Swig Names Angela Kavanaugh Director of People and Culture

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The HR Pro Will Be Central in Shaping an Inclusive Environment

Swig, a popular drive-through soda-fountain franchise known for its popular “dirty sodas,” has added Angela Kavanaugh as director of people and culture. This position comes amid the brand’s expansive growth, which she will help foster by cultivating an inclusive and welcoming culture. She brings more than 12 years of HR experience to the role, with a focus in the tech industry.

This is Kavanaugh’s first venture into franchising. So far, she has enjoyed watching the beverage brand grow and witnessing its impact in the community. “I’m most looking forward to not only introducing Swig to new markets, but to create opportunities for owners and operators to become a part of something truly special. With franchising, I no longer feel like I’m gatekeeping — Dirty Dr. Peppers for everyone!” she said.

Swig’s rapid growth over the past few years, with more on the horizon, was very attractive to Kavanaugh. After meeting with the leadership team, she immediately saw their dedication to the brand’s mission as well as their intentional focus on the value of their workforce and connection with customers. Kavanaugh knew from the start that she would be able to be her authentic self at work. 

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Angela Kavanaugh is the new director of people and culture for Swig. 

CEO Rian McCartan praises her expertise and leadership abilities. “Angela is a coach, a leader, and a difference-maker. As we get ready to expand across the country, we will need her expertise and guidance to make sure Swig’s employee culture remains strong and thriving. We’re lucky to have her in the Swig family, and I can’t wait to work alongside her.” 

Fast-Paced Food and Beverage Industry 

In addition to providing guidance with Swig’s culture, Kavanaugh is excited to be on the research and development panel to taste test new products. On top of that, she describes the booming food and beverage industry and its growth trajectory as “the definition of fast-paced.” She explains that while this growth has its challenges, it also presents the opportunity to be nimble and pivot when necessary. An operationally-oriented builder at her core, Kavanaugh finds it rewarding to see the outcome of hard work quickly, whether by creating processes or enhancing training programs. “Our ability to iterate as needed for the good of our team, brand, and customers is truly stimulating.”

Fostering an Inclusive Workplace  

Kavanaugh is genuinely impressed by entrepreneurs and stresses the importance of cultivating a professionally diverse network to increase their success. She explains that they should take opportunities to leverage this group for ideas, practice, and feedback. While fellow entrepreneurs will provide lessons learned, she recommends connecting with those outside of your industry who can offer different perspectives, noting that you become those who you surround yourself with.

Kavanaugh believes that franchisors should be mindful of the value they place at all levels within the workforce in order to foster an inclusive workplace. She views a team as being composed of a variety of experiences that can be tapped to improve the brand. Additionally, she cites embracing authenticity, asking for feedback and promoting a growth mindset as important aspects of an inclusive workplace. “When a workforce is inclusive, the belonging and sense of ownership is palpable. We win together. Swig has done such an amazing job of that currently, and I’m excited to see the learnings and perspective we yield from our new brand leaders and team.”

About Swig

Founded in 2010 in St. George, Utah, by Nicole Tanner, Swig has grown to become one of the fastest-growing beverage brands in the country. In addition to soda, Revivers, Refreshers, and hot chocolate, the brand also offers pretzel bites and other treats like sugar cookies. Since its founding, the beverage franchise has grown to 60 locations in seven states, according to a press release.

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Haley Cafarella is a passionate journalist and writer for IFPG. In her role as content and marketing specialist, she creates original articles for FranchiseWire and Franchise Consultant Magazine. Her specialties include educational articles about buying a franchise and franchise consulting. She also reports on franchise professionals who were recently promoted or hired through FranchiseWire’s popular HireWire series.

Haley has contributed to a variety of regional publications, including Quo Vadis, New Brunswick Today, and the Trenton Monitor. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Rutgers University.
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