Taco John’s Names New President and CEO

by Katie Lee

Cheyenne, Wyo. — Taco John’s® welcomes industry veteran Heather Neary to the executive leadership team as president and chief executive officer. Neary assumes the role from former CEO Jim Creel, who retired after more than two decades. During Creel’s tenure, the chain became one of the largest Mexican quick-service restaurant brands in the country.

Neary brings more than two decades of relevant restaurant, brand and franchise leadership experience to her new role, most recently as the brand president at KBP Brands, a large QSR franchisee. She joins Taco John’s as the company accelerates its expansion throughout the Midwest and beyond, with new locations planned in existing and new territories in coming years.

“Heather’s strategic vision, energy and proven track record of driving growth, customer experience metrics and brand presence at the national franchise level made her the unmatched choice to lead Taco John’s to the next level of expansion and success. We’re thrilled to welcome Heather to the Taco John’s family as we grow into the next decade together bigger, bolder, better,” says Gerard Lewis, chairman of the Taco John’s international board of directors.

Neary began her restaurant career with the international pretzel franchise Auntie Anne’s, culminating in the role of brand president at a time when it was the largest brand in Focus Brands’ portfolio (now GoTo Foods). While at KBP Brands, she gained continued experience guiding organizations and teams through high growth, while achieving increased profitability and stability.

Founded in 1969 in Cheyenne, Wyo., Taco John’s® currently operates and franchises nearly 400 restaurants in 23 states — making it one of the largest Mexican quick-service restaurant brands in America. For more information, visit www.TacoJohns.com.

SOURCE: Taco John’s®

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