Former Executive Vice President, Anderson will Now Oversee Operations and Continued Growth of Brand
West Palm Beach, FL (RestaurantNews.com) The award winning and rapidly expanding fast-casual concept, serving a popular chef-inspired Mediterranean menu, The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill, announced today that Bob Andersen will now serve as Brand President. Andersen most recently held the position of Executive Vice President of the United Franchise Group (UFG) food division including The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill and Jon Smith Subs.
With nearly 30 years of leadership experience in franchising, new unit development and restaurant operations, Andersen is highly regarded as a restaurant industry leader. Andersen has a successful track record in growing emerging restaurant brands and leading teams in the quick service, fast causal, and full-service restaurant industries.
UFG began franchising The Great Greek in 2018 after partnering with co-founders Nick A. Della Penna and Trent Jones. Della Penna who was the interim President for The Great Greek, is a third-generation restaurateur with over 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including the role of vice president of Food and Beverage at the Excalibur® Hotel and Casino, while Jones has many years of experience as a real estate and small business entrepreneur. Together, they purchased the first The Great Greek in Henderson, NV in 2016. Today, the co-founders own seven locations in Nevada and one in Florida with two more under development.
Since 2011, The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill has operated with the vision of serving delicious chef inspired Mediterranean flavor and hospitality in a plentiful way that offers the best value of fast casual restaurant experience. Ten years later, the brand enjoys an unprecedented number of loyal customers, proven systems, unit economics, and new restaurant openings.
“As we continue to secure multi-unit franchise development agreements and prepare to open multiple Great Greek locations across the nation and internationally, it is the right time to bring in Bob Andersen,” said Della Penna. “The Great Greek delivers a guest experience unlike any other in our category and Bob’s diverse perspective, extensive operations experience, and passion for delivering best-in-class brand experience makes him an important part of the brand’s future.”
Currently, The Great Greek has 141 franchise locations either open or in development both domestically and internationally, with Houston, Dallas, Phoenix and Charlotte, being key markets for the brand while other areas of interest include Atlanta, South Florida, Nashville, and Columbus.
“I look forward to leading the brand to continued growth domestically and internationally while fostering relationships with new franchisees along the way,” said Andersen. “It’s a great brand to be a part of and I’m excited to lead the team through this next chapter of growth.”
Prior to United Franchise Group, Andersen served as the CEO of Jimboy’s Tacos, where he led the team in a reorganization, rebranding and relaunch of the brands franchise program. His team achieved unprecedented results by enhancing the brand’s customer experience, year over year store sales and systemwide sales growth. Andersen was also the first franchisee and area developer, a multi-unit owner and operator of the Cowboy Chicken Restaurant brand. He also served as President for the Dallas-based franchiser, Mooyah Burgers & Fries, an emerging “better burger” concept, as well as Managing Director of Franchise Development at Boston Pizza Restaurants.
The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill is seeking single-unit or multi-unit developers. The brand’s initial franchise fee is $39,500 with a total investment cost ranging $476,050 – $798,250. For more information about The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill, visit TheGreatGreekGrillFranchise.com.
About The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill
The award-winning Great Greek Mediterranean Grill was co-founded in 2011 by two third-generation culinary trained restaurateurs with more than 30 years of experience in the food and hospitality business, Nick A. Della Penna and Trent Jones, who purchased The Great Greek’s first location in Henderson, Nevada. After successfully opening two additional Las Vegas locations, Della Penna and Jones started franchising the concept with United Franchise Group and have seen ongoing success. United Franchise Group is comprised of ten affiliated companies and brands with more than 1,600 franchisees in more than 80 countries.
About United Franchise Group
Led by CEO Ray Titus, United Franchise Group is home to a variety of brands including Signarama, Fully Promoted, Experimax, Jon Smith Subs, Venture X, Transworld Business Advisors, Network Lead Exchange, Accurate Franchising, ROI, The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill, and Graze Craze. With over three decades in the franchising industry and more than 1600 franchisees throughout the world, United Franchise Group offers unprecedented leadership and solid business opportunities for entrepreneurs.
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Wichita, KS (RestaurantNews.com) Fast-casual restaurant concept Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers®, announced today the addition of multiple new members joining the development team, which will be led by Andrew Thengvall, who was recently appointed to Chief Development Officer. For the last six years, Thengvall has served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Growth & Chief Legal Officer. In his new role, he will oversee the company’s most recent additions including Mary Coots, Director of Franchise Development, and Todd Phelps, Director of Franchise Real Estate.
“Andrew Thengvall’s dedication to advising and strengthening the Freddy’s brand has been stellar and we have the utmost trust in his ability to continue to accelerate our franchise growth in this expanded position,” said Chris Dull, CEO. “We are thrilled that he has taken on this new role and excited to see him lead this skilled and enthusiastic team of experts to capitalize on our opportunities for expansion, as one of the fastest-growing franchises in the country.”
Upon joining Freddy’s in 2015, Thengvall brought more than 10 years of legal experience, followed by the more than six years of experience he has gained at the company in the area of Strategic Franchise Growth.
Todd Phelps joined the Freddy’s team in June 2021 and his past experience includes Real Estate Director at The Wendy’s Company as well as Real Estate Manager positions at RetailCorridor.com, Great Clips, and GolfTEC.
“I’m very excited to welcome Mary and Todd to our team and look forward to the new ideas and expertise they will bring to the brand’s franchise development strategy,” said Andrew Thengvall, Chief Development Officer. “In the midst of such an exciting period of growth for Freddy’s, their combined wealth of franchise sales and real estate experience will be a valuable asset as we define our growth plans and decisions. I look forward to leading this team as we accelerate Freddy’s momentum and drive the concept’s footprint throughout markets nationwide.”
These investments in the company’s development leadership team are fueled by Freddy’s continued surge in franchise growth and ongoing success systemwide. Thengvall’s team will be responsible for establishing market prioritization, franchise sales, DMA management, identifying prospective new franchisees, and coaching prospects through the discovery process. Together, the group brings over three decades of franchise experience combined, in addition to Thengvall’s 10+ years of legal experience.
Franchise opportunities remain in areas across the U.S., including the Northeast, Upper Midwest, California, Florida, Oregon, and Washington and large metro areas such as Pittsburgh and many of its surrounding markets. For more information about development opportunities, contact Mary Coots, Director of Franchise Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 316-719-7854, or visit https://freddysfranchising.com.
Co-founded in 2002 by Scott Redler and Bill, Randy and Freddy Simon, Freddy’s opened its first location in Wichita, Kansas, offering a unique combination of cooked-to-order Steakburgers seasoned with Freddy’s Famous Steakburger & Fry Seasoning®, Vienna® Beef hot dogs, shoestring fries paired with Freddy’s Famous Fry Sauce® and frozen custard that is freshly churned throughout the day. The brand was acquired by private equity firm Thompson Street Capital Partners in March of 2021. Today, Freddy’s has grown to more than 400 locations that serve 32 states across the nation from California to Pennsylvania, Virginia, down the East Coast states to Florida. Freddy’s has been named No. 1 on Forbes Best Franchises to Buy, The 2021 Restaurant Business 10 Fastest Growing Chains in the U.S. List, Entrepreneur’s 2021 Franchise 500 top 100, Franchise Times magazine’s 2020 Fast & Serious top 40 and many other nationwide and local industry awards. For more on Freddy’s, visit the Newsroom and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news.
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MOD Super Fast Pizza Holdings, LLC (“MOD Pizza,” “MOD” or the “Company”), the purpose-led, people-first fast casual pizza pioneer, today announced the addition of Jill Golder to its Board of Directors. Ms. Golder, a veteran in the restaurant industry, spent more than three decades in finance leadership at category-leading brands. Ms. Golder is a current board member of ABM Industries, where she serves on the audit and governance committees and of IZEA Worldwide, where she chairs the audit committee and serves on the governance committee.
Ms. Golder has dedicated her 30-plus-year career to the restaurant industry. She most recently served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. where she led restaurant and retail financial functions, with oversight of corporate finance, investor relations, strategic planning, internal audit, quality assurance, treasury, and technology and information services. Prior to this role, Ms. Golder was executive vice president and chief financial officer at Ruby Tuesday and was chief financial officer at Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants. Notably, she also spent more than two decades with Darden Restaurants, one of the largest restaurant companies in the U.S., leading finance teams across several brands including Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Smokey Bones, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V’s Prime Seafood.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jill to the MOD Board, where her deep industry and financial leadership experience will be a strong addition. We will look to her expertise and counsel as we continue to deepen our impact across existing markets and transition into the next phase of growth for MOD,” said Scott Svenson, co-founder and CEO of MOD.
MOD currently has more than 500 locations system-wide across 28 states and Canada, with plans for continued growth for the foreseeable future.
ABOUT MOD PIZZA:
MOD Pizza is a purpose-led, people-first brand founded in Seattle in 2008 by serial entrepreneurs Scott and Ally Svenson. MOD serves individual artisan-style pizzas and salads that are made on demand, allowing customers to create their own pizzas and salads with any combination of over 30 toppings, all for one incredible price. MOD is committed to creating not only a cool place to eat, but an inspired place to work. MOD recently earned a spot on the Fortune 2019 “Change the World” list, for its purpose-led culture and commitment to provide opportunities to individuals with barriers to employment. The Company has also been named America’s fastest growing chain restaurant by Technomic for four years running and named the most loved pizza brand by Foodable Network. MOD has earned a spot on the Inc.5000 list and has been recognized by Fortune as one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Retail,” a “Best Workplace for Women,” a “Best Workplace for Millennials,” and a “Best Workplace for Diversity.” For more information, please visit www.modpizza.com or connect with the brand via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Atlanta, GA (RestaurantNews.com) Krystal Restaurants LLC, recently announced the appointment of Kaitlin Stoehr as Director of Marketing. The Georgia State University graduate will oversee planning out the marketing calendar and product innovation for the original quick-service restaurant chain in the South. Stoehr will be reporting directly to Alice Crowder, Krystal’s new Chief Marketing Officer.
Kaitlin Stoehr comes from a background in the quick service restaurant industry. Prior to joining Krystal, Stoehr served as Manager, National Calendar & Activation for Tropical Smoothie Café, a fast-casual concept known for its better-for-you-smoothies and food with a tropical twist. She also served as Brand Marketing Manager and Brand Marketing Specialist for McAlister’s Deli, the fast casual restaurant that serves hand-crafted sandwiches, soups and salads.
“I am ecstatic to be part of the Krystal team,” shared Stoehr. “My past experiences have brought me to where I am today and I am so thankful that I get to showcase my skillset with this amazing brand.”
For more information about Krystal, visit www.Krystal.com.