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Boston Pizza appointed Mark Pacinda president and CEO, and hired Troy Cooper as COO.


The Dwyer Group named Pamela D. Harper vice president of marketing.

East Coast Wings & Grill appointed Bryant Murray director of franchise system training.

Franchise Source Brands International named Paul Segreto, CFE, CEO.

Paul Segreto

Paul Segreto

Franchise Foundry appointed Deb Evans, CFE, president.

Deb Evans

Deb Evans

Growth Coach hired Nathan Owens as COO.

Massage Envy Spa hired Joe Luongo as chief development officer and Melanie Hansen as general counsel.

Maui Wowi Hawaiian announced that Kerri DeLaRosa is director of franchise support.

Clockwork Home Services’ brands have appointed the following as senior franchise business consultants: Daniel Todd (Mister Sparky), Carol Duplessis (Benjamin Franklin Plumbing) and Roger McCoy (One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning).


Abrakadoodle Remarkable Art Education surpassed 1 million students in its creative art programs in 2013.

Burger 21 doubled its number of operating restaurants this year. Currently, nine restaurants are open and 18 franchise locations are in development throughout the United States.

Corner Bakery Cafe signed two new multi-unit franchise agreements to open 13 restaurants in Phoenix over the next seven years with Blue Mountain Cafes and to open 10 restaurants in Madison and Milwaukee over the next five years with Neo Fourno.

Dental Fix Rx signed its 100th franchise agreement before the end of 2013, a year during which the company added 35 new mobile centers and extended its presence to 70 territories.

Dunkin’ Donuts signed multi-unit store development agreements with HT2 Franchising, LLC for nine restaurants in Reno, Nev., three franchise groups to develop 12 restaurants in Detroit, and JP Foods, LLC to develop a dozen new restaurants in Memphis.

McAlister’s Deli will develop 24 restaurants in Texas, New Mexico, Idaho and Utah as part of a new multi-unit development agreement with franchisee Southwest Deli.

Pie Five Pizza awarded 10 franchise units to Rich Davis and Ron Payne, who will introduce the brand to the Nashville area.

Smoothie King has agreed to develop 28 locations with eight franchisees in U.S. markets, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Jackson, Miss., New Haven, Conn., Sarasota and Tallahassee, Fla. and Wichita, a total of more than 100 locations sold in 2013.

TeamLogic IT Woburn, which is experiencing a growth rate of 45 percent over the past year, expanded its offices in 5,000 square feet at the Office Tower Park building in Woburn, Mass. The company is owned by father-son team Jim and Andy Hackett.

Togo’s Eateries signed development agreements with several new and existing franchisees to expand across California, including in El Centro, Los Angeles, Petaluma, Riverbank, Sacramento, San Jose and Santa Cruz.

Wingstop, which recently celebrated its 600th restaurant opening, generated an 8.6 percent increase in same-store sales July through September and opened 16 restaurants. For the year, same-store sales growth is 10.6 percent.


Home Helpers partnered with Veterans Care Coordination to help qualifying veterans and surviving spouses receive the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs’ Pension with Aid and Attendance Benefit.

Results Thru Strategy is teaming up with CohnReznick LLP to help restaurants and hotels create sustainable strategies that yield long-term results in cost savings and revenue generation.

Schlotzsky’s signed a deal with Houchens Industries for co-branding with the company’s Crossroads IGA grocery and fuel concept.


Anytime Fitness CEO and Co-founder Chuck Runyon was presented an inaugural “Leadership” award by Chief Executive magazine. The award celebrates firms that had superior growth relative to their industries, as well as companies with innovative products, compelling leaders, unusual practices/business models or an ability to leverage assets in uncommon ways.

Chuck Runyon

Chuck Runyon

BrightStar Care received The Joint Commission’s Enterprise Champion for Quality Award for 2013. The Joint Commission, a nationally recognized health care quality standards organization that also accredits hospitals and other health care systems, acknowledged BrightStar Care’s efforts to promote high quality health care services by its franchises through Joint Commission accreditation.

Cheng Cohen earned Tier 1 “Best Law Firms” Recognition for Franchise Law Excellence in U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers.

DLA Piper’s Franchise and Distribution practice was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as “Law Firm of the Year” in the Franchise Law category. The firm also received a Tier-1 category ranking in Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia. The International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers November 2013 recognized 16 lawyers of the firm from seven different jurisdictions.

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale’s Beata Krakus received the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising Chair’s Future Leader Award that recognizes forum members who have demonstrated substantial commitment to the forum by undertaking significant leadership initiatives.

Ram Jack received general approval from the Los Angeles Dept. of Building and Safety for technical modifications of home and commercial foundations using proprietary helical pile and hydraulically driven steel piling foundation systems. The company is the first to receive accreditation from the Los Angeles Research Report to use steel pilings for foundation repairs in the city.

SYNERGY HomeCare was awarded the 2013 Home Care Pulse Endorsed National Provider designation recognizing leading U.S. home care companies for their commitment to provide outstanding customer satisfaction by using the Home Care Pulse Quality Satisfaction Management Program. The franchise also earned the 2013 Best of Home Care Endorsed National Provider designation for client satisfaction results.

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