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Pinch A Penny Pool Patio and Spa appointed Michael Arrowsmith as its new chief development officer.

Dave Crowley returns to A&W Restaurants to head development.

Sport Clips promoted Martha England to senior vice president of marketing.

Camp Bow Wow named Cail Morrison as its new president.

GPS Hospitality hired Daniel Lee as finance manager; Christy Norris as director of payroll/HR; Jim Barlow as director of IT; and Reggie Thomas as director of operations.

Annex Brands announced multiple promotions, including Patrick Edd as chief operating officer and Steve Goble as executive vice president and chief brand officer.

Randall Lawrence is the new vice president of supply for Church’s Chicken.

Fox Rothschild brought on John  Gessner as partner.

Lauren Caracciolo is the new account assistant at BizCom Associates.

Roy Rogers promoted Al Jones to director of operations.

Athletic Republic appointed John Brenkus as chief sports science offer and Tommy Auger as chief financial officer.

Adam Kirschman is the first president of FranchiseHelp.

Gail Garvin-Golley joined Avanti Restaurant Solutions as director of purchasing.

Painting with a Twist welcomed Katherine LeBlanc as its first chief marketing officer.

Rave Restaurant Group named Bob Bafundo as president and Andrea Allen as chief accounting and administrative officer.


Bill Gabbard

Bill Gabbard

New prez at Edwards Global is ‘Tylenol of franchising’

After 11 years with the company, Bill Gabbard is now the president of Edwards Global Services, a consulting firm that helps franchisors enter international markets. With experts located in 32 countries worldwide, EGS provides logistics and demographics know-how via its in-country support, all the way down to what franchises should be charging for their products or services in each country.

Gabbard’s career in franchising began right after his graduation from Purdue University, when he started his own business pin-striping cars. Following this was another entrepreneurial endeavor in plastics called ProFusion Systems, which Gabbard ran for 16 years before selling it. “I kind of retired at 35,” he said, before he got right back into the game by helping a public bank go international, heading franchising group Zoring International, and growing Navis Pack & Ship Centers’ franchise portfolio from one store to 103.

With a wide range of experience in franchise growth and international markets, Gabbard brought a series of 15 services to EGS, including global events, background checks and termination. “It’s something that scares people,” Gabbard said of termination, “but everyone, even McDonald’s, terminates franchises. It’s part of the life of franchising.”

The main goal for EGS is to “eliminate pain” for growing franchises, Gabbard said. He explained that each franchise has something different that they need assistance with. “We’re kind of a pain reliever,” he said, “the Tylenol of franchising.”

As the new president of EGS, Gabbard is continuing the company’s global access services, acquiring emerging franchise systems, and working with unique venues such as airports to help expand client brands.

—Laura Beier

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