George W. Church, Sr.
George W. Church, Sr. opens Church's Fried Chicken-To-Go in downtown San Antonio across from the Alamo.
Churchie becomes the brand's loveable mascot.
Jalapeño peppers is 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 publicly 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.
1,000th 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 – fried dark meat – sets company record!
Close to 1,400 sold in one day.
First Texas Church's® 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 brand.
Global sales exceed 1,000,000,000.
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!..
Chief Executive Officer
Jim Hyatt has more than thirty-five years of experience at all levels of restaurant operations. Prior to joining Church's, Hyatt served as President and CEO of Cosi, Inc., a fast casual dining company where he achieved significant improvements in same store sales and profitability in a difficult economy. Previously, Hyatt spent sixteen years as an executive and franchise owner at Burger King Holdings. He served as Executive Vice President and Global Chief Operations Officer where he was instrumental in an organization-wide turnaround in sales and profitability. Hyatt was recruited to Burger King corporate after having been an award-winning Burger King franchisee in the Atlanta market for eleven years. During his time as a Burger King franchisee, Jim represented more than 11,000 restaurants and over 1,200 franchisees in 65 countries while serving on various committees in leadership roles with the National Franchisee Association.
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Profumo has more than 25 years of varied and progressive growth in financial management positions and extensive experience in the restaurant and hospitality industries. As CFO and EVP of Church's he has responsibility for business planning, accounting, tax, investor and lender relations, risk management and supply chain.
Prior to joining Church's in January 2005, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Avado Brands, Inc. a casual dining restaurant company with two brands: Don Pablo's Mexican Kitchens and Hops Restaurant Bar and Microbrewery. Mr. Profumo was responsible for all financial functions as well as information technology and human resources. He was also responsible for leading the company's successful divestiture of its 279 Applebee's franchise restaurants, generating in excess of $500 million of proceeds.
Mr. Profumo was also Chief Financial Officer of Randstad North America (RNA), the North American subsidiary of one of the largest publicly traded employment solutions and staffing companies in the world. At the time RNA employed over 50,000 workers and had revenues exceeding $1.2 billion.
Mr. Profumo began his professional career with KPMG Peat Marwick in 1974 where, prior to his departure in 1997, he served as an audit partner in the firm's manufacturing, retailing, and distribution practice, specializing in restaurant industry clients.
Mr. Profumo received both a B.S. in Hotel Administration and a M.B.A. from Cornell University. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPA's, Georgia Society of CPA's and Financial Executives International.
Chief Concept Officer
Steve Davis is responsible for all aspects of marketing for the brand, including the brand's overall global strategy and positioning as well as menu and concept innovations. Most recently, Steve was a senior marketing consultant for The Einstein Noah Restaurant Group helping the company to develop a comprehensive brand strategy. Prior to his work at Einstein, Davis was the Chief Marketing Officer for Arby's Restaurant Group and served as the President of Arby's Franchisee Association. While there, he created and led a turnaround plan that dramatically improved sales performance.
At Heineken North America, Davis served for more than ten years as the Chief Marketing Officer, where he led dramatic growth, almost tripling the size of the business during his tenure. Prior to Heineken, Davis served in senior positions for over ten years at PepsiCo in both their restaurant division at Pizza Hut as Vice President of National Marketing and the beverage division as Vice President of New Business.
Steve Davis is a graduate of the Babcock Graduate School of Management, Wake Forest University where he received his Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts.
Executive Vice President, U.S. Operations
Joe Christina has the responsibility for all of Church’s restaurant operations including operations services in the U.S. and is a member of Church’s Executive Team reporting directly to Jim Hyatt.
Christina was most recently the Senior Vice President, North America Western Division of Burger King Restaurant Franchise operations. Joe was responsible for overseeing more than 2,000 restaurants. He implemented standards and operational best practices that reduced expenses and improved quality that generated an 8% increase in comp sales in multiple markets. In his role, Christina delivered a 10% increase in operational excellence through new structure and targets and improved cleanliness and friendliness scores and customer loyalty. Joe also improved customer satisfaction in franchise restaurants by directing and ensuring that the standards of the brand image were being maintained. In addition, for underperforming restaurants, Joe Christina put into effect remodeling and refranchising programs.
Joe is a graduate of Quinnipiac College where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Marketing.
Executive Vice President of International
As the Executive Vice president of International, Mr. Kollias spearheads the global expansion and international operations for Church's/Texas Chicken. His worldwide responsibilities encompass franchise marketing and recruiting, venue development, restaurant operations, business support, product research and development and cooperative purchasing programs.
Mr. Kollias has more than 12 years of varied and progressive growth in financial management positions and extensive experience in the restaurant industry. Most recently he served as Vice President of Finance for Planet Hollywood International, Inc. Planet Hollywood operates approximately 25 company and franchise restaurants worldwide. Mr. Kollias was responsible for business planning, financial reporting, general accounting, human resources, risk management and information technology.
Prior to joining Planet Hollywood, Mr. Kollias was Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration for Hops Restaurant Bar & Brewery. At the time, Hops had 72 restaurants throughout the United States with sales in excess of $200 million. In addition, Mr. Kollias has worked with the Applebee's, Hard Rock Café and Dairy Queen brands in the areas of Operations, M&A, Planning and Purchasing.
Mr. Kollias received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and his master's degree in business administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Currently residing in Marietta, GA, he is a member of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association and a coach for Northlake Volleyball Club.
Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer
Ed Brett joins Church's after having served as a consultant for the brand in 2011. Prior to joining Church's, Mr. Brett was the Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Community Affairs for Macy's, Inc. Central Division in Atlanta. He also served in senior positions in Human Resources at Gaylan's Trading Company and Circuit City. As Chief People Officer, Mr. Brett's responsibilities include HR operations, improving talent acquisitions and development and employee relations.
Chief Chicken Officer, Senior Vice President of Research & Development and Quality Assurance
Kirk Waisner is Senior Vice President of Research & Development and Quality Assurance for Church's Chicken® in Atlanta. Kirk is responsible for developing and launching new and improved products to drive sales growth at Church's. He also oversees the Quality Assurance department, which ensures that Church's suppliers provide safe, high quality, consistent products for our operators and customers.
Kirk brings over 20 years of experience in foodservice and R&D. He has held senior R&D and QA positions at Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits, Cinnabon, Kraft Foods, and Nabisco. Kirk graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, and also holds an Associate of Science degree from Culinary Institute of America.
Senior Vice President Global Strategy, Planning and Alliances
In this newly created position, Mike Mader has global accountability for strategy development, midrange and long-term planning facilitation and execution and management of key strategic alliances and partnerships. Mike works closely with both the domestic and international teams in the development of growth strategies. Prior to joining Church's Mike was Vice President of sales at The Coca-Cola Company responsible for the Burger King Corporation account worldwide.
Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Purchasing
Barry is responsible for all global supply chain initiatives and supporting Church's growth worldwide. Most recently, Barnett was Vice President, Global Supply Chain at Burger King Corporation where he was responsible for establishing and executing the strategic supply chain vision, strategy and oversight of food, packaging, distribution, equipment and facilities. Earlier Barry was Vice president of Purchasing for Restaurant Services Incorporated (RSI) responsible for integrated supply chain management.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel
Craig Prusher is responsible for all legal matters for the brand's global business interests including franchise law, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and litigation management. Prusher joined Church's from Burger King Corporation where he was responsible for legal issues relating to franchising, real estate and government and industry relations in North America and Latin America.
Previously, Craig was an associate in the corporate department of two Boston law firms, Warner & Stackpole and Nutter, McClennen & Fish. He graduated from Boston University's College of Liberal Arts and received his B.A. magna cum laude with distinction. Prusher attended the Boston University School of Law and graduated with his juris doctor and served as an editor of the Boston University Law Review.
Craig is a member of the board of Directors of the National Council of Chain restaurants. He is also a member of the American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising, the International Franchise Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Senior Vice President, Chief Development Officer
Tony Moralejo is responsible for domestic and international expansion. His responsibilities also include franchising, reimaging, construction and real estate management.
Prior to joining Church's, Tony spent more than fifteen years in various high profile senior positions within the Burger King Corporation including providing leadership in development, franchising, real estate, finance and marketing and was the brand's International General Counsel. He was the Vice President of Development for the Latin America and Caribbean regions where he cultivated an aggressive pipeline that led the company to an unprecedented growth into new countries. Earlier in Tony's career he was the Senior Director of Partner and Franchised Management in the Direct to Consumer Group at Nike, Inc., and was a member of the brand's Global Leadership Retail Team.
Tony Moralejo graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in business administration and received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
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