Taco John’s Welcomes Erik Hess and John Blankenship to its Board of Directors



Taco John's Welcomes Erik Hess and John Blankenship to its Board of Directors

Seasoned industry executives join popular quick-service restaurant’s board of directors to help navigate business strategy

CEO of Taco John’s Jim Creel announced today that the company has named Erik Hess and John Blankenship as the newest members of Taco John’s International’s Board of Directors.

“Erik and John are proven leaders in driving impressive results across several key areas of restaurant business,” Creel said. “Their experiences are primarily in the quick-service segment, so we have no doubt that their knowledge will add immense value to our company. We’re proud to welcome these two talented individuals as they help propel Taco John’s to even further success.”

Taco John's Welcomes Erik Hess and John Blankenship to its Board of Directors
Erik Hess

Hess joins Taco John’s board with 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry. As an accomplished senior executive, he brings extensive global leadership experience in a wide variety of roles at McDonald’s Corporation to Taco John’s. Hess also most recently served as Focus Brands’ President of the Restaurant Category, where he led Moe’s Southwest Grill, McAlister’s Deli and Schlotzky’s brands, a portfolio consisting of 1,600 locations. 

Taco John's Welcomes Erik Hess and John Blankenship to its Board of Directors
John Blankenship

Another industry visionary, Blankenship’s 43-year experience spans both the corporate and franchise sides. He began working for Wendy’s International as an assistant manager in 1976 and worked his way up into various leadership roles such as area supervisor, regional franchise director and franchise area director. Most recently, Blankenship solely owned 15 Wendy’s restaurants as a franchisee for Wendco of Western PA, LLC before joining Taco John’s.

With its fusion of distinctive flavors and south-of-the-border spices, the Taco John’s menu offers several signature items, including Meat & Potato Burritos, Stuffed Grilled Tacos, Potato Olés and bold and craveworthy Fried Chicken Tacos. Taco John’s features signature specials like Taco Tuesday, discounted breakfast burritos on Wake Up Wednesday! and the everyday $1-$2-$3 ValuEST Menu. Download the Taco John’s App and like Taco John’s Facebook page for exclusive deals.

Founded in 1969 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Taco John’s has been serving bigger. bolder. better. flavors for more than 50 years. Now, Taco John’s operates and franchises nearly 400 restaurants in 22 states – making it one of the largest Mexican quick-service restaurant brands in America. With bold originals like Potato Olés, Taco John’s knows how to Olé The Day. Taco John’s prides itself on serving generous portions of its signature menu items that are made-to-order using fresh, high-quality ingredients, seasonings and sauces. The brand was listed No. 2 in the “Mexican Food” category on Entrepreneur’s “Top Food Franchises of 2020” and was recently recognized by QSR Magazine as a “Top 15 Chain Ready to Contend as Fast Food’s Top Players.” Taco John’s is led by CEO Jim Creel, who was named one of “The Most Influential Restaurant CEOs in the Country” by Nation’s Restaurant News in 2020. For more information, visit tacojohns.com and follow Taco John’s on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok.