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Executive Ladder


Scott Barnett is the new CEO of the Shrimp Basket. Barnett is the founder and former CEO of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Raw juice and smoothie chain Juice it Up hired John Bifone as its new vice president of operations.

Fazoli’s named David Hasler, a former Wal-Mart executive, as its new CFO.

Captain D’s promoted Janet Duckham to chief supply chain officer, and promoted Nancy Ward to vice president of training.

Amy Williams became director of real estate at the franchisor of The Goddard School.

Marco’s Pizza promoted Tony Libardi from executive vice president to COO, and hired John Ramsay and Travis Edmonson to work on brand develop and new store sites.

FSC Franchise Co., parent company of Beef ‘O’ Brady’s and The Brass Tap, hired Jean Baudrand as its new chief brand developer.

Direct Energy Home Services promoted Rick Yohn to senior vice president of franchise operations and Paul Brewster to vice president of franchise operations.

Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar said Vince Runco is the company’s new vice president of operations.

Huey Magoo’s Chicken Tenders added former Wingstop executives Wes Jablonski, Bill Knight and Mike Sutter to their board.

Fetch Pet Care promoted James Mowery from COO to president.

Julie Schaubroeck joined Culver Franchising System as its vice president of marketing. She was associate VP of brand and consumer marketing at American Family Insurance.

Powerhouse Public Relations hired Jessica Lee to its newly created position of social media coordinator.

Ann Littman

Ann Littmann

From intern to chief executive at Safeway Driving

Back in 2011, Ann Littmann accepted an internship at Safeway Driving, a small Texas company with 5 locations. Six years later, after helping Safeway grow to 22 units in Texas, the 28-year-old Littmann has been promoted to CEO of the company.

Littmann dedicated much of her recent time to adding technology. As she moved up the ranks, Littmann and the team developed an operating system called Drive Center, allowing the company to go paperless. They also developed an online curriculum for students to learn on their own time.

As Littmann moved up to director of operations and vice president, Safeway expanded to greater Texas. National expansion for the brand is difficult as each state has different rules for behind-the-wheel training.

Ohio has similar regulations, so the team is looking at potential expansion there first.

“Some states don’t actually require any behind-the-wheel training, which is terrifying,” Littmann said.

“We’re really focusing our growth opportunities on areas where there’s a certain number of behind the wheel training hours required.”

Littmann stresses giving back to the local community is a central point to its mission, saving lives through successful driver’s education.

Safeway is getting ready to launch the Foundation for Safe Driving program, leveraging research into new teaching methods, and will provide scholarship opportunities for needy students.

Littmann is also passionate about Safeway’s Driver’s Ed At Your Speed program, designed for students on the autism spectrum. Participants of the program are able to take the course at their own pace, and generally spend 20 extra hours behind the wheel to hone their skills.

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