Rapidly expanding Wingstop, which recently opened its 500 restaurant, has promoted David Vernon to senior vice president of development. In his new role, Vernon will oversee the franchise development, construction, and real estate departments.
“Since joining the Wingstop family, Dave has produced outstanding results and cultivated relationships with new franchise groups and existing brand partners,” says Jim Flynn, Wingstop president and CEO. “As our new senior vice president of development he will be even more involved in spearheading the company’s overall growth and development as we open 60 new restaurants in 2012.”
Vernon joined Wingstop in October 2010 as vice president of franchise sales. Under his leadership, Wingstop has signed franchise agreements to result in more than 150 new restaurant openings in the U.S. and 120 new openings in Mexico.
With more than 20 years of restaurant franchise experience, Vernon previously spent 13 years as vice president of sales at Sonic Corporation. Prior to that, he held development positions for Brinker International, Pizza Inn Inc., USA Cafes, and Signature Foods.
Vernon is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Journalism.