Movers & Shakers

Exec Q&A: Corner Bakery’s Jonathan Benjamin on Growing Franchising at the Bakery-Cafe Concept, Franchise Partnerships

With recent growth and expansion in the Northeast, and an eye on New England, Corner Bakery Cafe is looking to leverage the relationship it has with owner Roark Capital. It's a still-fledgling concept by many accounts, but fortified by Roark’s reputation for growing franchise retail and restaurant businesses, one that many insiders will expect to now see accelerated development.

Wingstop Promotes Dave Vernon to Chief Development Officer to Fuel Expansion to 1,000 Stores

Wingstop has promoted Dave Vernon, formerly SVP of Development, to Chief Development Officer. Vernon, who is featured in the latest issue of Chain Pulse magazine, is tapped to continue expanding Wingstop's domestic and international presence.

Exec Q&A: Cinnabon's Kat Cole Talks Makara Cinnamon and Leadership

Cinnabon's iconic popularity and growth continues, despite a growing movement by restaurants to focus on healthier offerings. "People are still looking to treat themselves," says Kat Cole, 34, president of Cinnabon and the youngest "Undercover Boss," starrng in the hit show on CBS yesterday. She says the chain offers a variety of different portions and options so Cinnabon's guests can do so.

Exec Q&A: Krystal's Doug Pendergast on Building on Value, Nostalgia, a Customer-Focus to 'Renovate' the Burger Brand

When Krystal marked its 80th birthday October 24, it celebrated big, with 25-cent burgers and its CEO, Doug Pendergast, in the kitchen. The iconic Southern quick-serve burger brand was born around the Depression, and some of the hallmarks of hospitality and value are once again being resurrected as it enters a new chapter.

Exec Q&A: Taco Cabana and Pollo Tropical's Chief on the Marketing and New Positioning of Fiesta's Brands

Timothy Taft, president and CEO of Fiesta Restaurant Group, talks to Quick Serve Leader magazine about the new Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. (FRGI), after its spin-off from Carrols Restaurant Group, the largest owner of Burger King stores globally. Taft, who was appointed last August, says FRGI will be more nimble as an independent company and have more flexibility

Q&A: Smashburger's Founder Ryan Talks Buzz Marketing, Being Unique and Leadership Lessons

Smashburger celebrated the opening of its 100th store in April just outside of Chicago. While many in the industry, restaurateurs, bloggers, and journalists alike, laid eagle eyes on Five Guys Burger's seemingly exponential growth across America; Tom Ryan

Q&A: Corner Bakery's President Vinz on Brand Building and Delivering Consistency

From a small corner bakery in downtown Chicago, to a coveted brand that has caught the attention of the media, restaurant analysts and chain executives alike, Corner Bakery Cafe has built its reputation in the fast casual segment on brand consistency, innovation, and a menu strategy

Micky Pant, Global Brand Builder, Golden Lion Award Winner [Mover & Shaker Bio]

Micky Pant, Chief Executive of Yum Restaurants International | Yum Brands, Inc.

Update: Micky Pant is now chief executive of Yum Restaurants International (YRI) effective December 6, 2011. He will report directly to Chairman David C. Novak and head all international business units of YRI.

Micky Pant was formerly president of Global Brand Building for Yum! Brands, a promotion in February 2009, maintaining his position as chief marketing officer for the company’s international division, Yum Restaurants International.

Jim Vinz, Brand Builder of Fast Casual Bakeries

Co-Chief Executive Officer | Le Duff America

In January of 2012, Jim Vinz was appointed to his new role as co-CEO of Le Duff America, sharing the company lead with Claude Bergeron. Vinz has been in the foodservice industry for nearly three decades and made his mark as president of Corner Bakery Cafe.

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