June 23, 2011 // Franchising.com // (Aliso Viejo, CA) – All-American restaurant Franchisor, Johnny Rockets, today announced the appointments of three seasoned professionals in key leadership positions. As the Company continues to grow, change and improve, so does the makeup of their Restaurant Support Center, responsible for managing about 25 corporate-owned restaurants and a franchise system of about 275 restaurants, around the world.
According to Johnny Rockets President and CEO, John Fuller, "The beginning of our new Fiscal Year has prompted us to implement ways to be more effective for our Franchise Partners and more successful in growing our number of restaurants. To that end, we have brought on some A-players to help us take our Finance, Sales and Development departments to the next level."
In the Finance department, David Kreizinger has been hired as Vice President of Finance, beginning June 20th. He is responsible for monitoring and reporting the performance of the Company and will oversee those areas that help measure performance results, as well as the restaurant and Support Center employees who contribute to the organization's bottom line. Therefore the Accounting, Information Technology and Human Resources departments will now report directly to Kreizinger, as will a new Financial Analyst, once a new one is hired. Kreizinger has been the VP of Hotel Finance for Sunstone Hotel Properties, since October, 2005. Prior to that, he was Controller for Scantron Corporation and Edwards Theatres Management. He graduated from University of California Santa Barbara and currently lives in Irvine.
In Sales, Brett Willis was hired as Senior Vice President of Franchise Sales, on May 16, and brought with him an impressive background within chains that include Arby's and Sonic Drive Ins. With those companies, Willis managed sales activities that resulted in numerous franchising and development agreements that led to hundreds of new restaurants. He earned his Bachelor of Business from Oklahoma State University and his MBA from University of Oklahoma.
New to Johnny Rockets Development department is Mike Chico, who reports to Cris Pangan, VP of Development, as Manager of Facility Design. Most recently, Chico worked with Catalina Restaurant Group, managing architects, engineers, design consultants and contractors from the initial design stages through completion of construction. He has done the same with design and architectural firms for the past 20 plus years.