Togo’s Franchise Executive Team Profiles
Chairman and CEO, Togo’s Holdings, LLC
Tony & Togo’s: In 2007, Tony Gioia and Mainsail Partners, a leading growth equity firm, acquired Togo’s Eateries, a multi-unit premium sandwich concept, from Dunkin’ Brands Inc. Today, Tony serves as Chairman and CEO of Togo’s Holdings, LLC, which operates more than 240 locations across the Western United States.
Professional Experience: Tony has more than 30 years of business-building achievements within the grocery, restaurant, packaged foods, and beverage and consumer products industries. Tony’s proven track record of formulating brand development and consumer focused initiatives has been successful with Fortune 100, high-growth, turn-around, public, and start-up companies.
|Tully’s Coffee||President & CEO|
|Southwest Supermarkets, LLC.||President & CEO|
|Wolfgang Puck Foods||Co-founder & COO|
|PepsiCo||Strategic Brand Marketing|
|Bristol-Meyers Squibb (Clairol Division)||Strategic Brand Marketing|
|Western Associates of Food Chains||Board Member|
|City of Hope||Board Member|
|United Way, California||Board Member|
Business Philosophy: Tony believes that all successful people operate with similar mindsets – refusing to accept barriers and doing whatever it takes to realize a goal. He considers the unrelenting pursuit of one’s passion to be the driving force behind all thriving people and the standout trait that sets each individual apart from the rest.
Passion for Franchise: In order to further strengthen Togo’s reputation throughout California and surrounding states as a West Coast Original, Tony keeps his passion for the franchise model and his dedication to the franchisee in the forefront of his mind. It is both his promise and obligation to build a system that mutually benefits the individual franchisees and the overall success of the Togo’s brand. Rather than having a large number of average-performing stores in operation, Tony believes in slow and steady growth to ensure that existing locations are successful.
Favorites Togo’s Menu Item: #24 – Avocado and Turkey Sandwich
Vice President of Branding & Marketing, Togo’s Eateries, Inc.
Renae & Togo’s: Renae Scott joined Togo’s as vice president of branding and marketing in December 2008 and oversees new product development, marketing and advertising.
A visionary and strategist, Renae supervises all aspects of brand management. She has led Togo’s brand-rejuvenation efforts working to redesign the company’s logo, menu boards, uniforms and packaging. In addition, Renae has developed a new store prototype and remodel package for franchisees, and has been instrumental in launching new and limited time offer marketing promotions and public relations campaigns.
Professional Experience: Renae is an experienced executive and strategic marketer, having managed several nationally recognized brands within the restaurant, food and beverage, consumer products and non-profit industries.
|Round Table Pizza||Chief Marketing Officer|
|Carl’s Jr.||Vice President of Media and Field Marketing|
|Tracy Locke/Pepsico||Sr. Account Executive|
Education: Bachelor of Arts in communications with a minor in journalism from California State University, Sacramento.
Non-profit Contributions: Renae is deeply committed to her work in the non-profit sector. Most recently, she served on the Board of Directors for the flagship program of the San Francisco Giants Community Fund, the Junior Giants that provides baseball programs for children. She has also raised more than $500,000 for the Breast Cancer Foundation, as both a volunteer and board member.
Favorite Togo’s Menu Item: # 24 – Avocado & Turkey Sandwich
Vice President of Franchise Sales
Todd & Togo’s: Todd Peterson joined Togo’s Sandwiches as vice president of franchise sales in June of 2009. He is responsible for leading the company’s franchise and real estate activities.
Todd has been at the forefront of Togo’s rapid yet careful franchise growth, leading franchise and corporate development initiatives to drive systemic expansion.
Professional Experience: Todd is a leader in franchise sales, real estate and construction with a large portfolio of brand development and expansion throughout the United States and international markets.
|CiCi’s Pizza||Director of Franchise Sales|
|Sizzler Restaurants||Vice President of Franchise Development|
|Damon’s Grill||Director of Franchise Sales|
Education: Bachelor of Arts in marketing from Westmar University in Iowa.
Favorite Togo’s Menu Item: #8 – Turkey, Roast Beef & Cheese Sandwich
Vice President of Operations, Togo’s Eateries, Inc.
Rand & Togo’s: Rand Ferris joined Togo’s Sandwiches as vice president of operations in 2010. He assumes responsibility for operations including: franchised and company-owned stores, training and new restaurant construction.
A hands-on management approach, by Rand, plays a key role in effectively carrying out Togo’s aggressive strategic growth plans while continuing to focus on supporting the Togo’s franchise system.
Professional Experience: Rand is an accomplished executive with nearly 30 years of experience in executive management, business development and restaurant operations. He brings a specialized focus on operations in the restaurant industry. Having served for nearly a decade as vice president of franchise operations for International House of Pancakes (IHOP), he was involved in opening more than 500 new restaurants for the IHOP brand.
|R. Ferris and Associates||Business and Operations Consultant|
|IHOP Corp.||Vice President of Franchise Operations|
|Nut Tree||President and General Manager|
|Blum’s of San Francisco||Director of Retail Operations|
|Grand American Fare, Inc.||Vice President of Operations|
Education: Master’s in Business Administration from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Chico
Favorite Togo’s Menu Item: # 9 – Hot Pastrami Sandwich on Wheat
Vice President of Finance, Togo’s Eateries, Inc.
Susan & Togo’s: Susan Koch joined Togo’s in August 1997 as director of finance, and was promoted in January 2011 to vice president of finance.
Her hands-on experience and historical knowledge of the 40-year-old brand serves as an invaluable asset in effectively managing Togo’s finances and contributing directly to the company’s overall success.
Professional Experience: Susan is a certified public accountant, financial planner and a seasoned professional with an outstanding history of success in managing finances large national brands.
|PepsiCo (Pizza Hut division)||Finance Manager|
|ServiceMaster Management Services||Controller/Regional Director of Finance|
|Arthur Andersen||Audit Manager|
Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting, with a minor in computer programming from the University of North Texas.
Favorite Togo’s Menu Item: # 10 – Pastrami Reuben in a Wheat Wrap
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