Jim Riekel Brings Impressive Background to Established Delivery Franchise as VP of Operations
May 09, 2008 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – Wing Zone, one of the nation's fastest-growing takeout & delivery franchise concepts best noted for its award-winning 25 flavors of fresh, cooked-to-order Buffalo chicken wings, announced today the hiring of Jim Riekel as vice president of operations.
"Jim comes to us with an impressive history of working with some of the most established and successful franchises in the country," said Matt Friedman, CEO and Founder of Wing Zone. "Hiring Jim will be instrumental in bringing Wing Zone through the next step of our evolution as we continue to thrive and grow in today's marketplace."
For more than 20 years, Riekel has held numerous restaurant industry jobs as an operations director, business manager, operating partner and regional vice president. He has also held senior executive positions with Wendy's, Papa John's and Domino's. Most recently, Riekel was vice president of operations for the Atlanta Bread Company.
"I am very grateful to be a part of the Wing Zone family and the many positives associated with joining this fast-growing organization," Riekel said. "I look forward to drawing on my past experience to help keep Wing Zone at the top as one of the nation's hottest franchises. Wing Zone is primed for explosive growth, and I'm excited to be a part of their progressive team."
While earning customer loyalty from consumers nationwide, Wing Zone is also receiving recognition from within the food service and franchise industries. In fact, Wing Zone was rated a Top 20 New Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine, included in Bond's Top 100 Franchise Opportunities, ranked in Franchise Times' Fast 55 and was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing, privately held companies in America.
Wing Zone was founded in 1991 at the University of Florida by Matt Friedman and Adam Scott, who cooked wings with homemade sauces in their fraternity house kitchen and delivered them to fellow college students. After expanding with several Wing Zone locations, Scott and Friedman began franchising Wing Zone in 1999. Wing Zone currently has more than 100 locations open and another 20 in development. For information about Wing Zone visit www.wingzone.com.