OUR FRANCHISE LEADERS ARE EXPERTS IN THE FIELD
YEARS OF FRANCHISE EXPERIENCE
Our service-minded franchise leadership team is headed up by a group of highly-experienced food service veterans. They also come with a lot of experience as both a franchisee and franchisor, and that has set the tone ever since. Our franchisee-first philosophy has made an impression and elevated the Jon Smith Subs franchise opportunity.
At Jon Smith Subs, our corporate staff strives to lay a solid foundation, upon which to build your business, but it doesn’t end there. From initial training at our headquarters to on-the-job training in your store and beyond, you’ll never be alone in your journey to success.
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OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
CEO and Founder of United Franchise Group
President of Jon Smith Subs
Jim Butler has worked in the franchising industry for almost 30 years. His career in the industry started as the Marketing Representative for Signarama in Farmingdale, NY. He was promoted to Regional Vice President developing over 150 Signarama locations in Arizona and California. Most recently serving as Director of Sales for five years, overseeing the sales for the United Franchise Group brands in the U.S. and Australia. Jim is currently the President of The Great Greek and Jon Smith Subs along with Division Leader and Director of Sales for the Food Division.
Jon Smith. Today he’s all about great subs, but his journey to the best sub has taken some interesting turns. While pouring his passion into infusing quality into the sandwich industry, he’s also an avid motorcycle rider, he pilots small planes, and he’s been a horse trainer. He’s won race car championships, formed his own band, and still had time to hone his business acumen in several other industries. Jon has opened and developed an ice cream concept, Grinders restaurant, and swimwear stores – all were sold successfully and are still in business today.
Executive Vice President
Having successfully led teams in QSR, fast casual and full-service restaurant brands to achieving remarkable results in operational performance, brand experience, franchising and sales growth. Each brand has achieved exceptional growth results and recognition from the national press, including Nation’s Restaurant News “Hot Concepts” and Fast Casual Magazines “Top Concepts to Watch” awards. Bob credits the driving force behind his team’s success is their focus and commitment to delivering on three simple principals; Engage Great People, Nurture a Great Brand Culture, and Select Great Restaurant Sites.
Director of Marketing
Mr. McAulay, an innovative marketing and advertising leader with an innate ability to amplify a brand vision strategy and makes it reality through a transformational marketing initiative, that propelled revenue growth, brand exposure and market growth.
With over 30 years of experience, Chuck has held Marketing positions with leading global and national brands Burger King, Texas Roadhouse, Little Cesar’s Pizza, Bonefish Grill, Pieology, and Blockbuster. He deploys a tenacious focus on activation of national and local market development plans including traditional, digital and social channels that drive traffic and awareness resulting in growth in system transactions and sales.
Mr. O’Connell is a successful real estate professional and highly regarded as a site selection expert with over 30 plus years of extensive background in restaurant and retail site selection for worldwide brands. Dan has developed and refined processes and tools; as well as the local market knowledge and relationships to quickly find the right locations at the right price. Mr. O’Connell has completed over 1,000 transactions and leased over two million square feet of space.
As the Director of Real Estate for United Franchise Group’s, Food Division, Dan’s passion, innovative and unsurpassed ability to locate the best available space, negotiate the best transaction and deliver the best outcome for the tenant through sophisticated analysis and strategic location advice. Mr. O’Connell has developed deep local market knowledge, established a network to leverage local, regional, national, and international broker and landlord relationships, and has second-to-none negotiation experience for better terms.
Currently, Matt is a Sales Coordinator for the Food Division where he leads the company efforts in promoting UFG’s food brands domestically & internationally, conducting Discovery Day Tours and working with regional offices worldwide. In addition, Matt provides assistance to Regional Vice Presidents and the Sales Director to schedule, coordinate conference calls, region meeting, webinars and special events.
Over the last 3 years, Matt has held various positions and roles which has provided invaluable experience and knowledge to further his ability to serve franchise candidates. Prior to Matt’s current role he served as Regional Manager in South Florida where he led the growth of all UFG franchise brands within the region as well as assisting existing franchise owners to grow their locations.
Matt has also served as International Regional Manager covering Europe, Africa, and Canada to assist growth of UFG brands global presence while assisting existing Master Franchisees with the development of the brands in their country.
Before joining United Franchise Group, Matt earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in Hospitality Management with a certificate in Entrepreneurship. His first role out of college was managing a fine-dining restaurant on Palm Beach island before moving down to Miami to open a hotel as Food and Beverage Director.
Business Advisor/Lead Trainer
Nan has a rich background working with restaurant and retail management teams and their team members with developing their leadership, management and business potential. Nan started her culinary career at The Ritz Carlton in Manalapan, FL. She has also worked for such companies as Panera Bread, Sonic Drive-In, Hurricane Grill & Wings and TooJay’s Gourmet Deli, Bloomingdale’s, Pier One Imports.
Nan’s dynamic approach simplifies focal points ensuring that targets in service, operation execution, food safety, and quality control are met. For more than 28 years, Nan has been delivering coaching on how to effectively operate a restaurant, first line support to Franchise owners, corporate-developed training programs, processes, and system roll outs and training restaurants.
RJ Andersen Jr.
RJ is a highly effective operations professional with a successful track record in improving unit-level performance with multi-unit and multi-brand organizations. He has acquired a wealth of knowledge and experience in operations, new restaurant development and franchising with large and emerging restaurant companies which affords him the ability to drive breakthrough performance by connecting people, strategy, and most importantly execution.
Having grown up in the restaurant business starting as a dishwasher and working his way through the family restaurant business in the kitchen, as a server, to general manager, has provided RJ with a clear understanding of what is needed in all areas to get the job done. RJ utilizes his depth of knowledge to lead, coach, and build highly effective teams to maximize performance through establishing clarity, alignment and focused execution within a restaurant operation.
Corporate Trainer/Business Advisor
Having joined United Franchise Groups, Food Division in 2016, Mike is dedicated to building an environment of operational excellence aligning all departments to learning paths that support our high operations standards, leadership development, and knowledge management tools & processes. His well-developed experience in new restaurant development, operations, marketing, purchasing, and technology utilization provides a deep understanding to establish, measure, and improve performance goals while having fun at the same time.
Director - Real Estate
Mr. Waters is a successful real estate professional and highly regarded as an industry expert with over 30 plus years of extensive background in all sectors of the commercial real estate industry. Paul has developed and refined processes and tools; as well as the local market knowledge and relationships to quickly find the right locations at the right price. Mr. Waters has completed over 1,000 transactions and leased over two million square feet of space.
As the Director of Real Estate for United Franchise Group’s, Food Division, Paul’s passion, innovative and unsurpassed ability to locate the best available space, negotiate the best transaction and deliver the best outcome for the tenant through sophisticated analysis and strategic location advice. Mr. Waters has developed deep local market knowledge, established a network to leverage local, regional, national, and international broker and landlord relationships, and has second-to-none negotiation experience for better terms.
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