A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and seasoned veteran of the food franchise industry, Hope brings years of investment management and international operations experience to the Company's corporate team.
Johnny Rocket announced Chad Hope as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and seasoned veteran of the food franchise industry, Hope brings years of investment management and international operations experience to the Company's corporate team.
Prior to his position with Johnny Rockets, Hope served as CFO of FSC Franchise Co, LLC, franchisor of Beef 'O' Brady's Family Sports Pubs and Brass Tap Craft Beer and Wine Bars. With 226 combined domestic and international units, FSC reports system wide sales of $210 million.
After receiving dual Bachelor degrees in Accounting and Discreet Mathematics and a Masters of Accountancy from Auburn University in 2002, Hope began his career in the Atlanta, Georgia office of the prestigious international financial planning company, Ernst & Young (E&Y). During his tenure with E&Y, Hope worked with large SEC registrants, eventually narrowing his focus primarily on banking and capital markets. After seven years working with multi-billion dollar banks, mortgage companies and indirect lending firms, he transitioned to the leadership team of Fiesta Brands, Inc. as Corporate Controller, overseeing the day-to-day accounting, finance and treasury functions for the company. In 2009, Hope became the International Controller of Focus Brands, Inc., a multinational franchisor of six QSR concepts, including Auntie Anne's, Cinnabon and Moe's Southwest Grill. There, Hope played an instrumental role in the direction of the international finance and accounting team, as well as the development and implementation of key internal control systems and processes.
"Chad is joining the Johnny Rockets team at an exciting time of growth and opportunity," said John Fuller, CEO of Johnny Rockets. "Not only is the Johnny Rockets brand truly global, but franchisees are recognizing the benefits of investing in this all-American brand. We look forward to welcoming Chad and his myriad of professional finance experience to our corporate team."
Johnny Rockets currently has more than 300 restaurants in 32 states, 24 countries and aboard 11 Royal Caribbean cruise ships. Additionally, the brand will soon open restaurants in two new countries; Brazil and India.
"Johnny Rockets has proven to be an unparalleled leader in the hamburger category and I look forward to being a part of this internationally accomplished team," said Hope. "Serving as CFO of Johnny Rockets is both personally and professionally exciting for me as the brand exemplifies the true and timeless American dining experience around the planet."
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