WellBiz Brands appointed Joseph Luongo as executive chairman, Matt Stanton as chief development officer and Jody Ryan as executive director of communications.
Jersey Mike’s added two members to its real estate team: Paul Williams for the south central markets and Cortney Rickle for the northeast.
Jeffery Kent is the new senior vice president of information technology at Flynn Restaurant Group.
Global franchisor Villa Restaurant Group promoted Andrea Carella to director of brand marketing, Christopher McNamee as senior manager of business development and Ryan Juliano to senior business analyst.
Velvet Taco brought on Allyn Taylor as chief development officer.
Doherty Enterprises promoted Tim Doherty to president and chief operating officer.
Jeff Melnick will be Boston’s Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar’s new executive vice president.
Blink Fitness promoted former president Todd Magazine to chief executive officer and former vice president of operations David Collignon to senior vice president of operations.
Fransmart brought on Michael D’Arezzo to assist in global marketing.
Faisal Khan has been promoted to chief information officer for Home Franchise Concepts.
Jimmy John’s hired John Shea as chief marketing officer and Stephen Piacentini as chief development officer.
Josh Robinson was appointed to vice president of licensing and development of Pearle Vision.
The Lost Cajun appointed Richard Berns as chief operating officer and Richard Leveille as chief development officer.
Moe’s Southwest Grill appointed Kate Munoz as chief taco officer, after receiving the majority of votes from the public in a social media campaign.
Maurice Cooper is Wingstop’s new senior vice president and chief marketing officer.
Mark Jenkins is the new senior director of marketing at Roy Rogers.
ThirdHome appointed Randy Burgess as senior vice president of business development.
Dream Vacations VP focuses on engagement and training
After spending time in the Air Force, teaching high school in Chicago and operating a coffee shop, Dustin Jones found his passion at Dream Vacations. “After I went on my first cruise, I realized I love this industry,” said Jones.
Jones’ history in training and education will combine well in his new role as vice president of engagement. Since joining in 2011, he has worked his way up from training specialist to managing the support team and training at the travel agency franchise.
“We try to make sure they feel connected to us, and feel like part of the family,” he said of Dream Vacations’ franchisees. “Our sole purpose is to help them succeed.”
In the newly created position solidifying support for franchisees, Jones will be overseeing and promoting this engagement, but also organizing training sessions and events.
“It’s ongoing training and learning,” he said, explaining the industry changes every day. Dream Vacations agents stay updated on ships, bookings and current offerings in what he described as an “ever-changing landscape.” A recent trend he mentioned is the growth in “land vacations,” or anything Dream Vacations offers that isn’t a cruise, whether it’s a tour in Europe or weekend in Las Vegas.
Jones has been to six of the seven continents and thanks to recent interest in river cruises, estimates he has been on every single river in Europe. “Every dollar I have goes to travel,” he said.
Working with small business owners is his favorite. “Talking with them every day and seeing their passion, it’s very rewarding,” he said. “Seeing them be successful and working around this is what I feed off of.”