Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. Names Interim CFO

by Katie Lee

Syracuse, N.Y. — Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. has named Timothy J. LaLonde as interim chief financial officer, interim treasurer and interim vice president. The company is conducting a search for a permanent CFO to replace the late Paul R. Flanders, who passed away on September 7, 2019.

“We greatly appreciate Tim for stepping into the CFO role on an interim basis until we identify and appoint a quality candidate to fill the position permanently,” says Daniel T. Accordino, chairman and CEO. “Tim is a seasoned professional with over four decades of finance and accounting experience, including most notably as our own controller for 20 years. We therefore expect a seamless transition as he temporarily rejoins the Carrols leadership team.”

LaLonde was most recently the CFO at Dinosaur Restaurants, LLC, where he oversaw all treasury, accounting, purchasing and other administrative functions for the BBQ restaurant brand from 2017 until earlier this year. Previously, he was vice president, controller at Carrols from 1997 until 2017, where he was responsible for all external reporting, accounting, cash management, income tax and payroll functions.

Before his passing, Flanders had served as vice president, CFO and treasurer of Carrols since 1997.

“We are all shocked and saddened by Paul’s passing,” says Accordino. “Paul was a highly respected and talented individual whose friendship has meant so much to me personally as well to the people with whom he worked at Carrols for more than two decades. He will be sorely missed by us all. On behalf of the entire Carrols family, we extend our deepest sympathies during this difficult time to his wife Carole Ann and his daughters, Jess and Emily, as well as Tiffany and Shawn Kelly, Brittany and Bill Kittell, and his adored granddaughters, Kennedy, Alexa and Sadie, who meant the world to him.”

Carrols is one of largest restaurant franchisees in the United States, and currently operates a total of 1,087 restaurants. It is the largest BURGER KING® franchisee in the United States currently operating 1,027 BURGER KING® restaurants and also operates 60 POPEYES® restaurants. It has operated BURGER KING® restaurants since 1976. For more information, visit


SOURCE: Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc.


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