[h2Prasifka to lead company to 10,000 units by end of 2010
April 08, 2008 // Franchising.com // SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.– Chairman and CEO, Kevin Blackwell, announced today that Chris Prasifka has been named President of Kahala Franchise Corp, the franchisor entity of Kahala's portfolio of diversified concepts. Prasifka joined Kahala, the $1.1 billion company, in October 2007 as executive vice president to the chief executive officer. With more than 20 years of experience in the food service and franchising industries, Prasifka has a long results-oriented track record for building strong brand equity while increasing operator profits.
In his new role, Prasifka will lead the charge in achieving Kahala's goal of 10,000 units by the end of 2010, while building strong brand equity and increasing operator profits across Kahala's system. Prasifka will continue reporting to Blackwell.
"I'm pleased to announce this new leadership role for Chris," said Blackwell. "He has a comprehensive operating background, a strong commitment to franchisees and is recognized for his leadership in gaining consensus both internally and externally in very diverse franchise organizations."
"I am excited to have the opportunity to be an instrumental leader during this exciting time at Kahala," commented Prasifka. "We will continue to build on the collective success of our brands and add value for our franchisee partners, Kahala employees and our restaurant guests."
Before joining Kahala, Prasifka was Senior Vice President of Franchise Operations and Strategic Development at Compass Group's Canteen division.
Prior to that, Prasifka was the Chief Operating Officer at FOCUS Brands, where he successfully led initiatives to reimage and revitalize the Carvel brand, and handled the integration of acquisitions of Cinnabon and Seattle's Best Coffee International. Prasifka also spent a large portion of his career in various senior management positions at Mrs. Fields Famous Brands and its subsidiary, TCBY.
David Guarino will continue as the President of Kahala Corp, working directly with Kevin Blackwell on strategic corporate initiatives.
Kahala is creating the next big wave in franchising. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., the company owns and franchises diversified restaurant and service brands resulting in more than 4,600 locations worldwide, and $1.1 billion in system-wide sales. Currently, the brand portfolio includes: BLIMPIE, Cereality, Cold Stone Creamery, Frullati Café & Bakery, Great Steak & Potato Co., Johnnie's New York Pizzeria, NRgize Lifestyle Café, Ranch1, Rollerz, Samurai Sam's Teriyaki Grill, Surf City Squeeze and Taco Time. For more information about Kahala, please visit the company's Web site at www.kahalacorp.com.