Brian Arnold Promoted to Chief Development Officer of GPS Hospitality
Founding Partner’s new role strengthens BURGER KING® franchisee
with plans of continued growth
ATLANTA – (March 10, 2016) – GPS Hospitality, a fast growing Atlanta-based franchisee group with more than 220 BURGER KING® restaurants, today announces the appointment of Brian Arnold as Chief Development Officer.
A founding partner of GPS Hospitality, Brian Arnold previously served as Vice President of Development for the past three years. During this time, Brian successfully oversaw the completion of 45 remodels and the construction of three new locations, and played a key role in the nine acquisitions the company has completed.
As Chief Development Officer, Brian will continue to oversee new restaurant construction, remodels, equipment and facility management with 21 remodels and six new restaurants planned for 2016.
Brian has more than 20 years of development experience, including 15 years with Arby’s Restaurant Group – most recently as Vice President of Construction. While at Arby’s, Brian worked with GPS Hospitality CEO Tom Garrett to support heavy new unit growth, including new prototype development.
“For as long as I’ve known Brian, he’s demonstrated a remarkable capacity to meet and exceed his goals, either through strong leadership of his growing team or jumping in and personally handling projects himself,” Garrett said. “His appointment to this position recognizes our faith in his ability to keep our growth plans on track as we plan for the future.”
“It’s been remarkable to be a part of GPS Hospitality’s rapid growth, and it’s exciting to look forward to continuing this pace,” Arnold added. “We’re dedicated to supporting and enriching the BURGER KING brand, and I’m proud to say that by 2022 we plan to remodel more than 160 locations and build at least 30 new restaurants.”
Brian attended Western Michigan University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Technical Operations Management with a minor in General Business. A longtime resident of Atlanta of 20 years, Brian is a former neighborhood representative for Atlanta NPU-B, where he held the post of Vice Chair of the Public Safety Committee, and remains an active member of the Buckhead Forest Civic Association.
Since its founding more than three years ago, GPS Hospitality has grown into one of the largest Burger King franchisees in the United States with more than 222 restaurants. By focusing on its goal-focused, talent-oriented approach to franchise management, GPS Hospitality sustains rapid growth by attracting and retaining the top talent in the QSR food industry.
About GPS Hospitality
Founded in 2012, GPS Hospitality is a BURGER KING® franchisee, operating 222 restaurants in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. GPS Hospitality seeks to become our guests’ favorite QSR destination by implementing our brand values of being Goal Focused, People Oriented and Service Obsessed. For more information, please visit www.gpshospitality.com.
About BURGER KING
Founded in 1954, the BURGER KING® brand is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER®, the BURGER KING® system operates more than 14,000 locations in approximately 100 countries and U.S. territories. Almost 100 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. The BURGER KING® brand is owned by Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX,NYSE:QSR), one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant companies with more than $23 billion in system sales and over 19,000 restaurants. To learn more about the BURGER KING® brand, please visit the BURGER KING® brand website at www.bk.com or follow BK on Facebook and Twitter.
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