We could say that Church's® started back in 1952. But the truth is, Church's® starts every day, before the sun comes up, when we roll out of bed and begin scratch-making, hand-battering, and honey-butter-drizzling like there’s no tomorrow. Unfortunately, a timeline that shows us being founded everyday for the last 60-something years would be really hard to follow, so below, you’ll find a more traditional one that tells our story. Just know we’re hard at work and ready for you and your family to help us write the next chapter.
His name is George W. Church, Sr. and he’s the reason you crave chicken so much. Thank you, George, from the bottoms of our taste buds.
George W. Church, Sr. opens Church’s Fried Chicken-To-Go in downtown San Antonio across from the Alamo.
Churchie™ becomes the brands' loveable mascot.
Jalapeño peppers are the first side item added to the menu
Church's® has more than 100 restaurants in seven states.
George W. (Bill) Church, Jr. takes over the company after his dad’s passing.
Church's® becomes a publically held company. Church's® National Headquarters complex opens in San Antonio, Texas.
Church's® joins the NY Stock Exchange. The Wall Street Journal calls Church's® “the best managed growth company in the nation.”
The first Church's® Franchise opens outside of the U.S. in Vancouver, Canada.
Our restaurant takes on a new look.
1000th Church's® opens up in Phoenix, Arizona
New ad campaign differentiates Church's® from the competition.
New ad campaign created to face the competitive. “Kick the Bucket” call-to-action goes head-to-head with another chicken chain.
Church's® gets another facelift. Colors are updated to green, white, and orange.
Church's® brand new Big Chicken Sandwich sets company record! Close to 1,400 sold in one day.
First Texas Chicken® opens in Indonesia.
AFC, the new parent company of Church's Chicken®, moves Church's® headquarters to Atlanta, Georgia.
After 12 years with AFC, Church's® is acquired by a private equity firm and is no longer associated with any other brands.
Global sales exceed 1,000,000,000. That’s a lot of chicken!
For more than 60 years Church's® has been through many changes-new looks, products, new advertising campaigns and more. But the one thing that has always remained the same. We’re still serving the best darn chicken in the world!
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Chief Executive Officer
After 35 years in the QSR business, it’s safe to say Jim Hyatt knows how to run a restaurant chain. His career began as an award-winning Burger King franchisee, where he represented more than 11,000 restaurants and 1,200 franchises around the world as a member of the Burger King National Franchise Association. Before long, Jim’s active leadership style and knack for success earned him a high-profile position with Burger King Corporate. As that company’s EVP and Global Chief Operations Officer, Jim quickly engineered an organization-wide turnaround in sales and profitability.
Jim was later President and CEO of Cosi, Inc., a casual dining company where he improved same stores sales and profitability despite the economic downturn. Now with our country back on track and Jim at the helm of our organization, the Church's® brand never looked better.
EVP and Chief Financial Officer
Every successful business needs somebody who’s great at math. That’s Dusty Profumo. He’s a seasoned financial veteran with more than 25 years of experience within the restaurant and hospitality sector. As our EVP and Chief Financial Officer, his responsibilities includes accounting, tax, business planning, investor and lending relations, as well as risk and supply chain management.
Before joining Church's®, Dusty was Chief Financial Officer of Avado Brands, Inc, the parent company of Don Pablo’s® Mexican Kitchens and Hops Restaurant Bar and Brewery, where he led the successful divestiture of the company’s 279 Applebee’s® restaurants. Before that he was the CFO of Randstad North America Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of one of the largest publicly traded employment and staffing companies in the world. He began his financial career in 1974 with KPMG Pete Marwick.
EVP, U.S. Operations
If you’re looking for someone who loves responsibility, look no further than Joe Christina. He’s the man in charge of all Church's® restaurant operations, including U.S. operations services. But the thing that really makes Joe stand out is his proven ability to get results.
While he was SVP of Franchise Operations for the North America Western Division of Burger King, Joe implemented standards that immediately reduced expenses and improved quality to the tune of an 8% increase in same-store sales. He also engineered improved scores in crucial operations aspects such as store cleanliness and friendliness, customer loyalty, and customer satisfaction.
Joe is a graduate of Quinnipiac College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Marketing.
EVP, Global Chief Marketing Officer
When it comes to building an exceptional brand experience, Mark Snyder gets it. In fact, he’s done it for some of the world’s biggest brands. At Sears Holding Corporation, Mark was CMO of the 18 million-dollar Kmart® brand, where he led the successful launch of the Kmart “Smart” value proposition and spearheaded innovative retail campaigns and apparel lines.
During his 30-year career, Mark has held a number of marketing leadership positions, including SVP Global Brand Manager for the Holiday Inn® and Holiday Inn Express® hotel brands, SVP of Embassy Suites® Brand Management for Hilton Hotels, and VP of Brand Management for Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc.
He began his career in the hospitality field in 1980 as a Food and Beverage Manager for Helmsley Hotels.
Zack Kollias is our EVP of International, which means he’s on a mission to make sure everyone—and we mean everyone—gets a taste of our famous hand-battered chicken. In other words, he’s responsible for the global expansion and worldwide operations of the Church's Chicken® / Texas Chicken® brand. His duties include franchise marketing and recruiting, venue development, operations, product R&D, and cooperative purchasing programs.
Zack has held high-ranking financial management positions with Planet Hollywood International Inc. and Hops Restaurant Bar & Brewery. Over the years, he’s also lent his services to major brands like Applebee’s®, Hard Rock Café®, and Dairy Queen®.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
EVP, Chief People Officer
A great organization starts with great people. Lucky for us, we’ve got Ed Brett making sure we find and nourish the best talent in the business. Ed’s work with Church's® began as a consultant in 2010, but it wasn’t long before his stellar performance landed him the role of Chief People Officer. His primary responsibilities include HR operations, talent development, talent acquisition improvement, and employee relations.
Ed was also the EVP of Human Resources and Community Affairs for Macy’s Inc. Central Division. His resume includes senior HR posts at Gaylan’s Trading Company and Circuit City Stores, Inc.
Chief Chicken Officer, SVP, Research & Development and Quality Assurance.
Kirk Waisner has the greatest job in the world. As our Chief Chicken Officer, he’s responsible for cooking up tasty new products and making sure they’re always downright delicious. And if that doesn’t make you jealous, he’s also spent more than two decades in all sorts of enviable R&D and quality assurance positions at major companies like Popeye’s®, Cinnabon®, Kraft® Foods, and Nabsico®.
Kirk graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science and holds an Associate of Science degree from the Culinary Institute of America.
SVP, Global Planning Strategy and Alliances
If you want to get ahead in the chicken business, you’d better have a plan. On second thought, you’d better have somebody like Mike Mader. As our head of Global Strategy, Planning, and Alliances, Mike handles all aspects of Church's® development from midrange and long-term planning to the strategic management of alliances and partnerships. He also works closely with domestic and international teams to develop the growth strategies that keep our business successful.
Mike was VP of sales at the Coca-Cola Company overseeing the coveted worldwide Burger King Corporation account.
SVP, Global Supply Chain and Purchasing
When you make chicken this good, keeping up with demand is a full-time job. But we’re not just saying that. It’s a job that belongs to Barry Barnett, our head of Global Supply Chain and Purchasing.
His responsibilities include keeping our supplies up and our business ready for growth.
Barry was previously VP and Global Supply Chain manager at Burger King Corporation where he established and led successful strategies for the supply of food, packaging, distribution, equipment, and facilities. Let’s just hope we always have a supply of Barry.
SVP, General Counsel and Secretary
Craig Prusher would love to tell you his job is easy. But the truth is there’s a lot of legal work that comes with franchising and operating restaurants all over the world. As Church's® General Counsel, Craig handles all the nitty-gritty legal details of our global business including franchise law, acquisitions and divestitures, intellectual property, human resources, real estate and litigation.
He joins Church's® after 19 years at Burger King Corporation where he was responsible for franchising, real estate, and government and industry relations in North and Latin America as VP, Assistant General Counsel. Previously, he was an associate in the corporate department of two Boston law firms, Warner & Stackpole and Nutter, McClennen & Fish.
Craig graduated with a B.A. from Boston University and received his law degree from Boston University School of Law.
SVP, Chief Development Officer
Tony Moralejo’s job isn’t done until there’s a Church's® in every neighborhood—or at least one within reasonable driving distance. That’s because he’s our Chief Development Officer, responsible for our domestic and international expansion. His duties include franchising, reimaging, construction, and real estate management.
Tony spent 15 years in various leadership roles at Burger King Corporation, including General Counsel and later VP of Development for the Latin America and Caribbean regions, where he achieved unprecedented growth. He also served as Senior Director of Partner and Franchise Management in the Direct to Consumer Group at Nike, Inc., and was a member of the brand’s Global Leadership Retail Team.
He graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in business administration and received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
First Graduating Class Celebrates Success
Iconic chicken brand unveils newest location in Phoenix, AZ
The new location, which will be the 1,131st restaurant in the domestic Church’s® network
Limited Edition Retro Gear at Compton Location Available for a Limited Time Only
Joins the Team as a Results-Driven Marketing Leader
Seafood-Focused Offerings Available for Limited Time Only
Guest Favorites Team Up Just in Time for the Big Game
Long-Standing Community Tradition Helpd to Feed More than 600
Church’s Chicken® Breaks Into Social Media’s Top-3 for Chicken Restaurants
Multi-Year Deal to Include Advertising, Merchandising and Local Store Marketing
Church’s Stride for Success program currently includes 27 Church’s Crewmembers
Church’s Chicken® Gives Georgia Scorcher a New Look
The beloved dish returns for a limited time on October 26
Foundation Receives Gold Newcommer Award at Inaugural Ceremony
Iconic chicken brand unveils newest location in San Antonio
Chicken chain to support local Laredo youth education initiative
Zesty New Menu Item Debuts September 21
Special Meal Options Part of September’s Chicken and Biscuit Month Celebrations
Joshua Robinson & Braxton Burke Crowned New Champions at 2015 Finals
Auckland Welcomes First of 20 New Texas Chicken Restaurants
70 New Texas Chicken Restaurants expected by 2023
Drummers compete for World Champion title at Music City Center
Restaurant celebrates National Fried Chicken Day with exclusive two-day offer
175 high school seniors receive $1,000 towards college tuition
Cluck Truck heads to San Marcos for three days to bring warm food for those in need
Cluck Truck rolls into San Juan to celebrate with senior class and teachers
Texas A&M A.R. Sanchez Jr. School of Business students intern for Church's
Churchs celebrates National Biscuit Day with biscuit giveaway
Restaurant Celebrates with Multiple Generations of Employees
Celebrate Mom with something sweet this holiday
Chicken chain turns up the heat with signature sauce for a limited time
South Florida-based agency to assist in national growth plans
Popular chicken chain makes pizza seem passé for parties
New restaurant brings southern flavor to the nation's capitol
New restaurant image is sure to turn heads in the South Texas
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State-of-the-Art Food Truck to Serve Chicken Lovers Across Four States
Bite-Sized Indulgence Blends Church’s® Famous Biscuits with Iconic Snack Food Brand
Five Local Schools to Benefit in September and October
Quick Service Restaurant Chain Conducted Extensive Search & Review Process
Syndicated Drive-Thru Gourmet Columnist, Ken Hoffman praises Big Tex Club Sandwich
The Big Tex Club Sandwich and the Church's Guest Star Club
Church's Appoints Executive Vice President for U.S. Operations
Church's and Coca-Cola® offer exciting giveaway
Church's Chicken® Appoints Industry Leader Steve Davis as Chief Concept Officer
Church's Chicken Announces Selection of the New Advertising Agency
Church's Chicken Introduces New Flavors to one of its most Popular Sandwiches on the Menu
Robert Crews is Names Church's Chicken Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
More Changes at Church's Chicken to Support Continued Growth and Expansion
Former Cosi CEO Brings More than 35 Years of Restaurant Experience
Joel Burger is Named Church's Chicken Senior Vice President, Brand Marketing
And we know it’ll take a lot more than good food to keep them strong. So we do our best to support programs that make things better in our own backyard.
Minds get hungry, too. And when they do, we want to help feed them. The Church's® Scholars Program is proud to award scholarships to outstanding high school seniors in our own community. Who knows, maybe someone from our little neck of the woods will have an idea that changes the world.
The application period for graduating high school seniors begins January 2016.
For the third straight year, we teamed up with Fire Station 16 in Atlanta to make Christmas a littler brighter for those in need. More than 600 kids and their families attended the 42nd Annual Atlanta Fire Rescue Department’s Community Christmas Event. And along with co-sponsor, Coca-Cola®, we were able to give them the holiday celebration they deserved. A hot, delicious Christmas lunch with Church's Chicken®, biscuits, and plenty of donated toys for the kids.
Church's® and Coca-Cola® bring the Christmas cheer with more than 1,000 donated toys and bikes.
Thanks to Fire Station 16, Coca-Cola®, and our leadership team and employees, the Community Christmas Lunch was a huge hit. We can’t wait to help out again next year.
Each year, Church’s® employees partner with the Open Arms program—part of the CURE Childhood Cancer initiative in Atlanta—to serve meals to children fighting cancer.
CURE Childhood Cancer believes that childhood cancer can be cured in our lifetime