April 01, 2015 // Franchising.com // SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The Joint Corp. (Nasdaq: JYNT) today announced that Curtis (Curt) Gray, a seasoned retail executive with a 30-year track record of helping retail organizations improve store operations, develop new concepts and expand into new markets, has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Operations.
Gray will apply his prodigious experience in improving on and expanding retail concepts to help The Joint achieve its aggressive business goals, which includes expanding its brand presence nationally by opening new chiropractic clinics in Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Ohio, California and New Mexico. He will also use his expertise to help the company and its franchisees across a variety of areas, including real estate site selection and development, franchise sales promotion, loyalty marketing and streamlining overall operations. Gray will report to David Orwasher, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Joint Corp.
“With a proven franchise model in a $12 billion dollar industry, we’re making quality healthcare affordable, approachable and convenient for patients—while simplifying business operations for chiropractors and franchise owners,” said Orwasher. “Curt has vast real estate and store opening experience, having been responsible for the site selection, construction and merchandising of more than 300 stores in every state in the U.S. and every province in Canada.”
Before taking this new position at The Joint, Gray spent three years as president and chief operating officer of Utah-based Slaymaker Group Inc., which operates a chain of restaurants that includes T.G.I. Friday’s franchises as well as being the corporate parent of Winger’s Roadhouse Grill. Prior to that position he spent 10 years as owner/principal of Tin Pants Retail Group Inc., an organization that provided temporary chief executive and chief operating officers to retail businesses with turn around, bankruptcy workout and other highly specialized needs. Among the companies he helped at the request of private equity firms were Winder Farms, Paper Zone LLC and San Francisco Music Box Co. He also worked with Stephen Gordon, founder of Restoration Hardware, in developing a retail concept for the Sundance Group LLC.
Gray’s previous experience also includes working with John Richards, the current Chief Executive Officer of The Joint Corp., as Executive Vice President of Dean & Deluca, where he managed all day-to-day operations of the retail stores and cafes. He successfully spearheaded the Starbucks Internet concept of creating a “third place” online as Vice President & Integration Officer for “Starbucks X.”
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with a proven management team led by John Richards and David Orwasher,” said Gray. “They have created a service-based healthcare delivery model with attractive economics that makes it easy for franchisees to operate multiple clinics.”
Gray earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management/Accounting from the Skaggs Institute of Retail Management at Brigham Young University. He is a director of Recovery Ways Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation aiding addiction recovery.
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Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., The Joint…the chiropractic place® is reinventing chiropractic care by making quality alternative healthcare affordable for patients seeking pain relief and ongoing wellness. Our membership plans and packages eliminate the need for insurance, and our no-appointment policy, convenient hours and locations make care more accessible. The Joint performs more than two million spinal adjustments a year across 250+ clinics nationwide. For more information, visit www.thejoint.com, follow us on Twitter @thejointchiro and find us on Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.
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