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Fazoli’s promoted Doug Bostick to vice president of franchise services. He is responsible for franchise operations, as well as sales and development.

Jeff Wesley was promoted to CEO by Two Men and a Truck. Wesley served as CFO for the past seven and a half years.

Rock & Brews appointed Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers USA, to its board of directors.

Greg Schussler was hired by Penn Station East Coast Subs as area representative for West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeast Ohio. He was a general manager at Max & Erma’s.

City Wide Franchise appointed Darin Hicks to COO and Russ Rogers to business performance coach.

School of Rock hired Stacey Paez as vice president of business development. Paez will manage operational and marketing initiatives while advancing the franchise’s reach.

JoAnna Tuttle Bergfeld is the new director of studio operations at Fitwall. Most recently, Bergfeld was president of Elements, a fitness and lifestyle brand for women.

The Learning Experience appointed Andrew Alfano as COO, charged with leading the execution of operational strategies globally, guiding the organization’s growth and enhancing marketing initiatives.

Kampgrounds of America (KOA) promoted its senior vice president of marketing, Toby O’Rourke, to the new role of chief franchise operations officer. She will also take responsibility for brand marketing.

Cam Hoang has rejoined Dorsey & Whitney’s corporate group as a partner in its Minneapolis office. For the last 10 years, she was senior counsel and assistant secretary at General Mills.

At Wiggin and Dana, John Doroghazi was promoted to partner. Doroghazi is a member of its litigation department and the franchise and distribution practice group.

Sandra Wall rejoined DLA Piper’s franchise and distribution group after spending more than 10 years at McDonald’s Corp.

Einbinder & Dunn announced James Goniea joined the partnership, and the name of the firm has changed to Einbinder Dunn & Goniea.

Yodle, an online marketing company in the franchise space, has hired Steven Power as president of its brand networks business and Jessica McGinn as PR manager. 

Jason Dowd

Jason Dowd

Moe’s new executive chef is ready to shake it up

With a love for blending sweet and spicy flavors—and a side of cilantro—Jason Dowd, the new corporate executive chef at Moe’s Southwest Grill, hopes to shake up the menu of a restaurant he’s been frequenting for years.

“Chips and queso, and I always get the Homewrecker Burrito with chicken,” Dowd said, firing off his usual order at Moe’s. “Then I load up on all of my favorite things—a squeeze of fresh lime, a little bit of fresh chopped cilantro and the Hard Rock ‘n Roll sauce goes on every bite.”

A recent transplant from Denver to Atlanta, where Moe’s parent Focus Brands is headquartered, Dowd has a deep culinary background as the previous corporate executive chef and director of culinary for Consumer Capital Partners where he oversaw Tom’s Urban, Live Basil Pizza and Smashburger. Prior to that, he was Managing Chef R&D for the Olive Garden (Darden Restaurants).

While he didn’t set out to become a corporate chef when he enrolled in culinary school years ago, Dowd said the job involves keeping everybody in mind, from franchisors to franchisees to customers, while still exercising the freedom to push the flavor envelope.

“I really like the combination of sweet and heat,” he said, outlining his goals for future menu items. “That whole Southwestern flavor palate with all the different types and heat levels of peppers gives you a broad range to draw on.”

He and his wife’s food-based travels have slowed, now that they have two young kids at home—ages 2 and 6 months— but he still looks for inspiration wherever he visits, be they upscale destinations or the countless new fast-casual concepts near his new home.

“It can come from mom-and-pops, white tablecloth, from very traditional recipes and doing those to the letter, but also putting your own twist on them,” he said of his ongoing search for new flavors and ideas. “You have to understand the basics, though, before you start trying to fusion them or put your own spin on it.”

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