Edible® International Names New Chief Operating Officer

Wallingford, Conn.— John Merkin has been named COO of Edible® International (Edible®). In this role, he will oversee all franchise operations for the world's largest franchisor of shops offering creatively designed fresh cut fruit arrangements. Merkin will also oversee Edible's® supply chain organization.

Art Van Furniture Names President and CEO

Warren, Mich. — Art Van Furniture, the Midwest's Number 1 furniture and mattress retailer, has hired Ronald ("Ron") Boire, a retail industry veteran with extensive leadership experience, as its new president and chief executive officer, effective April 30, 2018. Boire will succeed Kim Yost, who is retiring after 9 years with the company.

CoreLife Eatery Hires New VP of Franchise Development

Syracuse, N.Y. — CoreLife Eatery, a fast-growing active lifestyle restaurant based in upstate New York, has its eye on the western United States for expansion. The brand is looking to its new vice president of franchise development, Brooks Speirs, to lead that charge. He joined CoreLife Eatery in March.

Kirkland’s President & CEO to Retire

Nashville, Tenn. — W. Michael Madden has resigned from his roles as president, chief executive officer and director of Kirkland's, Inc., effective immediately, and will serve as an employee-advisor to the board until June 30, 2018. Michael B. Cairnes, the company's executive vice president and chief operating officer, will serve as acting CEO while the board conducts a search for a new CEO.

DSW Names New Chief Information Officer

Columbus, Ohio — DSW Inc., a leading branded footwear and accessories retailer, has hired Drew Domecq to serve as senior vice president and chief information officer, effective April 2, 2018. Domecq will report to CEO Roger Rawlins.

Knoebel Construction Hires New CFO

St. Louis — Jessica Carroll has joined Knoebel Construction as chief financial officer. She is responsible for the administrative, financial and risk management operations of Knoebel Construction. She also maintains financial control systems and develops financial reports.

Restaurant Industry Veteran Joins The Pie Hole as CEO

Los Angeles — The Pie Hole, a Los Angeles-based, rapidly growing pie and coffee shop, has brought on restaurant industry veteran Edie Ames as chief executive officer. She joins The Pie Hole’s team of co-founders to oversee expansion efforts across the U.S. and abroad. Currently, The Pie Hole has 12 locations.

Luminance and Hallmark Lighting Name New CEO

Chatsworth, Calif. — Luminance and Hallmark Lighting, which design and distribute high-end lighting solutions to residential and commercial industries, have appointed Christopher Larocca as chief executive officer to oversee the strategic direction of both firms.

National Roofing Partners Makes 2 Key Hires

Dallas — National Roofing Partners (NRP), a leading network of commercial roofing contractors in North America, has added David Adams as vice president of revenue and Jay Wilbanks as director of project management.

Lowe’s CEO to Retire

Mooresville, N.C. — After 25 years with Lowe's Companies, Inc., Robert A. Niblock plans to retire as chairman, president and CEO of the company. The board of directors has initiated a search for his successor, and in the interim Niblock will remain in his current role.

Orangetheory Fitness Names New SVP of Domestic Franchise Development

Boca Raton, Fla. — Orangetheory® Fitness has hired Mike Mettler as senior vice president of domestic franchise development. He will be responsible for overseeing the company's domestic growth and expansion, as well as providing strategic leadership to assist the fitness franchise in achieving its goal of having more than 1,100 open studios worldwide by the end of 2018.

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