BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - February 22, 2011) - UFood Restaurant Group Inc. (OTCBB: UFFC) announced today that the company has formed a Health & Nutrition Advisory Panel, comprised of current and retired military members, to advise the company as it continues to explore development opportunities on military bases. The company plans to expand the panel in line with its growth in other trade channels.
"As a veteran myself, I remember well the physical demands of being in the military," said UFood CEO George Naddaff. "We are working on bringing UFood's health-focused food to military bases, which would provide our troops with delicious, fresh, fast and nutritious meals that would support their rigorous training. We look forward to partnering with our esteemed panel members to gain insight into the needs of this special population as we continue to explore development in this new channel."
UFood Grill is committed to offering consumers food that is both delicious and nutritious, with a wide-ranging menu that includes lean burgers, rice bowls, salads, wraps and smoothies. The company currently has eight locations in Boston, Dallas and Cleveland, including airports, urban areas and Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.
Among other activities, the volunteer panel will convene bi-annually to review menu development and discuss trends in health, nutrition and diet, in particular, the dietary needs of the military.
Lori Tubbs, MS, RD, CSSD: A Department of Defense employee, Ms. Tubbs is a nutritionist who works as part of a training team for Naval Special Warfare in Virginia. For the past twelve years, she has developed nutrition programs for Navy SEALS based on sports dietetics, focused on keeping these high performing military athletes in top condition.
John Howell, Chairman, Willowdale Financial Partners LLC: Mr. Howell currently serves as chairman of Willowdale Financial Partners, a national commercial financial enterprise based in Burke, Virginia, which provides full spectrum corporate financial services. Mr. Howell's public career includes service as a combat arms officer in the U.S. Army and as a field officer of the CIA. He has extensive experience collaborating with United States' government agencies and global allies on national security issues. Through a variety of healthcare initiatives, Mr. Howell continues a family tradition of public health and nutrition leadership. A member of several corporate and civic boards, Mr. Howell was a Fulbright Scholar, member of Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge (UK), and a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina.
Raymund C. King, MD, JD, FICS: Based in Plano, Texas, Dr. King began his career as an Otolaryngologist/Head and Neck Surgeon. Since becoming an attorney, Dr. King leverages his extensive network of contacts and legal expertise to form companies, capitalize companies, and buy or sell companies. Featured in Forbes Magazine's 2008 "Texas Legal Profiles," Fortune Magazine's 2007 "America's Premier Lawyers," and named a Texas SuperLawyer "Rising Star" in Healthcare Law, Dr. King represents a broad range of clients, ranging from health care systems, hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs), and health care providers.
In addition to serving as general counsel to many healthcare and non-healthcare entities, Dr. King is also a frequent litigation consultant. He has counseled companies regarding matters such as mergers and acquisitions, HIPAA compliance, healthcare regulation, commercial real estate, healthcare facility development, and deposition preparations prior to trial.
Major General Paul W. "Bill" Essex (Ret.): At retirement, Maj. Gen. Paul W. "Bill" Essex was Commander and Chief Executive Officer, Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), Dallas, Texas. General Essex entered the Air Force in 1973 as a distinguished graduate of Miami University's ROTC program. He served as installation commander at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., where his units won Department of Defense-level awards for environmental programs and overall installation excellence. As Deputy Director of NATO's Reaction Force Air Staff, he successfully led planners from 19 nations in some of NATO's first large scale peacekeeping exercises. General Essex also served as Mission Area Director for Global Reach programs at the Pentagon, overseeing a $37 billion acquisition portfolio to provide modern cargo and tanker aircraft, trainers, special operations forces and VIP airlift, and the needed support for these systems.
Prior to assuming command of AAFES, General Essex was Director of Plans and Programs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill., where he was responsible for force structure planning and programming, doctrine, requirements, manpower and analysis for the nation's airlift and refueling force.
Hon. William A. Chatfield: Mr. Chatfield has a long and distinguished career in service, beginning with his 35 years of active and reserve duty with the United States Marine Corps. His government positions have included: Regional Director of the Civil Aeronautics Board; Special Assistant to the Director, Office of Personnel Management; Assistant to the Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission; Special Assistant for Congressional Liaison in the Department of the Interior; and Staff Advisor to the Commissioner at the Interstate Commerce Commission. He was nominated by President George W. Bush to be Director of Selective Service in 2004, a position he was confirmed to by the Senate. From 1989 to 2004, he was a partner in the lobbying firm Kindness & Chatfield Associates.
Col. William J. Blalock (Ret.): A native of Decatur, Illinois William Blalock graduated from the University of Illinois in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation, he attended OCS and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in April 1979.
Blalock went on to experience a successful 25 year career in the military. He worked as an instructor in all facets of Marine fixed wing aviation and as a Flight Officer, NATOPS Officer and Line Division Officer. As Aviation Maintenance Officer he led the transition from start to full combat ready in a record six months. During Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Blalock served as Director of Strike Interdiction for theater air operations. He went on to hold positions as Commanding Officer, Deputy Commander and Assistant Wing Commander. Throughout his career, Blalock furthered his military education at the Naval Fighter Weapons School, the Marine Corps Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, the Naval Safety School, National Defense University and Naval War college. He completed multiple deployments during his service including to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.
In August 2004, Col. Blalock assumed the duties of Deputy Commander, MAG-41 at NAS-JRB Fort Worth, Texas. Col. Blalock has accumulated over 4,200 accident free flight hours in military aircraft and 18,000 civilian hours. His personal decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Since 1986, Blalock has worked for American Airlines as a Captain and Check Airman. He has trained for and qualified as Captain on five different aircrafts and has built and implemented various training courses and scenarios for hundreds of crew members.
Rear Admiral Mark R. Milliken (Ret.): Rear Adm. Milliken graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in June of 1975. In October 1976, during his advanced flight training in Airborne Tactical Data Systems for the E-2C Hawkeye, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer.
His career included numerous international assignments, including: Flag Lieutenant and Personal Aide to the Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces Southern Europe and Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe in Naples, Italy; Commander, USS Independence (CV 62), Yokosuka, Japan; and Executive Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe/Commander in Chief, U.S. European Command at the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers, Europe, Mons, Belgium.
In November 2000, Rear Adm. Milliken reported to United States Naval Forces Central Command for assignment as the Deputy Commander, stationed at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Fla. At retirement, Rear Adm. Milliken was the Director, Navy International Programs Office reporting to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) for all Department of the Navy International Programs, including Foreign Military Sales, Security Assistance, International Cooperative Programs, and Technology Transfer. Rear Adm. Milliken's decorations include Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2 awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards) and various campaign and unit awards.
Headquartered in Boston, Mass., UFood Restaurant Group, Inc. is a franchisor and operator of fast-casual food service restaurants. UFood Grill offers a healthy lifestyle alternative to consumers in the fast-casual restaurant space and is positioned to become a leading player in the "better-for-you" quick-serve restaurant category. The Company is led by franchise innovator George Naddaff, who founded Boston Market and led the franchising of several companies including Sylvan Learning Center and VR Business Brokers. Mr. Naddaff has assembled a veteran management team with a successful record in the franchise market. UFood is currently launching a growth plan to franchise nationwide. To learn more, visit www.ufoodgrill.com
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