GPS Hospitality, a rapidly growing Burger King and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen franchisee, has appointed Michael Lippert as chief operating officer. Leveraging over 30 years of experience in the quick-service restaurant industry, Lippert will be focused on overseeing, developing, and setting the direction for the franchisee’s day-to-day operating and marketing activities as it continues to expand into new markets.
“Michael’s strategic thinking and proven ability to deliver results make him the perfect person for this role,” says Tom Garrett, CEO of GPS Hospitality. “Michael and I have worked together for many years, and I know him to be an accomplished and passionate leader who will be an invaluable asset as we continue to accelerate our growth.”
A seasoned executive, Lippert’s impressive history in the franchise industry includes leadership roles at Captain D’s Restaurants, Arby’s Restaurant Group, and RTM Restaurant Group. Prior to joining GPS Hospitality, he most recently served as vice president of national food services at Pilot/Flying J Travel Centers, a multimillion-dollar business encompassing 11 national brands and proprietary branded delis in over 550 locations.
“GPS Hospitality’s exponential growth is inspiring and I couldn’t be more excited to join the team,” Lippert says. “My top priority will be ensuring that we continue to provide excellent service at each of our restaurants as we expand into new areas.”
In less than four years, GPS Hospitality has grown to manage 231 Burger King and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen franchise locations nationwide. By focusing on its goal-focused, talent-oriented approach to franchise management, GPS Hospitality sustains rapid growth by attracting and retaining the top talent in the quick-service food industry.