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El Pollo Loco, a fast-food Mexican restaurant, appointed Jonathan Rogan as manager of culinary development. Rogan previously served as executive chef and director of research and development for Perspectives/The Consulting Group, a restaurant-consulting firm.

Kelly Schwartz was named meetings and special projects coordinator for IAHI, the owners’ association of InterContinental Hotels Group. Schwartz formerly was the marketing and business development coordinator for The North Highland Company in Atlanta.

Deb Evans was named chief executive officer of ComputerTots/Computer Explorers, a provider of computer technology education for children. Previously, Evans served as company president.

Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza, a pizza take-out and delivery franchise, appointed Brian O’Keefe as financial analyst. O’Keefe is a recent graduate of Gonzaga University.

KnowFat Franchise Company, franchisor of KnowFat Lifestyle Grille, named Jill Ashmore as vice president of food operations and Efrem Cutler as vice president of food development. Prior to KnowFat, Ashmore was senior director of operations for Atlanta Bread Company. Cutler was president and owner of Edible Expressions, a café and bakery in Roswell, Ga.

Verlo Mattress Factory Stores appointed John Siipola as president. Prior to Verlo, Siipola was a franchise sales consultant for PostNet International Corporation, a postal and business services franchise.

Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill hired Jeff Bracken as president and chief operating officer. Bracken previously was chief operating officer of the Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon restaurant chain.

Romacorp Inc., parent company of Tony Roma’s restaurants, promoted Marc Buehler to chief operating officer and executive vice president. Buehler has been vice president of marketing since 2002.

Captain D’s, a seafood restaurant chain, named David Head as president and chief operating officer. Before Captain D’s, Head served as president and CEO of Romacorp Inc.

FASTSIGNS International Inc., a sign and graphics franchisor, promoted Raj Croager to chief information officer. Croager previously was vice president of information technology for FASTSIGNS.

Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinics appointed Dr. Abraham J. Sayegh as corporate medical director. Sayegh owns Dermacare of North Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Ariz.

PostalAnnex+, a full-service postal, packaging and business services franchise, promoted Sean Hilly to senior vice president. Hilly formerly was vice president of franchise services.

Lenny’s Franchisor, franchisor of Lenny’s Sub Shops, promoted Brent Alvord from chief financial and development officer to president. Lenny’s also promoted Linda Costas to executive vice president of real estate and construction. Costas previously was vice president of brand management and real estate.

Wyndham Worldwide appointed Greg Hill as senior vice president of human resources; Greg Land, senior vice president of global sales; and Heny Gabay, vice president of strategy. Hill formerly was vice president of human resources and labor relations in North America for Starwood Hotel and Resorts Worldwide. Land served as senior vice president, sales and marketing for Sabre Holdings in Southlake, Texas. Gabay was director of international business development for The McGraw-Hill Companies.

Fiducial, a global provider of financial and business services, named Rochelle Owsley as marketing manager. Owsley has 10 years of experience in the marketing industry.

Math Monkey, a Miami-based supplemental education company that teaches Vedic math (an ancient Indian-based system of mental calculation), hired Randy Corona as chief operating officer. Before Math Monkey, Corona served as president, chief operating officer and vice president of operations for Signs Now Corp.

Wingstop, a chicken wing franchise, promoted Anthony Cooke to regional vice president of operations. Cooke has been with the company since 2005 as a franchise field consultant and has more than 20 years of restaurant industry experience.


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Ann Schmitt was named president and chief executive officer for Across America Real Estate Corp., a provider of project funding for retail expansion. Schmitt previously was president of Aimbridge Lending, an auto loan originator and processing company.

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