Lake Forest, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Del Taco, the nation's No. 2 Mexican quick serve chain, today announced that two of its franchise team members, Andy Verostek and Michael Vogel, have been recognized as Certified Franchise Executives™ by the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives. Verostek and Vogel completed a comprehensive course of study in franchise management offered by the institute, which is the academic branch of the International Franchise Association's Educational Foundation.
A market planning analyst for Del Taco, Andy Verostek, CFE joined the company five years ago and is responsible for evaluating demographic and competitive information to determine appropriate markets and trade areas to grow the chain.
A senior development director, Michael Vogel, CFE joined Del Taco three years ago and is responsible for real estate/site selection and franchisee recruiting for the quick-serve chain's growth throughout the Midwest. He has held similar positions at Quiznos and Dairy Queen.
"This designation reinforces the quality approach to franchising that our company embraces and both Andy and Michael have displayed at Del Taco. Their dedication to professionalism is consistent with the professional franchise program in place at Del Taco and provides a valuable contribution to Del Taco franchising and our growth plans," said Jim Lyons, Chief Development Officer at Del Taco.
Candidates must complete a rigorous course of study to earn the CFE designation, which includes attending institute-sponsored educational seminars and workshops. The program is designed to enhance franchising professionals' understanding of both the industry's fundamental and complex aspects. There are more than 1,100 candidates enrolled or have received this certification.
The International Franchise Association, the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising, is the preeminent voice and acknowledged leader for the industry worldwide. Approaching a half-century of service with a growing membership of more than 1,250 franchise systems, 10,000-plus franchisees and more than 500 firms that supply goods and services to the industry, IFA protects, enhances and promotes franchising by advancing the values of integrity, respect, trust, commitment to excellence, honesty and diversity.
Del Taco, the Lake Forest, California-based company operates or franchisees more than 510 restaurants in 18 states. Del Taco offers a full range of made-to-order Mexican items such as tacos, burritos, quesadillas and American favorites including cooked-to-order burgers, fries and shakes. Del Taco uses fresh ingredients including hand-made salsa, fresh produce, freshly grated cheddar cheese, chicken grilled every hour and lard-free beans made from scratch.