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Buffalo Wild Wings hired Tim Scheiderer as director of protein supply chain. He will be responsible for oversight and day-to-day management of the restaurant’s protein procurement.

Cary Fairless is the new president of Rainbow International at Dwyer Franchising.

American Driveline Systems, parent company of AAMCO Transmissions, named Jim Gregory as its new president and CEO. “In 2018, we will target aggressive franchise growth in markets where there is a need for very specialized auto shops,” he said.

GPS Hospitality named five new partners: Dan James, director of real estate, Tom Davis, director of construction, Trish Farley, vice president of finance, Curt Oxyer, director of operations and Jay Riker, director of operations support. “Dan, Tom, Trish, Curt and Jay have proven their drive and passion in seeing our company thrive. They help make our organization stronger and it is my great pleasure to welcome them as partners,” said CEO Tom Garrett.

ComForCare named Steven Greenbaum as its new CEO to help grow the system and bring its services to more communities.

Huddle House appointed Carl Jenkins as director of real estate.

Berry Epley is the new chief financial officer at The Krystal Company.

Papa John’s promoted Steve Ritchie to CEO, replacing company founder John Schnatter.

AdvantaClean promoted Chris Stefanco as vice president of operations.

Domino’s Pizza promoted U.S. Chief Marketing Officer Joe Jordan to executive vice president of international.

Build-A-Bear Workshop appointed Craig Leavitt as non-executive chairman of its board of directors.

Chad Bentley

Chad Bentley

Fransmart’s new finance veep is participatory

Chad Bentley is Fransmart’s new vice president of finance, and he speaks passionately about his desire to bring the franchise development brand into the upper echelon of players in the industry.

“I don’t view my job as just projections and doing ROI,” he said. “One of our goals is to become the Uber or Airbnb of franchising” where anybody with a good idea can bring it to Fransmart and, ideally, receive compensation for their brainpower.

As big and sophisticated as the franchise ecosystem is, Bentley feels there are several areas where the industry can change its ways and encourage even more upstart brands to take flight. “It seems like things have been done the same way for many years and it’s worked, but I sense we’re on the cusp of a change, not just with the economy but also the environment in which franchises are sold and how concepts come to light,” he added.

His previous role was director of finance at Rent-A-Center, which took him down to Dallas for the last three years, but now that he’s stationed at Fransmart’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, Bentley is excited to be back in his home metro.

While his new position will involve plenty of number-crunching, the nature of Fransmart’s organization structure means he’ll have his hands in areas beyond finance, he said, which is what attracted him to the company and industry in the first place. Using the example of Halal Guys, which Fransmart is helping expand outside of the United States, Bentley said he’s excited to help growing companies avoid money-losing mistakes as they ramp up.

“I always have tried to partner with anybody I’m working with, whether that’s marketing, IT, the C-level suite to understand where they’re coming from and listen first to understand the problem before trying to solve it right away,” he said. “Inevitably there’s always more than one solution.”

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