Frisch’s Big Boy hired Jason Vaughn as its new CEO.
John Dawson was named chief development officer at El Pollo Loco.
iFranchise Group hired Barry Falcon, Joanna Meiseles and Michael Svancarek as senior consultants.
CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries named Mark Belanger as VP of global franchise operations and development.
Dexter Newman was appointed as the chief financial officer at Famous Dave’s of America.
Uncle Maddio’s Pizza announced Mollie Tregembo is its new vice president of marketing and Tammy Lucich is its new senior field marketing manager.
Planet Fitness hired four new staffers: Jim Esposito as senior vice president, corporate club operations; Brian Zehetner as director of health and fitness; Josh Beyer as vice president of real estate and construction; and Brian O’Donnell as vice president and corporate controller.
One of the architects of Blink Fitness, Dos Condon, has been appointed to the new role of vice president of franchising operations.
Melissa Cook is the newest addition to the LeasePlan sales team, heading the acquisition of new accounts in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest.
After consulting for Watermill Express, Madison Jobe was named its new chief operating officer.
Richard Ueberfluss was named chief operating officer of Assisting Hands Home Care. His wife, Jennifer Ueberfluss, will expand her role to president of Assisting Hands Chicago.
After opening its new home office in Houston, Muscle Maker Grill promoted Ben Ross to vice president and Aimee Infante to vice president of marketing.
Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More promoted Tina Bacon-DeFrece from executive vice president to president.
Jim Eagan is the new chief financial officer at Elder Automotive Group.
Tamara Dixon and Jodie Zollman joined CRDN, the Certified Restoration Drycleaning Network, as national sales managers. They will work with the corporate team and local franchise owners.
Great Clips’ CFO and treasurer downshifts to part-time
A man of many hats throughout his career at Great Clips, Steve Overholser is officially turning over his reins as chief financial officer and treasurer after nearly 21 years at the Minneapolis-based company.
His semi-retirement itinerary includes more time with grandkids and further research of his ancestors’ involvement in General William Tecumseh Sherman’s army during the Civil War.
Overholser will continue coordinating tax-related matters for Great Clips, and also remain hospitality director for the company’s NASCAR sponsorship program.
“Part of the reason I stayed so long was the consistency of management,” he said of stepping back.
“I developed really strong working relationships and friendships with coworkers, and that level of consistency at the top made it easy for me to stay to help build the business.”
Compared with his first days at the company in 1995, when Great Clips was a regional brand with 500 salons, it is now in another league as it prepares to reach the 4,000-unit level by the end of 2016.
“We’ve never done a lot of heavy M&A activity,” he added of that exponential growth. “It’s been organic, strategic growth, which makes the growth pattern easier to swallow because you’re eating everything one bite at a time.”
Overholser said he often felt like he’s had two jobs, referencing his work as treasurer and CFO, as well as hands-on work with franchisees.
He said the most rewarding experience was seeing franchisees who once struggled now owning “20, 30 or, in one case, 50 or more salons” employing hundreds of people.