Kelly Roddy was named president of Schlotzsky’s in December 2007, and since then he has built a strong management team, introduced new programs, and launched a systemwide rebranding effort, all of which have helped lead to five years of consecutive sales growth. He joined the company from H-E-B® Grocery Company, a 106-year-old retailer with more than 315 locations throughout Texas and Mexico. While at H-E-B, Kelly served as director of sales and marketing and later became director of retail operations. Before his tenure at H-E-B, he was vice president and executive director of new business development for Scholastic Corporation, the renowned national book publisher, distributor, and retailer. Prior to that, he spent eight years with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in a variety of positions. In 2011, Kelly received his Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) designation from the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives and is also a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA). Kelly currently serves on several boards of directors, including Baylor’s Marketing Board, Hankamer School of Business Board, and the Caritas Board, among others.
Mark Mears joined Schlotzsky’s in January 2014 to manage the company’s branding and marketing efforts. With nearly three decades of experience, Mark is a visionary business leader with a significant track record of building shareholder value and driving innovation among world-class, high profile brands. Mark was previously President and Chief Concept Officer of Mimi’s Café, where he led the chain’s brand repositioning and related menu optimization efforts as well as new concept development. Prior to that, Mark gained valuable experience in a variety of restaurant categories as SVP/Chief Marketing Officer for The Cheesecake Factory, EVP/Chief Marketing Officer at BLIMPIE International and several marketing roles at Pizza Hut. Mark is active in the Brand Activation Association (formerly Promotion Marketing Association), having served in several progressive leadership roles including vice chair, chair-elect, chairman of the board and chairman emeritus. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Science degree from Northwestern University in Integrated Marketing Communications.