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John Hughes

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Wendy’s of Bowling Green

  • Moved to the United States from Scotland at 18 years of age
  • Delivered milk to homes as a boy in Scotland
  • Joined the restaurant business as an hourly crew member in the U.S.
  • Started as an Assistant Manager at Gino’s Restaurant Group, owned by NFL Hall of Famer Gino Marchetti
  • Gino’s was the largest KFC Franchise in the US at the time
  • Rose to Director of Institutional Foods and New Projects
  • Joined Wendy’s International as an Area Director for Virginia Beach/Newport News in 1980
  • Moved to Atlanta as a Regional Director, working with Michael O’Malley for the first time
  • John and Mike start the first delivery service for Wendy’s in Athens, GA
  • Received both Gold and Silver Spatula Awards for Operational Achievements and Sales Records
  • Initiated the Late Night Pick-Up Window Sales Building Program in the early 1980’s
  • Golden Eagle Director Award for the Southeast Region in 1989
  • Joined Carlisle Corporation, a 16 unit Wendy’s franchise in bankruptcy and un-expandable
  • Appointed President of Carlisle Corporation, which then grew to over 140 locations in 4 states
  • Carlisle Corporation won the Wendy’s Founder’s Award, the highest franchise honor
  • Joined Wendy’s of Bowling Green in 2007 as Operating Partner for the Indiana Division
  • Named Operating Partner for the Kentucky Division in 2009
  • Wendy’s of Bowling Green awarded Wendy’s Jim Near Legacy Award, Employer of Choice
  • Wendy’s of Bowling Green awarded the Wendy’s Founder’s Award in 2011
  • Wendy’s of Bowling Green Partner and COO in 2012
  • Inducted into the Wendy’s Hall of Fame in 2015
  • Celebrated 35 years with Wendy’s in 2015
  • President of the Bowling Green, KY DMA
  • Appointed to the Wendy’s Franchise Advisory Council (FAC) by Wendy’s senior leaders
  • Elected to Wendy’s FAC by franchise constituents
  • Chair of the FAC Next Generation Subcommittee
  • Wendy’s of Bowling Green awarded many Wendy’s Diamond Awards for Marketing Excellence
  • Wendy’s of Bowling Green grows to 101 locations in 4 states by June 2019
  • Leadership Bowling Green
  • Junior Achievement Instructor
  • Past Board Member Greenwood High School Athletic Boosters
  • Past President Neighborhood Association
  • Outstanding Citizen Award from the U.S. House of Representatives in 2004
  • Commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Ernie Fletcher in 2005
  • Supporter of many non-profit organizations such as HOTEL, Inc.
  • Bowling Green KY resident.
  • Father of two sons, three daughters and grandfather of four grandchildren
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