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David Knies
VP, Domestic Franchise Development

David Knies joins Church’s Chicken as VP, Domestic Franchise Development after nearly 22 years at McDonald’s Corporation in a number of leadership roles, beginning with Regional Controller and ending as Atlanta Region Finance Director. After concluding his tenure in the role of Finance Director, David’s financial analysis expertise was beyond evident as he began his career transition to Church’s. David now applies his extensive industry knowledge to lead and direct all elements related to the selection, negotiation and onboarding of domestic franchisees. David further oversees the new site selection, acquisitions, and approvals for new restaurants, in addition to real estate development and construction.

David holds a Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Tennessee.


Tanya Mareno
Director, Domestic New Business

As Director of New Business for Church’s Chicken, Tanya Mareno maintains oversight of recruiting new business development for our domestic side. Stimulating modern recruitment strategies, implementing and monitoring progress towards the goals of new and existing franchise operations. Tanya brings over 23 years of franchising experience and 13 years of restaurant development expertise to her role as Director. Tanya’s keen understanding of the quick-service restaurant industry delivers rare insight to the as she assists franchisees and promotes brand expansion by identifying growth opportunities and providing franchisee support.

Prior to joining Church’s, Tanya serving in the role of Franchising Manager for Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen included managing market development plans, email marketing and communications for all recruiting activities.

She was also a franchisee of two different franchise organizations, PJ’s Coffee (at the time “& Wine Bar”) in the Atlanta DMA and a Shane’s Rib Shack in the New Orleans DMA.


Monica Marty
Director, Domestic Real Estate

Monica Marty brings a wealth of real estate and business development knowledge to her role as Director, Domestic Real Estate at Church’s Chicken. Her responsibilities include site analysis and evaluation, domestic market planning, managing the real estate team, and leading Church’s site approval process for all locations. Over the past two years, Monica has been a key contributor to the development of the brand’s new business pipeline.

Monica’s most recent Church’s role as Senior Manager, Real Estate included working closely with key stakeholders as well as establishing strong working relationships with developing franchisees. Monica took the lead on a number of major projects, such as conducting the real estate market tour for Salt Lake City’s designated market area, an emerging market for the brand, and presented her findings at a franchisee event.

Prior to this, Monica served as Senior Real Estate Manager for Burger King Corporation, where, among other advancements, she restructured and streamlined the real estate department to provide better support to field real estate managers. Monica also played an integral part in developing and implementing the BKL Renewal Incentive Program, which resulted in increased franchisee renewals during a period of economic hardship for most franchisees.

Wayne Stubbs
Director of Design & Construction

Wayne Stubbs serves Church’s Chicken as the brand’s Director of Design & Construction. He has enjoyed a more than 40 year career in the real estate development industry; most of it restaurant development. He has built 500+ new restaurants and remodeled more than 500 as well. His last seven (7) years have been with Church’s Chicken. Prior to joining Church’s, Wayne provided executive design & construction leadership for national restaurant and shopping center development companies, including Rare Hospitality (The Capital Grille, Longhorn Steakhouse) and JDN Development (Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Kohl’s). Wayne’s seasoned expertise positioned him as an invaluable resource and facilitated his transition to Church’s. Wayne now applies his extensive construction knowledge and experience to lead and direct the planning, design and construction of Church’s new build, remodel, and special construction projects and initiatives as well as construction feasibility and brand standard compliance.

Wayne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction from Auburn University.