West Palm Beach, FL (Vocus) Hurricane Grill & Wings™, known for fresh cooked-to-order menu items including signature entree salads, Angus burgers, fish and uniquely savory chicken wings, today announced the appointment of Mark Snyder as Chief Operating Officer, Lisa Wynn Taylor as Vice President of Marketing, and Angie Kenyon as Senior Real Estate Consultant.
"Industry leaders Mark Snyder, Lisa Wynn Taylor and Angie Kenyon will each play a key role on our management team as the Company continues to expand nationwide with the award winning Hurricane Grill & Wings brand. It is an exciting time for our Company because we have rounded out our already strong management team with individuals who are highly experienced in strategically growing brands that are in high growth mode,'' said Martin O'Dowd, President of Hurricane Grill & Wings™. "We conducted a nationwide search to identify these new members of our management team, and we welcome them aboard."
Mr. Snyder's responsibilities include managing all Hurricane Grill & Wings™ operations, strategic menu planning, purchasing, and overseeing field business consultants, as well as owned and operated portfolio stores. Ms. Wynn Taylor will oversee marketing, advertising and public relations for the brand. Ms. Kenyon's responsibilities include market planning, site selection, store design and construction.
Prior to joining Hurricane Grill & Wings™ as the Chief Operating Officer, Mark Snyder was a member of the management team at Carlson Companies for 28 years. Most recently, he served as the Vice President of Operations for T.G.I. Friday's®, managing the West Division, which included 100 corporate stores and 125 franchised units with 18 ownership groups. Mr. Snyder also served as the Vice President of Franchising for T.G.I. Friday's® where he accepted the SPIRIT Award on behalf of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide. The honor was awarded by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and Nation's Restaurant News, and according to the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the award recognized companies that "demonstrated their dedication and devotion to their workforce, realizing that they are the true 'spirit' of the industry." During his time at Carlson Companies, Mr. Snyder also served as the Vice President of Operations for the Midwest division of T.G.I. Friday's®, where he managed 90 restaurant locations.
Ms. Lisa Wynn Taylor brings over 20 years of extensive branding, marketing and social media experience to the Hurricane Grill & Wings™ team. Most recently, Ms. Wynn Taylor led the brand strategy and marketing communications efforts for restaurant and retail brands at the Atlanta, Georgia-based Kwarren Advertising & Public Relations. There, she served as the Vice President of Strategic Development where she spearheaded the company's digital marketing branch, which included digital technologies and social media. Prior to her agency experience, Ms. Wynn Taylor led division sales and marketing in the restaurant business for 10 years. Working with national brands, such as Taco Bell® and Burger King®, Ms. Wynn Taylor specialized in developing strategies to address rapidly changing consumer taste preferences and introduced premium product platforms, as well as expanded value menus and dayparts.
Angie Kenyon joins Hurricane Grill & Wings™ as the Senior Real Estate Consultant. Ms. Kenyon brings over 15 years of restaurant industry experience, and prior to joining the Hurricane Grill & Wings™ team, she served as the Director of Development for industry giants, such as Starbucks Coffee®, Dunkin' Brands® and Burger King®. Amongst her notable accomplishments, Ms. Kenyon opened 231 Starbucks Coffee® locations within two fiscal years, strategized franchisee expansion and development for the Burger King® brand, and executed the multi-branding concept of Dunkin' Donuts®, Baskin-Robbins® and Togo's under one parent company.
About Hurricane Grill & Wings™ Hurricane Grill & Wings™, whose trademark is "Live with Flavor™", is known for its uniquely savory chicken wings, offered in five categories with a choice of over 30 signature sauces. Menu items are cooked fresh to order with high quality ingredients and no trans fats. Other menu options include delicious salad creations, unique selections of seafood, such as Grilled Mahi-Mahi and Hurricane's Iron Skillet Salmon glazed with one of Hurricane Grill & Wings™ signature sauces, Certified Angus Burgers, and a full lineup of micro-brew beer and wine. Hurricane Grill & Wings™ has won several awards and honors nationally including being named to Entrepreneur Magazine's Hot 100 List (the fastest-growing businesses in America); Restaurant Business magazine's Future 50 (a listing of the fastest growing chains with annual sales between $25 and $50 million); Franchise Times magazine's Fast 55 (fastest growing franchises); and top honors at the National Buffalo Wing Festival, winning the 2009 Chairman's Award, serving more than 28,000 wings in two days. The original Hurricane Grill & Wings™ opened in Fort Pierce, Florida, in 1995. Currently, there are 32 locations across the country, including Arizona, Florida, Ohio and New York, with additional restaurants planned nationwide.