NORTHBROOK, IL, June 28, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Honoring Bojangles' status as one of the fastest growing restaurant companies nationally, the Charlotte Business Journal has awarded Eric Newman, executive vice president and general counsel for Bojangles' Restaurants Inc., with its inaugural Corporate Counsel Award.
The Charlotte Business Journal solicited nominations from readers and lawyers were evaluated by a judging panel provided by the Association of Corporate Counsel's Charlotte chapter and the CBJ editorial staff. Winners were recognized in several categories based on the size of their departments. Staff ranged from the solo practitioner to those with more than 30 attorneys. Newman competed in the category of legal departments with a staff of two to 10.
"Eric's 27 years of experience at Bojangles' is matched only by the breadth of his responsibilities, overseeing the departments of Franchise Development, Real Estate, Construction and Law," said President and CEO Randy Kibler. "Regardless of economic times, Eric's focus and dedication has been paramount to the success of our company."
Founded in 1977 in Charlotte, N.C., Bojangles' Restaurants Inc. serves only the highest quality and most flavorful food to its loyal customers, with all of its proprietary menu items made from scratch. A special blend of seasonings gives the food its unique flavor, including Bojangles' core menu selections of seasoned chicken, fresh-made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits and Legendary Iced Tea steeped the old-fashioned way. Bojangles' also offers biscuit sandwiches that are served all day. Unique sides like Dirty Rice , Cajun Pintos and Seasoned Fries are just a few of the flavorful fixin' choices. First franchised in 1978, Bojangles' boasts more than 500 locations in 10 states and Washington, D.C., primarily in the Southeast.
In the 2011 Nation's Restaurant News survey, Bojangles' ranked number one in terms of growth in the chicken category. Among drive-thru concepts, Bojangles' was the fastest growing chain in the same survey. QSR magazine recognized Bojangles' in its list of 2011 "Top 10 Franchise Opportunities" and Franchise Times listed the brand as one of its top 100 franchise chains by worldwide sales in 2011. Inc magazine has included Bojangles' in its list of fastest growing private companies for several years. The company's strong performance in all three day parts, breakfast all day and its "made-from-scratch" recipes set Bojangles' apart from all other restaurants. For more information, visit http://www.bojangles.com.