Russ Holland is a driven and dedicated development executive with experience leading a team of seasoned professionals to drive net unit growth. Holland currently guides the real estate strategy for Arby’s and Sonic, which are part of Inspire Brands.
Holland prioritizes building meaningful and lasting relationships with the franchisee community to deliver best-in-class service through the site-selection process. He coordinates all development functions and operations to ensure timely openings and successful completion of development agreements.
Before joining Inspire Brands, Holland worked as a member of the Waffle House real estate team for more than 12 years, where he routinely set new records for efficiently closing deals. He has extensive knowledge of all steps in the market-planning process, with the overall goal of establishing growth strategies that maximize sales and minimize cannibalization. To this end, he has worked in a cross-functional capacity, coordinating with stakeholders such as land owners, local and state governmental agencies, and legal professionals.