Russ Umphenour was named president and CEO of FOCUS Brands in November 2008. With more than 40 years in the restaurant business, Russ was the founder and CEO of Atlanta-based RTM (Results Through Motivation) Restaurant Group from 1973 until 2005. Growing his company from 11 under-performing Arby’s restaurants in Georgia and Alabama to 775 locations in 22 states with several different concepts, RTM was sold to Triarc Companies, Inc. (Arby’s Restaurant Group) in July 2005. In 1967, Russ began working as a part-time counterperson at Arby’s in Flint, MI, and after three months, he was promoted to Night Manager and chose to make Arby’s his full-time career. Serving in a variety of positions for various Arby’s franchisees, including Area Supervisor, Director of Operations, and Executive Vice President, Russ ventured out on his own in June 1973 and founded RTM. In addition, RTM was also the owner and franchisor of Mrs. Winner’s Chicken & Biscuits and Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken with over 250 restaurants. A native of Nebraska, Russ attended Evangel University in Springfield, MO.
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.