Jim Butler, president of the food division at United Franchise Group (UFG) has named restaurant industry leader, Bob Andersen to its Director of Sales position. Andersen held a regional sales role with the company earlier in his career and has hit the ground running upon his return as he supports the company’s two food brands—Jon Smith Subs and The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill.
“Bob brings with him much success in achieving remarkable results in operational performance, brand experience, franchising and sales growth, and is already a valued member of our team” says Butler. “We look forward to having Bob help us grow the Jon Smith Subs and The Great Greek businesses into nationally and internationally recognized brands.”
Highly regarded as a restaurant industry leader, Andersen has a successful track record in growing emerging restaurant brands and leading teams in the quick service, fast causal and full-service restaurant industries.
“I feel so fortunate to be able to return to United Franchise Group,” says Andersen. “Not a day went by that I didn’t draw on the leadership, development skills and lessons that I learned from UFG’s Founder and CEO, Ray Titus. I’m looking forward to working with leaders in franchising once again and growing the food division.”
Prior to his appointment at United Franchise Group, Andersen served as the CEO of Jimboy’s Tacos, where he led the team in a reorganization, rebranding and relaunch of the brands franchise program. His team achieved unprecedented results by enhancing the brand’s customer experience, year over year store sales and systemwide sales growth.
As the founder & CEO of Jackhammer Franchise Development, Andersen became an outsourced franchise development department for emerging restaurant and franchise companies. He also served as President for the Dallas-based franchiser, Mooyah Burgers & Fries, an emerging fast casual restaurant concept. While there, he led the initial launch, start-up and rollout of the restaurant chain. For five years, he served as the Managing Director and Director of Franchise Development at Canadian based Boston Pizza Restaurants. He led their US franchise development team to record-breaking results and a pipeline of nearly 100 restaurants in development was created to fuel future expansion.
Jon Smiths Subs currently has 26 locations with another 35 locations in various stages of development. The Great Greek currently has 8 locations with another 80 locations in various stages of development.