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Seeking to revive its franchising efforts, Shoney’s named Terri Harof as director of franchise sales. It’s a newly created position responsible for marketing, business development, sales strategy and franchise support.

Following two recent additions to its senior leadership team, FranConnect added Johan Gedde to the newly created position of senior vice president of services.

Phil Russo is the new vice president of real estate at Captain D’s. He will spearhead planning and execution of corporate and franchise site selection in an effort to continue the company’s accelerated growth.

Lapels Dry Cleaning named David Grippi its new director of operations. He will provide support to franchise owners, train new store owners and create a standardized Lapels Production and Operations standards based on industry best practices.

Woody’s Bar-B-Q added foodservice veteran David Allgood to its roster as vice president of operations. He is responsible for partnering and consulting with the company’s franchisees. The company said Allgood’s “love affair with barbecue goes all the way back to childhood.”

Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill hired Kevin Moody to oversee franchise sales.

Stephanie Russ joined the Dallas office of Baker & McKenzie as a senior attorney. She will be part of the firm’s International Commercial Practice Group, focusing on franchise law and counseling clients on international and domestic issues.

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream hired veteran chain marketing executive Jennifer Brinker as its vice president of marketing and product development. “Jennie brings a great depth of experience across all marketing disciplines to Bruster’s,” said CEO Jim Sahene. “That, and her understanding of franchise systems, will help drive Bruster’s sales momentum.”

Focusing on growing its footprint and brands, Wyndham Hotel Group added Chip Ohlsson as executive vice president and chief development officer, North America. Ohlsson will drive the development strategy for brands including Days Inn and Super 8, with a focus on building strategic partnerships in new and existing markets.

Premium Franchise Brands, the parent of Jan-Pro and Maid Right, promoted Eddie Curry to president and chief executive officer. Previously its vice president and chief financial officer, Curry is working to push into new markets, including a rapid expansion of Maid Right.

Marty Welch joined Legacy Franchise Group as chief development officer. Welch has 25 years of experience in franchise sales and marketing.

Mobile engagement provider Punchh named Bob Lund as its new vice president of marketing.

Pet Supplies Plus hired David Leonardo as its senior vice president of franchising.

In an effort to accelerate its expansion, Children’s Lighthouse Learning Centers appointed Monica Brown its franchise development manager.

Fast-casual restaurant Cosi appointed Willy Nicolini its vice president of operations.

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