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Focus Brands' Group President Paul Damico Named Finalist for "Restaurateur of the Year" in Georgia Restaurant Association's 2015 Crystal of Excellence Award

Focus Brands’ Group President Paul Damico Named Finalist for “Restaurateur of the Year” in Georgia Restaurant Association’s 2015 Crystal of Excellence Award

FOCUS Brands, Inc., a leading developer of global, multi-channel food service brands, announced today that Paul Damico, Group President of Restaurants, is a finalist for the 2015 Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence Awards. Damico was nominated for the “Restaurateur of the Year” award in the Large/Corporate category by a […]

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FOCUS Brands Names Steve DeSutter President and CEO

FOCUS Brands Inc. announced today that Steve DeSutter will join the company as President and Chief Executive Officer on March 17, 2014. With over 4,440 locations operating throughout the U.S. and 63 foreign countries, FOCUS Brands is the franchisor of Carvel, Cinnabon, Schlotzsky’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, McAlister’s […]

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FOCUS Brands CEO: ‘Take risks where you know you can impact the outcome’

Sometimes college degrees are necessary in business. Sometimes they’re not. Russ Umphenour would make a good poster child for the latter group. He used what he learned by working in fast-food restaurants — supplemented by reading hundreds of business books to compensate for his lack of formal training — to […]

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