People & News Briefs
The Bistro Group, the nation’s third largest franchisee of TGI Fridays restaurants, named Sean Conway chairman of the board.
Bojangles’ board of directors appointed Clifton Rutledge CEO.
Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar named Tim Matousek vice president of operations.
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza hired Doug Sanderson as director of training.
Clockwork Home Services hired Rick Yohn as vice president of franchise operations and promoted Dave Kozak vice president of marketing, Daniel Todd senior franchise business consultant, Carl Duplessis senior franchise business consultant and Roger McCoy senior franchise business consultant.
DLA Piper announced Wayne Bunch joined its Franchise and Distribution practice as a partner in Houston.
Edible Arrangements selected Craig Rubinstein as vice president of development and Ryan Hostetler as franchise marketing manager.
Great Clips announced that Pres. Charlie Simpson will semi-retire but remain engaged as a part-time executive advisor and member of the board of directors. Steve Hockett will serve as president and Rob Goggins as COO.
Home Helpers & Direct Link appointed Pamela Harden vice president of clinical care and licensure.
Molly Maid hired Adam Petersen as franchise development manager.
Schlotzsky’s named Mark Mears chief marketing officer.
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery named Logan Reves, CFE, vice president of franchisee and area developer strategic support.
ZIPS Dry Cleaners appointed Aaron Goldberg vice president of development.
Baskin-Robbins announced that from Jan. 15 until the end of 2014, new franchisees and military veterans will receive financial discounts on royalties and initial franchise fees.
Benetrends created a proprietary $100 million franchise financing program to help IFA franchisor members provide qualified candidates with direct access to capital for new store development. Hand & Stone, a spa franchise, is the first franchisor to participate in the new fund and has been provided $10 million in initial capital.
Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop opened its 100th store; it’s located in Laughlin, Nev.
Clockwork Home Service’s brands − Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning and Mister Sparky − enjoyed more than 12 percent same-store sales growth in 2013. The company added 98 territories in 2013 and served more than 3.4 million customer relationships across North America.
CruiseOne reached 800 franchise locations in 2013 and won awards including the Small Business Trends’ Small Business Influencer Award, South Florida Business Journal CIO Award, Women in Ecommerce Golden Mouse Award and G.I. Jobs Military Friendly Franchise.
Dunkin’ Donuts signed a multi-unit store development agreement with OKD Holdings to develop 13 restaurants throughout Oklahoma City.
Hilton Worldwide opened its first dual-brand hotel in Oklahoma City. Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton. Home2 Suites by Hilton opened its 25th U.S. hotel; it’s located in Salt Lake City.
Kinderdance − with more 800 locations in 35 states and eight countries − celebrates 35 years.
McAlister’s Deli plans to develop seven restaurants in New Jersey as part of a multi-unit development agreement.
Quaker Steak & Lube, celebrating its 40th anniversary, expects 11 restaurant openings in 2014 with two scheduled for the first quarter in Warren, Ohio and Edison, N.J. The company acquired five restaurants in North Carolina, Indiana and Virginia at the close of 2013.
re:group is celebrating 10 years in business.
Wingstop relocated its corporate headquarters from Richardson, Texas to Dallas. The move follows the biggest year of growth in the company’s history: 74 new restaurant openings and franchise development agreements for more than 180 domestic locations and more than 40 international locations.
MERGER, ALLIANCES & ACQUISITIONS
Enviro-Master Pres. and CEO Pat Swisher announced an investor partnership with The William Gaston Fund, and the buyout of Swisher’s partner Dean Lovett.
LegalShield is partnering with Visiting Angels to offer its small-business legal plan to Visiting Angels’ franchisees throughout North America.
HONORS & AWARDS
Ann Connor, owner of the AdviCoach in Keene, N.H., was awarded the Women Empowered By Business WEBB Crystal award for outstanding achievement, mentorship and work ethic.
Anytime Fitness was named “One of America’s Most Promising Companies” by Forbes earlier this year; honored by Chief Executive magazine with its inaugural “Leadership” award; and named the “Best Place to Work” by Minnesota Business magazine two years in a row.
Benetrends was named a 2014 Future 50 award winner by Philadelphia SmartCEO, a program that recognizes 50 fast-growth, mid-sized companies in the region, five large Blue Chip companies and five small, emerging growth companies that have experienced outsized growth based on a combined three-year average of increased revenue and employee count.
Doodle Bugs! Children’s Centers was recognized by Buffalo Business First in its 2014 Most Admired Companies List.
Sir Speedy ranked No. 18 by Printing Impressions 400, which is a comprehensive ranking of the leading printing companies in the United States and Canada.
TeamLogic IT Pres. Chuck Lennon was named to the Nine Lives Media MSPmentor 250 list for the fifth year in a row, a global list that identifies the world’s leading managed services provider executives, entrepreneurs, experts, coaches and community leaders.
IFA, PAFI ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP WITH TITLE BOXING CLUB
The International Franchise Association and the Professional Athlete Franchise Initiative announced an expanded partnership with TITLE Boxing Club, as the nation’s leading boxing franchise becomes the prime sponsor, recognized as the Diamond Ambassador of PAFI. The goal of the expanded partnership is to provide education and support to fill the void in athletes’ post-career business decisions. The new partnership was finalized Jan. 31 at the IFA Office in Washington, D.C., where TITLE Boxing Club committed $300K over three years for the PAFI Initiative Learn more about the partnership in the May issue of Franchising World magazine.
Massage Envy’s recently appointed Chief Operating Officer Joe Luongo’s title was incorrectly listed in the January issue of Franchising World magazine. We congratulate him on his new position and apologize for the error.