased to announce that Amanda Hood has joined the team as the company's new Director of Operations.
The Growth Coach, the #1 business and sales coaching franchise in the country last year according to Entrepreneur Magazine, is dedicated to helping business leaders, small business owners, sales people and self-employed professionals find success at work and balance in life. Growth Coaches offer various Strategic Mindset workshops, one-to-one coaching services, remote coaching delivered via phone and web, and coaching for special projects as well as alternative financing, business valuation services, web coaching, sales mapping and more...

ERA Real Estate Promotes Chris Trick To Chief Marketing Officer  »

January 29, 2015 at 11:50AM PST | Source: ERA

January 29, 2015 // // MADISON, N.J. - ERA Real Estate, a leading global real estate franchisor, today announced the promotion of Chris Trick to chief marketing officer. Trick's previous title was senior vice president of marketing and product development.
"Chris's invaluable contributions to our 2014 reimaging campaign - from strategy to execution - truly moved the needle for ERA Real Estate," said Charlie Young, president and CEO of ERA Real Estate. "His in-depth understanding of branding within a franchise environment and his ability to articulate the benefits and ROI to multiple stakeholders across the organization resulted in a seamless transition and renewed excitement among our customers and the real estate industry...

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. Appoints S. Kirk Kinsell To Board Of Directors »

January 29, 2015 at 6:31AM PST | Source: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

ATLANTA - January 29, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLKI), the franchisor and operator of Popeyes® restaurants, today announced the appointment of S. Kirk Kinsell to its Board of Directors.
Mr. Kinsell is a veteran hospitality executive who was recently named Chief Executive Officer (effective March 2, 2015) of Loews Hotels & Resorts, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Loews Corporation.
Mr. Kinsell has devoted more than 35 years to the hospitality industry. He has spent 19 years with Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) in a variety of senior positions including most recently as President, Americas, with responsibility for the management of more than 3,700 hotels. In his role as President he was responsible for development and performance of all IHG hotel brands and properties in the Americas...

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Promotes Sean Blankenship To Chief Marketing Officer »

January 29, 2015 at 4:03AM PST | Source: Coldwell Banker

January 29, 2015 // // Madison, N.J. - Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC today announced the promotion of Sean Blankenship to chief marketing officer from his prior role as senior vice president of marketing for the firm. In this expanded role, Blankenship is responsible for the development and expansion of the Coldwell Banker® global brand architecture, including the luxury home program Coldwell Banker Previews International. He will continue to oversee the brand’s holistic marketing platform, which includes advertising, media, public relations, product development, promotions and marketing communications.
"Sean has more than 24 years of experience in shaping brands and telling their stories," said Budge Huskey, chief executive officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC...

Former Wal-Mart CEO And Retired Deloitte Audit Partner, Join The Joint Corp.'s BOD »

January 28, 2015 at 11:34AM PST | Source: The Joint...the chiropractic place

The Joint Corp. Announces Two New Board Members Former Wal-Mart CEO, Bill Fields and Retired Deloitte Audit Partner, Ron DaVella
January 28, 2015 // // SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The Joint Corp. (NASDAQ: JYNT), a national healthcare franchisor of chiropractic clinics, recently elected two new members to serve on its board: William "Bill" Fields and Ronald V. DaVella.
Fields is currently Chairman of Fields Texas Limited LLC ("Fields Texas"), Four Corners Sourcing International, and a Managing Partner of Strategic Brands LLC. DaVella recently retired from Deloitte after 34 years of service including 25 years as a partner.
Bill Fields
Fields is a retail industry veteran who began his 25-year career with Wal-Mart as a store manager who was handpicked by Wal-Mart Founder Sam Walton to be his assistant...

Huddle House Expands Franchise Development Staff To Handle Accelerated Growth »

January 28, 2015 at 9:41AM PST | Source: Huddle House
Huddle House Opportunities Available

Jeff Hood named Director of Franchise Development; Cassidy Ford hired as Franchise Development Manager
January 28, 2015 // // SANDY SPRINGS, Georgia - Huddle House, the popular full-service family restaurant known for serving "Any Meal. Any Time.", has expanded its franchise sales staff to support an aggressive development campaign designed to significantly increase the number of locations over the next three years.
Jeff Hood, former director of franchise sales for Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Pizza, has joined the company as Director of Franchise Development. Cassidy Ford, former business development associate with How Do You Roll?, joins the Huddle House team as Franchise Development Manager.
Huddle House, which has 378 restaurants in 21 states primarily throughout the southeast, central, midwest and southwest United States, has set a goal of opening more than 100 restaurants over the next three years...

Hyatt Selects Scott Richer To Lead Full And Select Service Hotel Development In Canada »

January 28, 2015 at 7:23AM PST | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

January 28, 2015 // // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels & Resorts today announced Scott Richer will serve as Hyatt's regional vice president of development in Canada. In his new role, Richer will be responsible for the growth of Hyatt's full service and select service brands in Canada. Richer will be based in Toronto, Ontario, and will report to Julienne Smith, Hyatt's senior vice president of franchise and managed development for Hyatt Place and Hyatt House in North America, and David Tarr, Hyatt's senior vice president of development for the Americas.
Richer joins Hyatt with more than 14 years of hospitality experience, beginning his career in operations for Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Australia. Most recently, he served as executive director of development for Delta Hotels and Resorts, where he was instrumental in Delta's growth in Canada...

Jo Darling Joins EXIT Realty Paramount As New Office Administrator »

January 27, 2015 at 5:28AM PST | Source: EXIT Realty

Traverse City, Michigan (Grassroots Newswire) January 23, 2015 -- Jo Darling , one of the areas top customer service specialists, joined EXIT Realty Paramount in Traverse City.
"We're excited to welcome Jo to EXIT Realty", says franchisee Holly Hack. EXIT Realty is growing and attracting top people each and every day.
Jo brings over 20 years of customer service experience serving the Grand Traverse Area. Jo likes to dance, swim and bike. She also loves to volunteer with children's organizations. "We can't wait to see what Jo will bring to the EXIT Realty Paramount team", says Hack.
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...

Carl Jakaitis Joins The Krystal Company As Chief Financial Officer »

January 26, 2015 at 9:21AM PST | Source: Krystal Company, The

ATLANTA - January 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The Krystal Company®, famous for its iconic square hamburgers, today announced the appointment of Carl Jakaitis as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Company. Jakaitis, who will oversee Accounting, Finance, Information Technology (IT) and Supply Chain Management, will report to Omar Janjua, President & CEO for The Krystal Company. The appointment is effective immediately.
"Carl's 35 years of restaurant industry experience will provide The Krystal Company with the additional leadership and expertise we need to continue to develop this iconic brand and help fuel our system growth," Janjua said.
Jakaitis most recently served as CFO of McAlister's Deli where he was responsible for finance, accounting, legal and franchise administration for the 325-store chain...

National Property Inspections Franchisees Welcomes Four New Franchise Owners In January »

January 26, 2015 at 8:56AM PST | Source: National Property Inspection
National Property Inspection Opportunities Available

January 26, 2015 // // Omaha, Neb. - National Property Inspections, Inc., parent company of National Property Inspections in the United States and Global Property Inspections in Canada, is pleased to announce four new franchise owners in January who will take the NPI brand to new areas:

James Dunlap from Anacortes, Washington, will have franchise territory covering Snohomish County in Washington.
Gary Hudkins of Cornelius, North Carolina, will have franchise territory covering Cabarrus and Rowan counties in North Carolina.
Jared Jackson from Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, will have territory covering Coeur d’ Alene and a portion of southern Spokane County in Washington.
Steve Stavros of Oak Harbor, Washington, will have franchise territory in Whatcom County, San Juan County, Island County, Skagit County and Snohomish County in Washington...

Executive Team At Hurricane Grill & Wings Welcomes Fred T. Grant, Jr. »

January 26, 2015 at 8:50AM PST | Source: Hurricane Grill & Wings
Hurricane Grill & Wings Opportunities Available

New Chief Financial Officer To Oversee Financial Activities
January 26, 2015 // // WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Restaurant franchise Hurricane Grill & Wings, announced today that Fred T. Grant will be joining the executive team as Chief Financial Officer to oversee all financial functions for the company.
Grant brings more than 25 years of experience in finance and investment management, and will spearhead Hurricane Grill & Wings efforts in employing the most effective tactics to accelerate the restaurant's rapid growth plans. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Perkins & Marie Callender's Inc. Most recently, he served as Chief Financial Officer for Café Enterprises, Inc...

Filta Announces Chief Business Development Officer »

January 26, 2015 at 4:37AM PST | Source: Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions

Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) January 25, 2015 - The Filta Group, Inc announced today that Keith Segrue is joining Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions in the newly created position of Chief Business Development Officer.
Segrue, who has a long history in the Restaurant Service sector having driven growth for EcoLab and headed sales for Nasdaq listed Swisher Hygiene, Inc., starts with Filta in January 2015.
"We are delighted to have Keith join us as we continue to grow and develop national accounts for our Franchise Owners," said Victor Clewes, Chairman of The Filta Group. "His knowledge and depth of experience will be an asset for the entire business."
Segrue will coordinate strategic sales planning, program development and national account development for the business...

Local Entrepreneur Purchases Inland Northwest American Leak Detection Franchise Territory »

January 23, 2015 at 4:38AM PST | Source: American Leak Detection

Franchise In Eastern Washington & North Idaho Changes Hands
SPOKANE, Wash. - Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Margaret Cassidy, a Hayden, Idaho resident, acquired an American Leak Detection (ALD) franchise in Spokane and North Idaho this month. Like all ALD franchisees, Cassidy will offer her customers leak detection without destruction.
"I knew I wanted a change in my life," said Cassidy, who spent 25 years in the international manufacturing business. "I've always wanted to own my own business and American Leak Detection has allowed me to provide a service that saves people money and helps protect a precious resource. It's a win-win."
In December of 2014, Cassidy completed intensive training away from her husband and two kids to become a certified "Original Leak Specialist...

Rita’s Italian Ice Bolsters Leadership Team With New Executive »

January 22, 2015 at 7:07AM PST | Source: Rita's Ice-Custard-Happiness

Quick Service Marketing Veteran, Robin Seward, Joins Rita's as Chief Marketing Officer
January 22, 2015 // // TREVOSE, Pa. - Rita's Italian Ice, the world's largest Italian Ice concept with more than 600 stores, named Robin Seward as the company's Chief Marketing Officer. Seward brings nearly 25 years of industry expertise to her new position and will head the development and execution of marketing strategies and research and development at Rita's Italian Ice.
Seward's impressive career includes leadership positions at quick-service and full-service restaurant giants such as Burger King Corporation, Carrabba's Italian Grill and, most recently, Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc., where she served at the helm of the brand experience team as vice president of brand marketing...

Jennifer Marchy Joins EXIT Realty Consultants »

January 22, 2015 at 4:53AM PST | Source: EXIT Realty

Ceres, CA (Grassroots Newswire) Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 - As a hard working and dedicated women, Jennifer Marchy has worked in the customer service industry for over 16 years. Newly licensed at EXIT Realty Consultants, Jennifer and her team of professionals, understands the value of communication and follow up. Jennifer prides herself in being motivated and overly organized in order to provide her clients the best possible service in making their homeownership dream, a reality. For all your real estate needs visit Jennifer Marchy at or contact 209-499-7739.
About EXIT Realty 
For more information about EXIT Realty Consultants, please call 209-554-5252. EXIT Realty Consultants is located at 1768 E...

Così, Inc. Chief Financial Officer Resigns, Company Appoints Interim Chief Financial Officer »

January 22, 2015 at 3:58AM PST | Source: Così

Così Board Appoints Ad Hoc Committee to Oversee Hearthstone Merger
January 22, 2015 // // BOSTON, MA - Così, Inc. (NASDAQ: COSI), the fast casual restaurant company, today announced that it has appointed Richard Bagge, 45, to serve as Interim Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately, following the resignation of Scott Carlock. Mr. Carlock resigned as Chief Financial Officer of the Company on January 21, 2015, to pursue other opportunities. The Company has engaged an executive search firm to commence a search for a new Chief Financial Officer.
R. J. Dourney, the Company's President and Chief Executive officer, said, "We appreciate Scott's contributions to Cosi over the past several months as we relocated our Support Center to Boston, completed a rights offering, and implemented our strategy for building a stronger business...

Steamatic, Inc. Introduces New Director Of Franchise Development »

January 20, 2015 at 9:53AM PST | Source: Steamatic

January 20, 2015 // // Fort Worth, TX - Steamatic, Inc., an international leader in restoration and cleaning services, is excited to announce that Bill Helton has been named Director of Franchise Development. In his role, Helton will be in charge of recruiting and securing new Steamatic franchisees. Prior to joining Steamatic, Helton spent 15 years in the franchising industry as both a franchisee and franchisor. Most recently, Bill served in a similar role for another restoration provider.
"It's an exciting time of growth for Steamatic, and the addition of a new Director of Franchise Development is a vital part of our franchise expansion plan. We are very pleased to have Bill join us in this key leadership role...

Progressive Promotions Include Blake Wakefield To President And Chief Revenue Officer »

January 20, 2015 at 8:17AM PST | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

Todd Jeffcoat to Chief Financial Officer and Ryan Ray to Chief Operations Officer
ATLANTA - Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a lease-to-own retailer specializing in the sales and lease ownership of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, announced today that Ryan Woodley, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of subsidiary Progressive Leasing, has been named Chief Executive Officer of Progressive Leasing effective January 15. In addition, Blake Wakefield, currently Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, was promoted to Progressive's President and Chief Revenue Officer; Todd Jeffcoat, Senior Vice President of Finance, was named Progressive's Chief Financial Officer; and Ryan Ray, Vice President of Operations, was named Progressive's Chief Operations Officer...

Melissa Riley Appointed CEO & Team Leader Of Keller Williams Realty Partners »

January 20, 2015 at 4:50AM PST | Source: Keller Williams Realty

Keller Williams Realty Partners introduces new CEO and Team Leader Melissa Riley.
Yorktown Heights, NY, January 19, 2015 - ( - "This is an exciting time for our Company," said Lou Cardillo, Owner of Keller Williams Realty Partners. "Due to our rapid growth in this area, there was a need to offer more to our agents in the way of leadership & training. Keller Williams is all about offering our associates unparalleled career growth and lifelong learning opportunities in the real estate industry. This company succeeds through its people, and having Melissa on our team is a huge win for us," said Cardillo.
"I joined Keller Williams Realty because I wanted to be a part of something exciting," Riley says. "This company promotes an agent-centric business model that focuses on cutting-edge training, profit sharing and wealth-building opportunities...

Elements® Announces New Regional Director In Tampa »

January 20, 2015 at 4:42AM PST | Source: elements™ fitness

Industry Leader Laura Butcaris to join team elements in Florida.
Miami Beach, FL - January 19, 2015 - ( - elements® is pleased to announce Laura Butcaris joining the brand team as a Regional Supervisor in Tampa, FL. Butcaris is an energetic leader with over 12 years of management in luxury fitness and wellness, and six years of organizational training and development, including instructional design, facilitation, and coaching. She has a proven track record of driving sales teams and exceeding revenue targets through inspiring and creative leadership.
Laura is experienced in all aspects of managing single and multi-unit fitness and spa operations, including financial strategy development, expense control, staff recruitment, retention and development, and all facility operations...

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