Grants Pass, OR (RestaurantNews.com) Dutch Bros Inc. (NYSE: BROS; “Dutch Bros” or the “Company”) one of the fastest-growing brands in the food service and restaurant industry in the United States by location count, announced that it will name Christine Barone as President. Ms. Barone will begin in Q1 2023 and report to Joth Ricci, who will remain in his leadership role as CEO.
Ms. Barone has worked in the food service and beverage industries for more than a decade and most recently served as Chief Executive Officer at True Food Kitchen, a high growth restaurant and lifestyle brand, since August 2016. Prior to that, she served in various leadership roles at Starbucks. Earlier in her career, she held positions with Bain & Company and Raymond James. She holds a BA in Applied Mathematics and an MBA from Harvard University.
As President of Dutch Bros, Ms. Barone will spearhead company operations as the brand continues to scale towards its goal of 4,000 shops in the next 10 to 15 years. Her hands-on leadership, deep knowledge of the coffee and service industries, and digital marketing expertise will be crucial in Dutch Bros’ next phase of growth.
“We’re pleased to welcome Christine to our team. She’s a well-respected industry leader known for her incredible strategic and operational skills,” Ricci said. “As we look to the next phase of our brand story, we’re committed to bringing in best-in-class leadership to help us scale and grow.”
Ms. Barone said, “I’m inspired by the vision of the co-founder and the executive leadership and excited by Dutch Bros’ future. I’m looking forward to helping the brand navigate its next phase of growth and continue making a meaningful difference in the lives of customers and employees. As a team, we will continue to build on Dutch Bros’ unique culture and celebrate the people and actions that make this company great.”
About Dutch Bros Inc.
Dutch Bros Inc. (NYSE: BROS) is a high growth operator and franchisor of drive-thru shops that focus on serving high QUALITY, hand-crafted beverages with unparalleled SPEED and superior SERVICE. Founded in 1992 by brothers Dane and Travis Boersma, Dutch Bros began with a double-head espresso machine and a pushcart in Grants Pass, Oregon. While espresso-based beverages are still at the core of what we do, Dutch Bros now offers a wide variety of unique, customizable cold and hot beverages that delight a broad array of customers. We believe Dutch Bros is more than just the products we serve – we are dedicated to making a massive difference in the lives of our employees, customers and communities. This combination of hand-crafted and high-quality beverages, our unique drive-thru experience and our community-driven, people-first culture has allowed us to successfully open new shops and continue to share the “Dutch Luv” at 641 locations across 14 states as of September 30, 2022.
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NASHVILLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Restaurant Growth Services, LLC (“RGS”) announced today the promotion of Clint Lautenschleger to Chief People Officer (“CPO”). Lautenschleger will also serve as CPO for the O’Charley’s and Ninety Nine restaurant brands. As CPO, Lautenschleger will be responsible for leadership of all aspects of human resources management including professional development, talent acquisition and benefits along with legal and risk management.
“Clint has demonstrated extraordinary talent in managing the strategy and processes in support of building while also retaining the talent that is so important for our restaurant brands,” said W. Craig Barber, CEO of Restaurant Growth Services. “Moving forward, his approach to people management and development will remain central to our focus of attracting, retaining and developing the best talent to ensure that all of our brands continue to deliver the very best experience to our guests.”
He joined Restaurant Growth Services in July 2021 after 22 years of human resource experience as Vice President of Human Resources and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Human Resources last November. Prior to joining Restaurant Growth Services, Clint served as Vice President of Field HR Services for Cracker Barrel.
“It has been an incredible journey at RGS thus far and I am excited to see what the future holds for our brands and team,” said Lautenschleger. “I am absolutely focused on helping create and foster an environment where our team members feel empowered in their respective roles and explore the wonderful opportunities our brands can offer to achieve their professional and personal fulfillment. In addition, I am excited to lead the company’s commitment to provide an inclusive workplace where people can bring their genuine selves to work every day.”
About Restaurant Growth Services
Restaurant Growth Services, LLC (formerly ABRH, LLC) is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, and provides a host of management services for restaurant brands. The services include executive leadership, strategy, operational oversight, supply chain, technology, human resources, benefits, financial reporting, treasury management, legal counsel, training and more.
Restaurant Industry Veteran Brings More Than 25 Years Experience to Growing Brand
Atlanta, GA (RestaurantNews.com) Taco Mac, Georgia’s largest and fastest-growing sports bar brand, is known for its fresh, never-frozen wings, extensive list of craft beers and large televisions for sports viewing. Effective Nov. 15, 2022, Taco Mac has hired industry veteran Paul Baldasaro as its new chief operating officer to further strengthen operations, accelerate the adoption of operational and technological innovations and prepare the brand for rapid restaurant unit growth.
Baldasaro brings more than 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry to his new position. He has been an integral part in developing and growing casual dining brands throughout his career. He most recently served as president and CEO of Hickory Tavern, a 25-unit sports bar brand based in Charlotte, where he led an operational transformation, successfully navigated through the COVID-19 pandemic, stabilized employee turnover and improved same store sales. He has a track record for reenergizing legacy brands through the lens of their core guests and outlining a path forward that streamlines operations and delivers more fully on the consumers’ needs.
His new role at Taco Mac is a homecoming for Baldasaro, who has served as COO for two Atlanta-based restaurant companies – Mellow Mushroom and Buckhead Life Restaurant Group. Baldasaro also is a past board chairman of the Georgia Restaurant Association.
At a time when many restaurants are closing their doors due to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Taco Mac has seen positive year-over-year sales and is expanding, having opened its 27th location in Gainesville, Georgia, last month. Since 2020, Taco Mac has opened three new restaurants and has four restaurant openings planned for 2023, including Macon, Conyers and Dawsonville in Georgia and Pelham, Alabama. Baldasaro is joining the 43-year-old brand at a time of rapid growth.
“I am thrilled that Paul has joined our leadership team,” says Taco Mac CEO Harold Martin, Jr. “He is an experienced and disciplined leader with high integrity and deep experience in all facets of restaurant operations. He also has a passion for creating magical hospitality experiences. Paul’s leadership will help accelerate our growth and better serve our loyal guests, our passionate team members and the local communities we serve.”
“I have been dining at Taco Mac since I moved to Atlanta more than 15 years ago,” says Baldasaro. “I am excited to join the Taco Mac family and work alongside a world-class leadership team to help write the next chapter of the Taco Mac story.”
As chief operating officer, Baldasaro will be responsible for leading the operations and training teams. In 2019, Taco Mac received the GRACE Award for Restaurateur of the Year from the Georgia Restaurant Association.
About Taco Mac
A Georgia institution since 1979, Taco Mac offers a wide variety of beers on draft, the Southeast’s Original Buffalo wings and multiple HDTVs for enjoying all your favorite sporting events. Started by two friends from Buffalo, New York, Taco Mac now has 27 locations across Georgia and Tennessee. Over the years, Taco Mac has garnered numerous accolades and most recently has been named among the “Best Sports Bars in Atlanta” by Thrillist; one of “The 15 Best Sports Bars in Atlanta” by Foursquare; the best sports bar in Georgia in The Daily Meal’s roundup of “Best Sports Bar in Every State;” and one of the “Best Places to Watch College and NFL Football in Atlanta” by Eater. The eatery also made USA Today’s 10 Best list of “Best Sports Bars in Atlanta.” For more information, visit tacomac.com.
Flitman to Bring More Than 35 Years of Leadership, Food Distribution, Supply Chain and Commercial Experience to Build Upon US Foods’ Momentum
Rosemont, IL (RestaurantNews.com) US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD), one of the largest foodservice distributors in the United States, today announced that Dave Flitman will become Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective Jan. 5, 2023. Flitman will also be a member of the US Foods Board of Directors (the “Board”).
Flitman brings to the company a wealth of global business leadership, executive management skills and extensive commercial distribution experience, along with significant expertise in operational excellence, supply chain, and general management with more than 35 years of experience in manufacturing and distribution across multiple industries, including food distribution.
“After a thoughtful and thorough search for the future leader of our great company, I am thrilled that Dave Flitman will join US Foods as Chief Executive Officer and a member of our talented Board,” said Bob Dutkowsky, Executive Chairman, US Foods. “Dave is a highly accomplished executive who brings an impressive combination of CEO, supply chain and commercial experience and a proven track record of driving operational excellence, profitable growth, shareholder returns and a people-centric, high-performing culture. On behalf of our Board, I am delighted to welcome Dave to the US Foods team.”
“This is a perfect time to join US Foods,” said Flitman. “It’s an honor and a privilege to lead US Foods into the future, alongside its talented 28,000 associates. I look forward to building on the current momentum the team has built in executing the company’s long-range plan, driving operational excellence, creating value for our customers and shareholders and fostering a culture where associates thrive.”
Since April 2021, Flitman has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Builders FirstSource, the largest U.S. supplier of building products, prefabricated components and value-added services with annual revenues of approximately $23 billion. He was President and Chief Executive Officer at BMC Stock Holdings prior to the merger of the two companies. In these roles, he led his teams to consistently deliver industry-leading growth and profitability, exceed merger-related synergies in less than half the committed time and generate significant returns for shareholders.
Importantly, Flitman brings to the company significant knowledge and experience in the food distribution industry. From 2015 to 2018, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Performance Foodservice, the largest segment of Performance Food Group, a U.S. foodservice distribution company.
Prior to that, he served as Chief Operating Officer and President, USA & Latin America at Univar; Senior Executive Vice President at Nalco; Executive Vice President and President, Water and Process Services at Ecolab and President at Allegheny Power. Flitman began his career at DuPont where he spent two decades in various operational, commercial and global business leadership positions.
In addition to his previous experience as a director of Builders FirstSource and BMC Stock Holdings, Flitman also has been a director since 2017 at Veritiv Corporation, a leading packaging distribution company, where he is currently a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and chair of the Compensation and Leadership Development Committee.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University.
With a permanent CEO in place, Bob Dutkowsky will become non-executive Chairman of the US Foods Board of Directors effective Jan. 5, 2023.
Andrew Iacobucci, Interim CEO, will continue to lead US Foods until Flitman joins the company.
“I want to thank Andrew for his steadfast leadership over the past several months and as we finish the year,” said Dutkowsky. “In his interim role, he drove strong progress in executing our long-range plan as demonstrated in our third-quarter 2022 results.”
About US Foods
With a promise to help its customers Make It, US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With 70 broadline locations and more than 80 cash and carry stores, US Foods and its 28,000 associates provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. Visit www.usfoods.com to learn more.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Nov. 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. (OTCQX: MHGU), the nation’s premier franchise operator, today announced that the Company’s Board of Directors appointed John W. Inwright to serve on the Board of Directors until the Company’s 2023 Annual Shareholders Meeting.
Speaking on behalf of the Board, CEO Robert Schermer said, “We are pleased to welcome John Inwright to the Board of Directors. John brings over 25 years of restaurant industry experience in high profile supply chain leadership roles including President and CEO of the Wendy’s Quality Supply Chain Cooperative (QSCC), EVP & Chief Procurement Officer of U.S. Foodservice, and SVP of Purchasing for Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-op, LLC (the supply chain co-op for Yum! Brands and its franchisees).”
John’s unique perspective on restaurant supply chain management and new product development will be particularly valuable in our Wendy’s and Taco John’s multi-state development efforts.
Mr. Inwright currently serves on the board of Diversified Food Supply and The Bama Companies as well as numerous restaurant industry advisory boards.
The Company plans to expand its restaurant operations to 500 restaurants, through the development of Wendy’s, Taco John’s and Morning Belle restaurants over the next 5 years. Meritage continues to provide best in class results through a performance-based culture committed to operational excellence, strategic acquisitions, and real estate development.
Meritage Hospitality Group, Inc. is the nation’s premier franchise operator, with 351 restaurants in operation located in Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Meritage is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, operating with a workforce of approximately 11,000 employees. The Company has approximately 9.7 million (fully diluted) common shares outstanding. The Company’s public filings can be viewed at www.otcmarkets.com, under the stock symbol MHGU, or the Company’s website www.meritagehospitality.com.
ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) (“Papa Johns”) today announced the appointment of Elias Reyna as the Company’s new Chief People and Diversity Officer. Mr. Reyna, who will begin his new position on November 28, will lead globally the human resources; diversity, equity and inclusion; talent recruiting and management; total rewards; and employee relations functions, reporting to president and CEO Rob Lynch.
Mr. Reyna joins Papa Johns from ABM Industries where he was Vice President Human Resources, Manufacturing and Distribution. At ABM he was a member of the Manufacturing and Distribution senior leadership team where he drove the talent strategy and cultural transformation for a high-growth business.
Prior to ABM, Mr. Reyna was Vice President Human Resources and People Services for Papa Johns, where in two years with the company he led the HR function, as well as served as the People Operations lead for the opening of the company’s second headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. During his time at Papa Johns, he also served as interim VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion during a transition period.
“Elias couldn’t be a better culture fit for Papa Johns as he is a model of our core values. His proven leadership experience in our company and his existing relationships with our teams will make him a great asset in this role,” said president and CEO Rob Lynch. “I’m proud that Elias will be the first Latino leader to join our Executive Leadership Team, already one of the most diverse in the restaurant industry.”
“One of the highlights of my career was playing a role in the historic cultural transformation of Papa Johns. I’m passionate about the company’s top strategic priority, which is building a culture of leaders who believe in diversity, inclusivity and winning,” said Reyna. “I’m honored to be able to lead the continued work Papa Johns is doing to further this priority, working within our company, our supply chain and with our franchisees to be an employer of choice so we can attract and retain the best talent in our industry.”
Mr. Reyna brings more than 20 years of human resources, change management, organizational design and culture transformation experience at companies with large, diverse, global employee populations. Most notably, he served in HR management positions at Shell Oil Company, Tesoro Refining and Marketing, and Marathon Petroleum Corporation. He is a graduate of University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas where he earned a BA in business and a masters in international business. He will be based in the Papa Johns Atlanta corporate hub.
About Papa Johns
Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) (“Papa Johns”) opened its doors in 1984 with one goal in mind: BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA. Papa Johns believes that using high quality ingredients leads to superior quality pizzas. Its original dough is made of only six ingredients and is fresh, never frozen.
Papa Johns tops its pizzas with real cheese made from mozzarella, pizza sauce made with vine-ripened tomatoes that go from vine to can in the same day and meat free of fillers. It was the first national pizza delivery chain to announce the removal of artificial flavors and synthetic colors from its entire food menu. Papa Johns is co-headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. and Louisville, Ky. and is the world’s third-largest pizza delivery company with more than 5,500 restaurants in 47 countries and territories as of September 25, 2022. For more information about the Company or to order pizza online, visit www.papajohns.com or download the Papa Johns mobile app for iOS or Android.
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fuku, a growing collection of fast casual restaurants specializing in fried chicken sandwiches from dynamic chef and restaurateur David Chang, today announced that industry veteran Claudia Lezcano has been appointed as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer.
With more than 25 years of marketing experience for major brands, Lezcano most recently worked at Church’s Texas Chicken where she served as Senior Vice President of US Marketing. Before Church’s, Lezcano held top marketing positions at Celebrity Cruises, the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, and the MLB’s Miami Marlins. Her extensive QSR and restaurant experience also includes 8 years at Burger King Corporation, where she led strategy and marketing communications for the then $3 billion company. As CEO, Lezcano will be responsible for identifying additional opportunities that will drive accelerated growth and expansion of the Fuku footprint.
“I have known Claudia throughout my career and admire her tremendous work ethic, brilliant marketing vision, and positive attitude while facing the toughest of challenges,” said Matt Higgins, Cofounder and CEO of RSE Ventures, whose portfolio includes Fuku as well as David Chang’s renowned culinary brand Momofuku and Australian-inspired lifestyle and hospitality brand Bluestone Lane, among others. “Claudia is one of those dynamic executives who understands that the success of a restaurant brand starts with operational excellence and delivering on the promises you make to your customers and broader communities.”
Higgins continued, “She has deep QSR expertise and truly knows the hospitality space, including how essential it is to have a consistent and meaningful brand voice across all consumer touch points. Her ideal blend of marketing and operations experience makes Claudia uniquely suited for this role, and I’m confident that Fuku is well-positioned for continued success under her leadership.”
“I am honored and excited to be leading Fuku’s next chapter of growth,” said Lezcano. “Chef David Chang created an unmatched chicken sandwich when he founded Momofuku → Fuku in 2015, and my vision is to continue building upon on his original concept by offering approachable, tasty food that changes the way people think about fast casual. I look forward to working with the team to continue growing our footprint throughout the country so even more guests can delight in Fuku’s one-of-a-kind chicken sandwich.”
Fuku is a fried chicken sandwich-centric, fast casual restaurant that was founded by David Chang and Momofuku in 2015. Guided by many of the same principles that Momofuku was founded on, Fuku challenges convention and offers guests approachable, high-quality food that draws influences from both Asian and American cuisine. In addition to operating its own storefronts, Fuku has a presence in stadiums and arenas, airports, and ghost kitchens throughout the country. For more information about Fuku, visit eatfuku.com.
About RSE Ventures
RSE Ventures is a private investment firm made up of builders, innovators, partners and founders who focus on companies across sports and entertainment, media and marketing, food and lifestyle, and technology. Its family includes Bluestone Lane, Magnolia Bakery, International Champions Cup, VaynerMedia, Momofuku, Fuku, Milk Bar and &pizza. Connect at rseventures.com and @RSEVentures.
Industry veteran brings decades of experience and operations expertise to Focus Brands’ leadership team
ATLANTA, Nov. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Focus Brands®, parent company of iconic brands including Auntie Anne’s®, Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Jamba®, McAlister’s Deli®, Moe’s Southwest Grill® and Schlotzsky’s®, announced today that Brendan Berg is joining the company as its new Senior Vice President of Operations for the Restaurant Category. With almost 40 years spent in the restaurant industry working his way up from team member to executive leadership, Brendan’s forward-thinking strategies have driven operational performance and profitability on a global scale.
“As a seasoned executive in the QSR industry, Brendan brings a wealth of knowledge and a track record of success to Focus Brands,” said Shelley Harris, Restaurant Category President. “We’re confident that his ability to lead high-performing teams and achieve operational excellence across our family of brands will play a vital role in our continued successful journey forward.”
As Senior Vice President of Operations, Brendan will lead the restaurant category operations team, which is primarily focused on providing efficient operations solutions, increasing unit-level profitability and enhancing the guest experience across all seven brands in the Focus Brands portfolio.
Brendan joins Focus Brands from Church’s Chicken where he served as Senior Vice President of U.S. Franchise Operations and Global Operations Services, overseeing all aspects of franchise operations and introducing efficient restaurant management systems globally. Prior to joining Church’s Chicken, Brendan spent nearly three decades at Burger King working in learning and development, training and field support across Burger King’s domestic and international restaurants.
About Focus Brands
Atlanta-based Focus Brands® is a leading developer of global multi-channel foodservice brands. Focus Brands, through its affiliate brands, is the franchisor and operator of more than 6,400 restaurants, cafes, ice cream shoppes, and bakeries in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and over 55 foreign countries under the Auntie Anne’s®, Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Jamba®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, McAlister’s Deli®, and Schlotzsky’s® brand names, as well as the Seattle’s Best Coffee® brand on certain military bases and in certain international markets. Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.
RBI Board of Directors believes Patrick Doyle’s appointment will unlock exceptional growth potential alongside current leadership
Mr. Doyle is one of the world’s most successful global QSR leaders; having doubled system-wide sales, delivered 29 consecutive quarters of same store sales growth, created ~$11B of shareholder value and increased home market franchisee profitability more than 2x while CEO of Domino’s Pizza from 2010-2018
TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – Restaurant Brands International Inc. (“RBI”) (TSX: QSR) (NYSE: QSR) (TSX: QSP) has appointed Patrick Doyle, one of the world’s most successful QSR leaders, to become the company’s Executive Chairman, effective immediately. The Board of Directors believe that Mr. Doyle will be an important contributor to unlocking growth in the company based on his proven track record doing the same at Domino’s Pizza.
The appointment follows significant progress and investments at Tim Hortons Canada and Burger King US; strong system-wide sales growth at Burger King internationally and Popeyes; the acquisition of Firehouse Subs and returning to historical global unit growth.
As the former CEO of Domino’s Pizza from 2010 to 2018, Mr. Doyle led one of the restaurant industry’s most successful transformations by focusing on putting the guest experience first and being the best at digital ordering and food quality. During his tenure, he delivered 29 consecutive quarters of same store sale increases, system-wide sales growth of $5.6B to $13B, an over 2x increase in home market franchisee profitability while creating approximately $11B of shareholder value and increasing the share price over 23x from nearly $12 in March 2010 to $271 in June 2018.
Daniel Schwartz and Alex Behring will continue to serve on the Board of Directors, demonstrating 3G Capital’s commitment to being a long-term shareholder in RBI. Mr. Behring is a co-founder of 3G Capital and is currently co-Managing Partner. Mr. Schwartz is the former CEO and Executive Chairman of RBI and co-Managing Partner of 3G Capital.
Since its 2010 acquisition of Burger King Holdings, 3G Capital has been the company’s largest shareholder supporting the company’s global growth transformation including the creation of RBI and acquisitions of Tim Hortons, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, and Firehouse Subs, generating approximately 21x in total shareholder returns(1).
“Patrick’s appointment as Executive Chairman is a huge addition to the already strong leadership team that we have built over the past few years. This is part of our long-term strategy to accelerate growth in our restaurant brands and profitability for our franchisees and drive shareholder returns that we believe the company is very capable of delivering,” said Mr. Schwartz and Mr. Behring, current co-Chairmen of the Board of Directors.
“I’m excited to work closely with Patrick and our leadership team to build the most loved restaurant brands in the world. This includes our intention to rapidly accelerate growth in the company and deliver on plans that result in exceptional service for our guests; and excellent returns for our franchisees and for all shareholders,” said Jose Cil, CEO of RBI.
“I love the restaurant industry. These are four exceptional brands with real opportunities for accelerated growth. Working closely with each of the brands’ franchisees, with Jose, the whole RBI team, and the Board of Directors, I am confident we can create one of the most compelling growth stories in the industry,” said Mr. Doyle, incoming Executive Chairman.
Mr. Doyle will make a personal investment to purchase 500,000 RBI shares for a value of approximately $30M and has agreed to maintain his investment for five years, subject to certain conditions, demonstrating his confidence in the shareholder value he is being retained to help create. The purchase is subject to regulatory approvals.
In addition, Mr. Doyle will receive a one-time equity package of 2,000,000 options granted at fair market value, vesting in 5 years; 500,000 restricted share units vesting ratably over five years; and 750,000 performance share units vesting in 5.5 years, with a 100% target performance tied to a roughly 10% compound annualized return in RBI’s share price over five years.
RBI’s Board of Directors believes Mr. Doyle’s compensation package reflects his unmatched performance as one of the world’s most successful QSR leaders and is fully aligned with shareholder interests as benefits are substantially realized upon significant improvement in company performance.
The Board also noted that the company’s path to profitable, long-term growth needs to be rooted in the continued success of our restaurants, including enhancing the guest experience, growing franchisee profitability and driving digital sales. Mr. Cil, his direct reports and their leadership teams across all four brands share compensation performance criteria related to comparable sales, net restaurant growth and Organic EBITDA growth as well as individual achievement criteria which may include franchisee profitability, guest satisfaction levels and digital sales targets.
About Restaurant Brands International:
Restaurant Brands International Inc. is one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant companies with over $35 billion in annual system-wide sales and over 29,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries. RBI owns four of the world’s most prominent and iconic quick service restaurant brands – TIM HORTONS®, BURGER KING®, POPEYES®, and FIREHOUSE SUBS®. These independently operated brands have been serving their respective guests, franchisees and communities for decades. Through its Restaurant Brands for Good framework, RBI is improving sustainable outcomes related to its food, the planet, and people and communities. To learn more about RBI, please visit the company’s website at www.rbi.com.
Multi-brand Restaurant Group Appoints Dawn Petite as Brand President of Friendly’s Restaurants Group
Dallas, TX (RestaurantNews.com) BRIX Holdings LLC (BRIX) announced today the appointment of Sherif Mityas as their new Chief Executive Officer and Dawn Petite as Brand President for Friendly’s Restaurant Group.
Mityas will now assume full leadership of BRIX Holdings’ and Amici Partners Group’s brands including Friendly’s, Red Mango, Orange Leaf, Smoothie Factory, SouperSalad and Humble Donuts.
“When we expanded the BRIX portfolio at the end of 2020, our vision was to first integrate our new acquisitions into our system and then lay the foundation to build each of our brands,” said John Antioco, Chairman of BRIX Holdings. “We strongly believe in the expansion of these leadership roles and their impact on our organization. We are confident Sherif and Dawn will deliver outstanding growth for our portfolio, especially as we continue to bring strong and successful franchise restaurant concepts to market.”
Mityas is a veteran retail and restaurant industry executive, most notably serving as the chief experience officer for TGI FRIDAYS and as chief executive officer for Hollywood Video/Movie Gallery. In 2020, he was named one of the Top 10 Innovators in the restaurant industry by Nation’s Restaurant News in their annual Power List rankings.
“I’m honored for the opportunity to lead our world-class restaurant portfolio,” Mityas said. “We have an exceptional group of brands, team members and franchisees that will help drive our growth and success as we build for the future.”
Petite will assume the new role of Brand President for Friendly’s Restaurants. She most recently served as chief operating officer for the brand and offers over 40 years of experience having started her career at a Friendly’s restaurant as an operations manager. Prior to her current role, Petite was the chief operating officer for J&B Restaurant partners, one of the largest franchisee groups in the Friendly’s system.
“I’m thrilled to continue to lead this iconic brand with our passionate Friendly’s team members and franchisees,” Petite said. “Our team is looking forward to ensuring our loyal fans are treated to the joy of our unique blend of great food, ice cream and friendly service at each of our restaurants across the east coast.”
About BRIX Holdings LLC
BRIX Holdings LLC, based in Dallas, Texas, is a multi-brand franchising company specializing in chains with superior products and attractive growth prospects with an experienced operating and investor group specializing in the restaurant industry. The portfolio represents over 300 locations across 38 states and is comprised of brands including Friendly’s Restaurant Co., Red Mango, Orange Leaf, Smoothie Factory, SouperSalad and Humble Donuts. For additional information, please visit www.brixholdings.com.
About Friendly’s Restaurants Co, LLC
Friendly’s Restaurants is an iconic American brand serving signature entrées, burgers, sandwiches and handcrafted, specialty ice cream desserts in 130 friendly, full-service restaurants. For over 80 years, Friendly’s Restaurants and their dedicated service teams have delighted generations of guests by offering everyday value on great-tasting food and ice cream creations. Friendly’s Restaurants is a portfolio brand of BRIX Holdings, LLC, a multi-brand restaurant management and franchising company based in Dallas. Friendly’s Restaurants has plans to introduce new and innovative food and ice cream offerings, bright new restaurants and unique ways to reach and satisfy guests. For additional information, please visit friendlysrestaurants.com or follow Friendly’s on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Global Restaurant Franchising Company Hires Experienced C-Suite Growth Leader to Drive Expansion Efforts
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc., announces the hiring of its first Chief Growth Officer, Jeremy Theisen. Theisen joins FAT Brands with over 20 years of experience in significantly increasing the revenue stream for high-growth start-ups in the restaurant sector and will be focused on spearheading the growth of the development pipeline across the FAT Brands portfolio. This includes bringing new franchisees into the system and driving multi-unit expansion with existing franchisees.
Prior to joining FAT Brands, Theisen served as Chief Revenue Officer of PathSpot, a hygiene management system geared towards the foodservice industry, where he not only grew the company’s contracted revenue by 15 times in 24 months, but also, was key in their overseas expansion in Europe and Australia. Theisen also served as Chief Sales Officer of Punchh, the restaurant industry leader in loyalty and engagement programs, where he saw the company through its launch to generating $50 million in revenue prior to being acquired by Par Technology Corporation several years later. Other experiences include Google and Truaxis, a loyalty rewards and personalized statement solutions company owned by MasterCard.
“Over the last several years, FAT Brands continues to reach new heights from a growth perspective,” said FAT Brands CEO Andy Wiederhorn. “While our acquisition strategy has been a key mechanism for growth, we have also been heavily invested in building out our deep, organic pipeline. This year has already been record-breaking from an opening standpoint, and we are just getting started. Jeremy is a great addition to our team to drive this growth forward exponentially in the years to come. His experience of quickly scaling companies from start-ups to industry leaders aligns with our fast-paced growth mentality.”
“I am excited for the new journey ahead at FAT Brands,” said Jeremy Theisen. “I have had the pleasure of working with the company while at my other ventures and have been amazed at the growth they have achieved. What was once Fatburger has now transformed into a 17-concept portfolio with a strong worldwide presence. I look forward to adding to the already strong growth trajectory of the company and forging new relationships with new and existing franchisees.”
For more information on FAT Brands, visit www.fatbrands.com.
About FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands
FAT Brands (NASDAQ: FAT) is a leading global franchising company that strategically acquires, markets, and develops fast casual, quick-service, casual dining, and polished casual dining concepts around the world. The Company currently owns 17 restaurant brands: Round Table Pizza, Fatburger, Marble Slab Creamery, Johnny Rockets, Fazoli’s, Twin Peaks, Great American Cookies, Hot Dog on a Stick, Buffalo’s Cafe & Express, Hurricane Grill & Wings, Pretzelmaker, Elevation Burger, Native Grill & Wings, Yalla Mediterranean and Ponderosa and Bonanza Steakhouses, and franchises and owns over 2,300 units worldwide.
CJ Ramirez promoted to executive vice president and Justin Bartek also named VP
Pasadena, CA (RestaurantNews.com) Dog Haus announced today the promotion of Christopher J. Ramirez to executive vice president of marketing and the hiring of Justin Bartek as vice president of marketing as popular brand beefs up for the next stage of growth.
Ramirez has spent almost a decade with Dog Haus and was instrumental in developing and launching The Absolute Brands. As a senior executive team member, he will continue leading the high-performing creative, marketing and technology teams that deliver transformational growth through disruptive innovation for the brand and its franchisees.
With nearly 20 years’ experience in the restaurant industry, most recently with JINYA Ramen Bar, Bartek brings an impressive track record in building high-growth brands. Working alongside Ramirez, he will play a pivotal role in taking The Absolute brands to the next level through marketing strategies that create strategic partnerships and drive digital transformation through data-driven insights and consumer testing.
The duo is already using a combined approach as postive feedback and key data showed that Bad Ass Breakfast Burritos are one of The Absolute Brand’s biggest hits. Bartek and Ramirez’s bad ass response? They added them to the Dog Haus menu during this winter’s FIFA World Cup so more fans can enjoy!
“You couldn’t dream up a better one-two punch to lead our marketing team and take our brand to the next level,” said Dog Haus Partner André Vener. “CJ’s vision and execution are unparalleled, and his contributions to Dog Haus over the years cannot be overstated. Justin is one of the smartest marketing people I know, and his track record speaks for itself. Our brand couldn’t be in better hands.”
Prior to joining Dog Haus, Bartek played a key role in helping brands – such as Jinya Holdings, The Halal Guys, Veggie Grill, Qdoba Mexican Grill and Baja Fresh – grow from regional sensations into national and international brands.
“I’m stoked to welcome Justin to our team,” Ramirez said. “He’s a natural fit for our multifaceted, incredibly fast-paced and innovative organization. Without a doubt, his restaurant marketing experience will benefit our franchisees and help us achieve our second-decade growth plan with ease.”
Ramirez and Bartek combined bring over five decades of experience in a variety of creative fields, helping form a unique duo that can tackle any challenge the ever-changing restaurant industry develops. Ramirez has experience in creative development, marketing and communication with clients across the globe, with Bartek bringing a tech-driven approach in developing and expanding highly valued partnerships and collaborations between brands, franchisees, vendors and others.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join the amazing Dog Haus team,” said Bartek. “My career has been focused on growing franchise brands, so I firmly believe my experience fits well with our mission. Get ready for the absolute würst in 2023 because Dog Haus and The Absolute Brands will explode next year and beyond.”
About Dog Haus
Dog Haus is an award-winning concept known for its gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers, plant-based and fried chicken offerings, creative full bar program and The Absolute Brands (virtual concepts). Founded by longtime friends Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz and André Vener, the first Dog Haus opened in Pasadena, California in 2010. Dog Haus was honored with Nation’s Restaurant News’ prestigious MenuMasters Award and has been named in Fast Casual’s Top 10 Movers and Shakers list since 2020. Most recently, Franchise Times announced the winners of its annual Zor Awards and Dog Haus came out on top – winning the prized honor of “Top Brand to Buy.” Earlier this year, the brand was also recognized in QSR Magazine’s list of Best Brands to Work For. Dog Haus continues to garner critical acclaim for its signature all beef dogs and hand-crafted sausages with no added nitrates, and 100% Black Angus beef burgers – all of which are made with hormone- and antibiotic-free meat and served on grilled King’s Hawaiian rolls. With its mission to sustainably feed everyone who walks through their doors, Dog Haus also offers a diverse lineup of plant-based burger, sausage and chicken creations. While striving to establish itself as a “haus”-hold name, the brand has helped raise enough funds from its innovative collaboration with high-profile chefs to feed over two million kids in need through its national charity partner No Kid Hungry. For up-to-date location and brand information, visit doghaus.com or follow Dog Haus on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.