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Inspire Brands Announces New Arby’s President

Inspire Brands today announced that Jim Taylor has been named President of Arby’s. Taylor, who most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer of Arby’s, will report to Paul Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Inspire.

“One of the many strengths of Inspire is our development of future leaders, and we are thrilled to have Jim lead Arby’s,” Brown said. “During Jim’s time at Arby’s, he has helped introduce one of the most dynamic and innovative product pipelines in our industry and has a proven track record of driving strong sales for the brand. The Arby’s business, our team members, and franchisees, are in great hands with Jim at the helm.”

“It’s an honor to lead Arby’s and continue to build on our strong foundation,” Taylor said. “Over the past several years, we’ve achieved record-level sales and...

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Aug 27 9:39 AM, General News



Urner Barry Announces Keynote Speaker for the 2019 Executive Conference in Las Vegas

Urner Barry’s 2019 Executive Conference is just around the corner, and we are so excited to announce this year’s keynote speaker will be (drumroll please…) Arby’s President Rob Lynch!

That’s right. Rob Lynch, along with a host of top speakers and strategists, will be headlining this must-attend event at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, April 28-30th.  

Rob Lynch serves as President of Arby’s, part of Inspire Brands. Inspire is a multi-brand restaurant company whose portfolio includes more than 8,300 Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, SONIC Drive-In, and Rusty Taco locations worldwide.

Inspire Brands closed out 2018 with the $2.3 billion acquisition of Sonic Corp, making it the fifth largest restaurant company in the U.S...

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Jan 10 9:01 AM, Urner Barry


Inspire Brands Completes Acquisition of Sonic Corp.

Inspire Brands, Inc. today announced the completion of its $2.3 billion acquisition of Sonic Corp.

With the acquisition of Sonic, Inspire now encompasses more than 8,300 restaurants and generates annual systemwide sales in excess of $12 billion, making it the fifth-largest restaurant company in the United States. In addition to Sonic, Inspire’s restaurant portfolio includes Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Rusty Taco.

“We are thrilled to officially welcome Sonic to the Inspire family,” said Paul Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Inspire Brands. “Sonic and its franchisees have created one of the most successful and distinctive brands in the restaurant industry ...

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Dec 7 12:12 PM, General News


Inspire Brands Names New President of Buffalo Wild Wings

Inspire Brands today announced that Lyle Tick has been named President of Buffalo Wild Wings, the largest sports bar restaurant chain in the country.

Prior to joining Buffalo Wild Wings, Tick was Managing Director for Walgreens Boots Alliance beauty brands business in the Americas. He also worked for Bacardi, where he served as Senior Global Category Director based in London and Vice President of Marketing for North America based in Miami. Prior to Bacardi, Tick held a variety of positions within marketing and advertising agencies, including J. Walter Thompson, Gotham, McGarryBowen, and DDB.

“We are thrilled to welcome Lyle to Buffalo Wild Wings,” said Paul Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Inspire Brands. “His deep experience with global retailers and spirit ...

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Sep 17 12:02 PM, General News




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