National Casual Dining Brand Enhances Leadership Team While Gearing Up for Strategic Growth
Dallas, TX (RestaurantNews.com) Boston’s Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar (Boston’s), a national casual dining brand that combines a family-friendly casual dining restaurant and an energetic sports bar under one roof, has named nine-year pizza industry veteran, Katie Borger, as the brand’s Vice President of Marketing. As the Boston’s gears up for momentous development and growth, Borger will play a vital role in driving the brand to the forefront of the casual dining space.
Borger brings more than a decade of public relations and marketing experience in the pizza industry to her new role at Boston’s. She started with the brand in 2004 as a marketing intern and has since worn many hats, growing with the brand as it works to expand in its U.S. operations. Her previous roles in include serving as Boston’s Social Media Coordinator, Communications Manager, Director of The Boston’s Pizza Foundation – Boston’s charitable foundation benefitting youth in the communities in which the brand operates, and most recently, Senior Director of Marketing.
“As Boston’s continues its strategic growth, evolving and protecting the brand is a key focus in expanding our footprint,” said Jeff Melnick, President of Boston’s. “We are confident that Katie’s experience with the brand and extensive marketing background will play an essential role in the future of the brand.”
In her new role, Borger will oversee marketing and IT from both the national brand perspective and the restaurant level. In addition, she will continue oversight over the national public relations and media relations strategy for the brand’s U.S. operations. As the Vice President of Marketing, Borger will work in tandem with the leadership team as the brand gears up for a major brand refresh and continued growth across the nation.
“Boston’s has a 50+ year legacy starting in Canada and over 20 years of operation here in the States and Mexico, so it’s critical we protect and grow upon our history while also asking the hard questions to evolve and remain relevant,” said Borger. “It’s an honor to represent our Franchisees and internal team in driving the brand forward. Starting as the intern, it goes to show that hard work really can pay-off and I’m so grateful to Boston’s for their commitment to developing career paths and fostering passion for this industry and support to our Franchisees from within.”
Boston’s and its franchisees are backed by 50+ years of industry-leading operational systems. Throughout North America, Boston’s sees $1.1 billion in system-wide sales, with more than 400 locations across Canada, the United States and Mexico. To find a Boston’s near you, visit https://www.bostons.com. For more information about the Boston’s franchise opportunity, please visit https://www.ownabostons.com.
Boston’s is both a family-friendly casual dining restaurant and an energetic sports bar, all under one roof. For over 50 years, Boston’s has specialized in providing a relaxing atmosphere and food from scratch to parties of all sizes. With Boston’s brand promise, “We’ll make you a fan,” and 80+ menu items, primarily made in-house, they deliver on having something for every occasion and taste. Boston’s is recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the top three full-service restaurant brands. The company is also currently listed at No. 176 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2017 Franchise 500 list and was named as the No. 1 Restaurant & Sports Bar in the Sports Bar/Pubs category by the magazine. Additionally, the brand is ranked No. 162 on the magazine’s ‘Top Global Franchises” list and No. 93 on the 2017 Franchise Times Top 200 (Plus 300) list. With sales exceeding $1 Billion in system-wide gross sales, Boston’s grows through franchising and is currently looking to expand around the US and Mexico. Visit ownabostons.com today.
IRVING, Texas, Jan. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — CEC Entertainment, Inc. today announced that, effective immediately, its Board of Directors has appointed David McKillips as Chief Executive Officer, replacing Tom Leverton who has resigned as CEO. The Board of Directors of CEC thanks Mr. Leverton for his service as CEO over the last five years and offers him best wishes in his future endeavors.
McKillips has more than 25 years of experience in the family entertainment, media and theme park industries. Most recently, he was President of the International Development Company for Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, responsible for the operational management of all properties outside the United States. In addition, McKillips served as Six Flags Senior Vice President, In-Park Services, leading the food & beverage, retail, games and procurement functions across all U.S. Six Flags parks. Prior to joining Six Flags, he served as Vice President of Advertising & Custom Publishing Sales for DC Comics, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment and home to some of the world’s most iconic brands. McKillips has also held multiple leadership roles within Sea World Entertainment and Sesame Place. McKillips holds a B.A. degree in Communication Studies from the University of Georgia and received post-graduate certificates in Marketing and Finance from New York University.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am excited to welcome David to the CEC team,” said Andrew S. Jhawar, Chairman of the Board at CEC and Senior Partner and Head of the Consumer & Retail Industry Team at Apollo Global Management, Inc. “David is a proven executive with a lifetime of experience and success in the family entertainment industry, both domestically and around the world. He has demonstrated an ability to drive revenue growth through innovation, marketing, licensing, improved operations and corporate partnerships, which are skills that make him the ideal candidate to lead CEC into its next phase of growth.”
McKillips stated, “I am thrilled to join CEC and look forward to working with the team to continue creating memorable experiences for CEC’s guests. As a national leader in family dining and entertainment, CEC is recognized for its high-quality food, fun and wholesome family entertainment. With the iconic Chuck E. Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza brands, dedicated employees and strategic partnerships, the Company is well positioned to expand and provide an even better guest experience going forward. I look forward to being part of the Company’s future success as we accelerate CEC’s growth nationally and globally. In addition, I look forward to working alongside Apollo, which has a long track record of success in building value in consumer and retail businesses.”
About CEC Entertainment, Inc.
CEC Entertainment, Inc. is the nationally recognized leader in family dining and entertainment with both its Chuck E. Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza restaurants. As the place where over one million happy birthdays are celebrated every year, Chuck E. Cheese’s goal is to create positive, lifelong memories for families through fun, food, and play and is the place Where A Kid Can Be A Kid®. Committed to providing a fun, safe environment, Chuck E. Cheese helps protect families through industry-leading programs such as Kid Check®. As a strong advocate for its local communities, Chuck E. Cheese has donated more than $16 million to schools though its fundraising programs and supports its national charity partner, Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Peter Piper Pizza features dining, entertainment and carryout with a neighborhood pizzeria feel and “pizza made fresh, families made happy” culture. Peter Piper Pizza takes pride in delivering quality food and fun that reconnects family and friends. With a bold design and contemporary layout, an open kitchen revealing much of their handcrafted food preparation, the latest technology and games, and beer and wine for adults, Peter Piper Pizza restaurants appeal to parents and kids alike. As of September 29, 2019, the Company and its franchisees operated a system of 610 Chuck E. Cheese and 128 Peter Piper Pizza venues, with locations in 47 states and 15 foreign countries and territories. For more information, visit chuckecheese.com and peterpiperpizza.com.
ATLANTA, Jan. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Edible Brands®, the parent company of Edible®, the world’s largest franchisor of fresh fruit arrangements and all-natural fruit snacks and dipped treats, has expanded Chief Operating Officer Cheikh Mboup’s role to include that of President, effective immediately.
In this expanded role, Mboup will oversee the final stages of Edible’s evolution beyond gifting and arrangements into a true QSR destination featuring an expanded menu of wholesome offerings, gifts and treats.
“During his tenure at Edible, Cheikh has influenced almost every area of operations, real estate, construction and more,” Founder and CEO Tariq Farid said in making the announcement. “His depth of experience and knowledge of our network will be critical in guiding our amazing franchisees through this evolution and helping them expand Edible’s presence within their local communities.”
Among his top priorities as President and COO of Edible, Mboup will focus on implementing the expanded Edible menu across the system as well as the rollout of a new Edible store prototype, with a flagship location expected this year.
Prior to his new role, Mboup served several years as vice president of operations, construction and real estate for Edible. Before that, he was head of operations for the Edible network in the United States.
He first joined Edible after a long career developing, growing and overseeing his own multi-unit restaurant organization across the Northeast U.S.
“We are more than arrangements, and our menu already reflects that. We are also more than e-commerce and our brick and mortar strength already reflects that,” Mboup said. “My focus will be on helping franchisees take advantage of the full Edible experience to capture more market share as we advance beyond gifting by offering a growing variety of wholesome foods for immediate consumption both on and off premises.”
Today, the Edible® brand has expanded to include Dipped Fruit™, Froyo Fruit Blends™, all-natural, fresh fruit salads and other Edible® Treats. In addition, the organization recently announced a partnership with Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory to begin offering its gourmet premium chocolates. Edible also has debuted a new Incredible Edibles® hemp-derived CBD product line that includes smoothies and chocolate-dipped fruit at select locations.
About Edible Brands®
Edible Brands is the parent company of Edible, the world’s largest franchisor of stores offering all-natural fruit snacks, dipped treats and fresh fruit arrangements with more than 1,100 locations worldwide. Since its founding in 1999, the company has been recognized as an industry leader, ranking first in its category in Entrepreneur magazine’s annual “Franchise 500,” Entrepreneur’s Top 40 of “Fastest Growing Franchises” and “America’s Top Global Franchises” as well as being included among the “Inc. 5000” list of the fastest growing privately-held companies. Edible fresh fruit arrangements, chocolate Dipped Fruit™ and fresh fruit smoothies can be ordered through any local Edible store or online at edible.com. Edible has franchise opportunities available in a number of key markets in the United States and Canada. For more information about owning an Edible please visit ediblefranchise.com.