Industry veteran to propel healthy lifestyle eatery’s operations-focused momentum
Oklahoma City, OK (RestaurantNews.com) Coolgreens – the healthy lifestyle eatery that “feeds your life” – announced today that it has promoted Amanda Powell to vice president of operations after she joined the team in June 2018 as director of operations and training.
In her new role, Powell will support the team in Oklahoma, drive Revel, Hot Schedules, the Coolgreens Reward app and Schoox, along with developing a traveling trainer team for new restaurants.
Powell brings more than 20 years of restaurant experience to Coolgreens. Most notably, she served as the regional training manager and general manager for Red Lobster at the Abilene, Texas location. Under her leadership, Powell was able to help boost the restaurant from No. 93 in Red Lobster’s system to No. 8 in the Dallas division.
Throughout her career, Powell worked at other fast casual concepts like SPIN! Pizza out of Kansas City, Missouri, where she developed a training program and opened restaurants in Orange County, California. Prior to arriving at Coolgreens, she served as area coach at Modern Market. During her time there, she developed a team in Dallas and ran six restaurants as well as supported the Washington, DC Modern Market.
“We are really proud to promote Amanda,” said CEO Robert Lee. “She has worked tirelessly in our ongoing quest to become not only a national brand, but one of the most respected fast casual brands in the country. Her commitment to her teams and support of our franchisees has and will continue to be inspiring. She deserves this promotion, and we will be a stronger brand because of it.”
Coolgreens is a healthy lifestyle eatery committed to making the communities it serves a better place to live by creating healthy, fresh, made-to-order creations. The menu caters to a variety of lifestyles and diets, featuring signature salads, wraps, grain bowls and sandwiches. Founded in 2009 in Oklahoma City, Coolgreens currently has five corporate-owned locations, three franchise locations in Tulsa, Okla., and Southlake and Richardson Texas, along with a licensed location in the Oklahoma City Airport. Coolgreens was named one of Fast Casual’s 2019 Top 100 Movers & Shakers.
October, 16 2019
Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins, yesterday announced that Tony Weisman, Chief Marketing Officer Dunkin’ U.S., is stepping down from his position effective December 1, 2019. The company will immediately begin a search for his replacement, and Mr. Weisman has agreed to assist in the search. Until the appointment of a new CMO, the marketing department will report to Dave Hoffmann, Dunkin’ Brands CEO and Dunkin’ U.S. President.
“Tony has played a key role in the transformation of our brand, including our widely lauded decision to drop “Donuts” from our logo, our very successful espresso relaunch, and the introduction of innovative products like our plant-based Beyond Sausage® Breakfast Sandwich, currently available in Manhattan. Additionally, he has assembled a highly talented marketing and culinary team, and an award-winning group of outside creative agencies, all of whom will enable us to continue to move ahead with our plans to make Dunkin’ America’s most loved, beverage-led brand,” said Hoffmann. “Tony has been a great business partner to me and the rest of the leadership team, and we wish him all the best with his next endeavor.”
Since joining the company in September 2017, Weisman has overseen marketing, product innovation, field marketing, consumer insights and advertising, as well as the brand’s digital and consumer-packaged goods (CPG) initiatives for Dunkin’ U.S.
“I am tremendously proud of all we have accomplished at Dunkin’ over the past two years and proud to have been part of this incredible brand at this point in its history,” said Weisman. “It has been an honor to work with this management team, our strong marketing team and a great group of franchisees. I have been a passionate Dunkin’ fan my entire life and will continue to be a loyal customer as I move on to my next opportunity.”
ANKENY, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Casey’s General Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq symbol CASY), today announced that it has named Tom Brennan as Chief Merchandising Officer, reporting to Darren Rebelez, Chief Executive Officer. Brennan will lead the development and implementation of the company’s overall merchandising and prepared foods strategy.
“Tom is a tremendous leader with deep experience across the convenience and quick service restaurant industries that will benefit Casey’s already popular, fresh food program, and enhance our merchandising strategy,” said Darren Rebelez, Chief Executive Officer, Casey’s General Stores. “We have a strong leadership team at Casey’s and I’m confident that Tom will contribute to our collective efforts to make life better for our guests and communities every day.”
Brennan joins Casey’s from CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc., the parent of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, where he was Chief Operating Officer responsible for the operations and support of over 3,000 restaurants across the United States. Prior to CKE, he spent 11 years at 7-Eleven in a variety of leadership roles in merchandising, category management, store development and operations. Before 7-Eleven, he worked in the Financial Planning and Analysis group at Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) and he also served six years on active duty as an Armor Officer in the U.S. Army.
“I am honored to join the team at Casey’s to help continue to build this incredible brand and deliver great products conveniently every day to our guests,” said Tom Brennan.
Brennan holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
About Casey’s General Stores
Casey’s General Stores is a Fortune 500 company operating over 2,000 convenience stores in 16 states. Founded more than 50 years ago, the company has grown to become the fourth-largest convenience store retailer and the fifth-largest pizza chain in the United States. Casey’s prides itself on being at the heart of many of its communities providing freshly prepared foods, quality gasoline, and friendly service at every location. Guests can enjoy famous, made-from-scratch pizza, donuts, other assorted bakery items, and (at select stores) made-to-order sub sandwiches. Learn more and order online at www.caseys.com.