Fazoli’s, America’s largest fast casual Italian chain has appointed three industry veterans to the company’s corporate leadership team: Jeff Sturgis as Chief Development Officer, Rodney Lee as Chief Financial Officer and Jodie Conrad as Vice President of Marketing. Closing out the calendar year, the company has experienced strong success throughout 2017 with the rollout of newly remodeled locations, the signing of promising single- and multi-unit franchise agreements, the opening of new restaurants nationwide and the integration of the brand’s first mobile ordering and loyalty app. On the heels of this system-wide growth and technology enhancements, the executive team will seek to further expand the brand and improve the overall customer experience.
Fazoli’s new executive team members include:
- Jeff Sturgis, Chief Development Officer – In his new role at Fazoli’s, Sturgis will be responsible for driving the brand’s franchise development efforts for the 200+ unit, leading fast casual Italian restaurant chain, in addition to leading strategic planning efforts and execution of all restaurant development, real estate and franchise sales activities.
- Rodney Lee, Chief Financial Officer – Rodney Lee joined the company originally back in September 2008 as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, bringing with him a strong background in the restaurant industry. Lee took a brief hiatus with Fazoli’s, joining The Krystal Company functioning as the brand’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. When an opportunity to return to Fazoli’s unique brand culture became available, Lee rejoined the company in September, reprising his original role.
- Jodie Conrad, Vice President of Marketing – Formerly serving as Fazoli’s Senior Brand Director, Conrad was promoted to her new position as Vice President of Marketing in September 2017. In Conrad’s new role, she will be responsible for all marketing functions and product development for the brand.
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