August 24, 2019
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Franchise Personnel News

Hard Rock International Appoints David Pellow To Senior Vice President Of Company Cafe Operations

Hard Rock International today announced the appointment of David Pellow to Senior Vice President of Company Cafe Operations.

Saladworks Announces Hiring of Kelly Roddy as Chief Executive Officer

Saladworks announced today the appointment chief executive officer Kelly Roddy effective August 1, 2019.

Six Senses Appoints Michael Gaehler As General Manager Of Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Gaehler as the general manager of Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali.

Luby’s Adds Two New Independent Board Directors

Luby's, Inc. (NYSE: LUB) announced today the additions of John Morlock and Randolph Read, new independent directors to its Board of Directors.

Twin Peaks Welcomes Mark Ramage as Director of Franchise Sales Development

Joe Hummel, CEO of Twin Peaks, just announced that industry veteran Mark Ramage will join the team as Director of Franchise Sales Development.

PrideStaff Louisville Staffing and Employment Agency Under New Ownership

PrideStaff, a national, franchised staffing organization, is pleased to announce that its Louisville staffing and employment agency is under new ownership and management.

PrideStaff Fort Worth Staffing and Employment Agency Under New Ownership

PrideStaff, a national, franchised staffing organization, is pleased to announce that its Fort Worth staffing and employment agency is under new ownership and management.

Nestlé® Toll House® Café By Chip® Reopens in the Woodfield Mall Under New Ownership

Freshly baked cookie fans, have no fear – Nestlé® Toll House® Café by Chip® is back at Woodfield Mall!

GYMGUYZ Recruits Seasoned Fitness Industry Expert as Chief Growth Officer

GYMGUYZ LLC has taken a big step forward in its plans for expansion with the hiring of business development veteran Ed Ruane as its new Chief Growth Officer.

Jollibee Foods Corporation Announces Leadership Changes in Smashburger

Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) today announces leadership changes in Smashburger, a business it fully acquired last December 2018, in its aim to successfully grow a meaningful business in North America.

Now Optics, a Leading Eye Health Provider, Announces New Franchise Team

Now Optics today announced, its new franchise business team: Mike Wootton, Joe Malmuth, and William Reno selected to lead My Eyelab’s business opportunity growth, nationally.

El Pollo Loco Names Jason Weintraub as New Chief Legal Officer

El Pollo Loco, Inc. (“El Pollo Loco” or “Company”) (Nasdaq: LOCO), the nation's leading fire-grilled chicken chain, today announced the appointment of Jason Weintraub as Chief Legal Officer, effective August 29.

Children’s Lighthouse Promotes Jenni Hofherr to Director of New School Support

Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers(SM), widely recognized as the leading values-based, early learning schools in the United States, announced today the promotion of Jenni Hofherr as director of new school support.


Dunkin’ Brands Announces New Regional Vice Presidents

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc, the parent company of Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins, has added three experienced industry executives as new Regional Vice Presidents to oversee Dunkin’ operations and development in key regions throughout the country.

Intero Agent Efi Luzon Leverages Vast Experience and Knowledge With the Launch and Management of Intero Capital Markets

Intero, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., is proud to announce that top Intero agent, Efi Luzon, will launch and manage a new division for the company called Intero Capital Markets.

Neighborly® Names Brian Best Senior Vice President, Digital

Neighborly®, the world’s largest franchisor of home service brands, recently announced the immediate appointment of Brian Best as the company’s Senior Vice President, Digital, a new position on Neighborly’s executive marketing team.

Yum Brands Announces CEO Succession Plan To Drive Next Chapter Of Global Growth Effective January 1, 2020

Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) today announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously elected David Gibbs as Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2020, and appointed him to the Company’s Board, effective November 1, 2019.

Global Franchise Group® Poised For Growth with Leadership Additions and New Departments

Global Franchise Group® (GFG) is poised for fast-paced growth with the promotion of Jenn Johnston to Chief Brand Officer and President of Franchise Operations and the addition of restaurant industry veteran Jim Parrish to Chief Operating Officer.

Fastest-Growing Pet Franchise Launches National Initiative to Hire Adults with Autism

Dogtopia, one of the nation's largest and fastest growing pet franchises, has just released a system-wide Autism Employment Manual to equip the company's 100+ franchise locations with the tools needed to hire employees with autism.

Red Robin Announces Addition of Tom G. Conforti, G.J. Hart and David A. Pace to Board of Directors

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ:RRGB) (“Red Robin” or the “Company”) announced it has appointed Tom G. Conforti, G.J. Hart and David A. Pace as new independent directors, effective immediately.

Town Square Eyes Expansion, Announces New Director of Business Operations

Senior Helpers®, the nation's premier provider of in-home senior services, announced that Robert D. Pearce, MBA will join the company as Director of Business Operations of Town Square®.

Tint World® Names Deja Holley as Social Media Manager and Creative Designer

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™, a leading auto accessory and window tinting franchise, has named Deja Holley as social media manager and creative designer.

McDonald's of Greater North Texas Restaurants to Hire Thousands across Dallas-Ft. Worth and Tyler Area

To better serve the community and foster continued economic development, McDonald's of Greater North Texas is looking to hire up to 3,000 new employees during its local Hiring Day event.

Farmer Boys® Launches First-Ever ‘Bacon Intern’ Search!

Attention bacon lovers, your dream job has arrived! Farmer Boys has announced their search for the first-ever “Bacon Intern,” the ultimate internship for pork lovers.

The Little Gym International Promotes Team Members Heather Anderson, Jessica Papa And Samantha Ward Into Leadership Roles

The Little Gym International is thrilled to announce the promotion of Heather Anderson to Vice President of Operations, Jessica Papa to Creative Director and Samantha Ward to Director of Consulting.

Toppers Pizza Introduces New Director of E-Commerce - Digital Veteran Tina Revell Joins Innovative Pizza Franchise, Focuses on Future of Customer Experience

Toppers Pizza is proud to announce the appointment of Tina Revell as their new Director of E-Commerce.

Art Van Furniture Announces Changes to Executive Leadership Team

Art Van Furniture has announced key changes to its leadership team which includes the departure of President and Chief Executive Officer, Ron Boire.

JINYA Holdings Names Vu Nguyen Director of Human Resources

JINYA Holdings, a franchise system compiled of four separate restaurant concepts specializing in gourmet ramen, is pleased to announce Vu Nguyen as its Director of Human Resources.

Brightway Insurance welcomes three new Independent Agents in July

More consumers now have the opportunity to enjoy a better way to shop for insurance as three insurance sales professionals are now on the path to the American dream of business ownership through the Brightway Insurance Independent Agent program.

JINYA Holdings Names Robert Philips Vice President of Marketing

JINYA Holdings, a franchise system compiled of four separate restaurant concepts (led by the iconic JINYA Ramen Bar), is pleased to announce Robert Philips as its new Vice President of Marketing.

Domino's® Appoints Lisa Price Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Domino's Pizza, (NYSE: DPZ), the largest pizza company in the world based on global retail sales, today announced that Lisa V. Price will be joining the company as executive vice president, chief human resources officer, effective Aug. 26.


Retro Fitness Names Former Starbucks Exec CEO

Retro Fitness, a leader in the high value, low price fitness space is excited to announce the appointment of Andrew Alfano as CEO.

Golden Corral Expands Board of Directors with Addition of Two Industry Veterans

Golden Corral, the nation’s largest grill-buffet chain, welcomes Shirley Rogers Reece and Mark Nelson to its Board of Directors. Rogers Reece and Nelson bring to the board nearly 60 years of industry and leadership experience.

City Wide Bolsters its National Business Development with Divisional Vice President

City Wide Franchise, the franchise counterpart of the nation's premier building maintenance management company, announced today the appointment of Ryan Sklar to the role of Divisional Vice President of National Business.

Black Bear Diner Adds First Chief People Officer, Tammy Johns, to Executive Team

Black Bear Diner has announced that Human Resources (HR) executive Tammy Johns has joined the company as its first Chief People Officer (CPO). Johns will report directly to Black Bear Diner President and Chief Financial Officer Anita Adams.

ServiceMaster Names Deborah H. Caplan to Board of Directors

ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV) today announced the appointment of Deborah H. Caplan to its board of directors.

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Names George Carrara and David Kanen to Board of Directors

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) announced today that George Carrara and David Kanen have been appointed to its Board of Directors.

Tin Drum Asian Kitchen Announces New Leadership Team

Atlanta-based Tin Drum Asian Kitchen has a new leadership team to lead the growing fast causal Pan-Asian restaurant.

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Yum! Brands Appoints Taco Bell Division And Pizza Hut Division Chief Executive Officers To Drive Global Brand Strategies And Growth

Yum! Brands, Inc. announced that it has appointed Taco Bell Division and Pizza Hut Division Chief Executive Officers.

Children’s Lighthouse Taps Shelly Pair as Director of Operations

Children's Lighthouse Learning Centers?, widely recognized as the leading values-based, early learning schools in the United States, announced today the appointment of Shelly Pair as Director of Operations.

Gap Inc. Announces Nancy Green to Join Old Navy as President and Chief Creative Officer

Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced that Nancy Green, who currently leads the Athleta brand, will shift in early August to a newly created role as President and Chief Creative Officer of Old Navy.

Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More® Hops Through 2019 With Growth and New CEO

Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More® has been experiencing massive development throughout the first half of 2019.

Dunkin’ Brands Announces Appointment Of Stephanie Lilak As Chief Human Resources Officer

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins, today announced the appointment of Stephanie Lilak as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.

Moe’s Southwest Grill® Welcomes Jason Gronlund as New Executive Chef

Moe’s Southwest Grill® gives Jason Gronlund, Executive Chef a proud “Welcome to Moe’s” greeting as he joins the team.


Signarama Announces New Director of Marketing

Signarama, a brand of United Franchise Group and the world’s largest sign franchise, announced today the addition of marketing industry leader, Kristin Gallucci to assume the position of Director of Marketing.

Conrad Koh Samui Appoints Ruben Gabino as General Manager

Conrad Koh Samui has appointed Ruben Dario Gabino as General Manager.

Cheryl Bosa Joins Engel & Völkers Fort Lauderdale

Engel & Völkers today announced that Cheryl Bosa has joined its Fort Lauderdale brokerage as the head of the Sports & Entertainment Division, bringing over 33 years of unique personal and professional experience to help best service her...

Suite Management Franchising Bolsters Its Corporate Team

Suite Management Franchising, the nation’s premier salon suite franchise housing both MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza, has spent the first half of the year building its largest corporate team to date.

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United Franchise Group Names Bob Andersen To Director Of Sales For Its Food Division

Jim Butler, President of the food division at United Franchise Group (UFG) has named restaurant industry leader, Bob Andersen to its Director of Sales position.

Home Helpers Observes National Hire a Veteran Day

Home Helpers® Home Care will commemorate National Hire a Veteran Day this July 25 by pushing through the home stretch of its recruitment goal to hire 3,000 veterans and service families.

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Features & Special Reports

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop’s Service Standard Is A Cut Above

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop is a brand that seeks feedback from its customers, recognizes and rewards employees, and utilizes a system that ensures standards are enforced. This results in loyal customers who keep coming back.

Making the Cut: Ex-MLB Pitcher Finds Success in Franchising

Former MLB pitcher Kyle Sleeth is throwing a perfect game with Floyd's 99 Barbershop.

Entering a Foreign Market – Resources To Help You Succeed

If you're a U.S. franchise brand looking to enter a foreign market, these resources are for you!

Multi-Brand Operators Open Their First of 7 Del Tacos In Atlanta

Multi-Brand Partners Are Bringing Del Taco To The Atlanta Market With An Agreement To Open 7 Locations.

Domino's, McDonald's, and KFC Air Brexit-Related Warnings on Supplies, Prices

U.S. firms operating in the U.K. warn of shortages and price hikes amidst Brexit uncertainty.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit Enters South America with a 100-Unit Deal in Brazil

Texas-style barbecue coming to Brazil in a 100-unit deal for Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Franchise Brands Continue Outperforming S&P 500 Index

Index Finds Franchise Brands Are Outperforming S&P Stocks 2 To 1.

Capital Options - Mezzanine Debt Lenders

Exploring The Features And Benefits Of Mezzanine Debt Lenders In Multi-Unit Operator Expansion.

Good News! - August 2019

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