Tony Gioia Tony Gioia

Chairman and CEO, Togo’s Holdings, LLC

Tony & Togo’s: In 2007, Tony Gioia and a leading growth equity firm, acquired Togo’s Eateries, a multi-unit premium sandwich concept, from Dunkin’ Brands Inc. Today, Tony serves as Chairman and CEO of Togo’s Holdings, LLC, which operates more than 240 locations across the Western United States.

Professional Experience: Tony has more than 30 years of business-building achievements within the grocery, restaurant, packaged foods, and beverage and consumer products industries. Tony’s proven track record of formulating brand development and consumer focused initiatives has been successful with Fortune 100, high-growth, turn-around, public, and start-up companies.

Corporate Leadership:
Company Position Held
 Tully’s Coffee President & CEO
 Southwest Supermarkets, LLC. President & CEO
 Baskin-Robbins President
 Dunkin’ Donuts Officer
 Wolfgang Puck Foods Co-founder & COO
 PepsiCo Strategic Brand Marketing
 Bristol-Meyers Squibb (Clairol Division) Strategic Brand Marketing
 Western Associates of Food Chains Board Member
 City of Hope Board Member
 United Way, California Board Member

Business Philosophy: Tony believes that all successful people operate with similar mindsets – refusing to accept barriers and doing whatever it takes to realize a goal. He considers the unrelenting pursuit of one’s passion to be the driving force behind all thriving people and the standout trait that sets each individual apart from the rest.

Passion for Franchise: In order to further strengthen Togo’s reputation throughout California and surrounding states as a West Coast Original, Tony keeps his passion for the franchise model and his dedication to the franchisee in the forefront of his mind. It is both his promise and obligation to build a system that mutually benefits the individual franchisees and the overall success of the Togo’s brand. Rather than having a large number of average-performing stores in operation, Tony believes in slow and steady growth to ensure that existing locations are successful.

Favorites Togo’s Menu Item: #24 – Avocado and Turkey Sandwich

Renae Scott Renae Scott

Chief Marketing Officer, Togo’s Eateries, Inc.

Renae & Togo’s: Renae Scott joined Togo’s as vice president of branding and marketing in December 2008 and oversees new product development, marketing and advertising.

A visionary and strategist, Renae supervises all aspects of brand management. She has led Togo’s brand-rejuvenation efforts working to redesign the company’s logo, menu boards, uniforms and packaging. In addition, Renae has developed a new store prototype and remodel package for franchisees, and has been instrumental in launching new and limited time offer marketing promotions and public relations campaigns.

Professional Experience: Renae is an experienced executive and strategic marketer, having managed several nationally recognized brands within the restaurant, food and beverage, consumer products and non-profit industries.

Corporate Leadership:
Company Position Held
 Round Table Pizza Chief Marketing Officer
 Carl’s Jr. Vice President of Media and Field Marketing
Tracy Locke/Pepsico Sr. Account Executive

Education: Bachelor of Arts in communications with a minor in journalism from California State University, Sacramento.

Non-profit Contributions: Renae is deeply committed to her work in the non-profit sector. Most recently, she served on the Board of Directors for the flagship program of the San Francisco Giants Community Fund, the Junior Giants that provides baseball programs for children. She has also raised more than $500,000 for the Breast Cancer Foundation, as both a volunteer and board member.

Favorites Togo’s Menu Item: #24 – Avocado and Turkey Sandwich

Todd Peterson Todd Peterson

Sr. VP Franchise Development, Togo’s Eateries, Inc.

Todd & Togo’s: Todd Peterson joined Togo’s Sandwiches as vice president of franchise sales in July 2009. He is responsible for leading the company’s large network of franchise operations.

At the forefront of Togo’s rapid yet careful franchise growth has been Todd, leading corporate development and brand-refresh initiatives to drive expansion.

Professional Experience: Todd is a leader in franchise sales and development with a large portfolio of brand development and expansion throughout the United States and international markets.

Corporate Leadership:
Company Position Held
 CiCi’s Pizza Director of Franchise Sales
 Sizzler Restaurants Vice President of Franchise Development
 Damon’s Grill Director of Franchise Sales

Education: Bachelor of Arts in marketing from Westmar University in Iowa.

Favorites Togo’s Menu Item: #8 – Turkey, Roast Beef & Cheese Sandwich

Jim Peros

Chief Operating Officer, Togo’s Eateries, Inc.

Jim & Togo’s: Jim recently joined Togo’s as Chief Operating Officer in November 2014 and will oversee all aspects of Togo’s Operations, including company and franchised restaurants, training, operations services and other related business functions.

Professional Experience: Jim is an accomplished general management, operations and business development executive and has been a standout contributor from the early days of his career with Jim Beam Distilling and Taco Bell to his more recent role as Senior Vice President of Operations managing 1,500 locations worldwide for IHOP (a DineEquity, Inc. company). Overall, his career is marked with significant personal achievements in leading turnarounds, managing business development, launching new products & services, improving customer satisfaction and developing top-performing teams.

Corporate Leadership:
Company Position Held
IHOP (a DineEquity, Inc. Company) Senior Vice President Operations
IHOP Interim President
Taco Bell Director of Multi-Brand Operations & Development

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Colorado. He is a two-time recipient of the YUM Brands prestigious “Chairman’s Award” for his leadership and many contributions to the organization.

John Wayne Carlson John Wayne Carlson

Vice President of Franchise Operations, Togo’s Eateries, Inc.

John & Togo's: John re-joined Togo'’'s as Vice President of Franchise Operations in June 2014. He is responsible for leading the company's operations group. John and his team are committed to delivering high quality sandwiches and a superior guest experience every day in every restaurant.

Professional Experience: John is a veteran operations and business development leader with extensive experience with great worldwide brands. John and his team lead franchise business operations in more than 250 Togo's Restaurants. Previously, Carlson was Senior Director of Franchise Operations and Business Development at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, where he was accountable for operations and business development in the US, Latin America and Europe. Prior John served 25 years in a variety of roles with Dunkin’ Donuts, Baskin-Robbins and Togo's when the brands were owned by Allied Domecq Retailing USA.

Corporate Leadership:
Company Position Held
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Senior Director of Franchise Operations and Business Development
Dunkin' Brands Inc. Senior Director of Strategic Services
Dunkin' Donuts Inc. Director of Retail Concept Development
Baskin-Robbins USA, Co. Director of Operations
Susan Koch Susan Koch

Sr. VP Finance, Togo’s Eateries, Inc.

Susan & Togo’s: Susan Koch joined Togo’s in August 1997 as director of finance, and was promoted in January 2011 to vice president of finance.

Her hands-on experience and historical knowledge of the 40-year-old brand serves as an invaluable asset in effectively managing Togo’s finances and contributing directly to the company’s overall success.

Professional Experience: Susan is a certified public accountant, financial planner and a seasoned professional with an outstanding history of success in managing finances large national brands.

Corporate Leadership:
Company Position Held
 PepsiCo (Pizza Hut division) Finance Manager
 ServiceMaster Management Services Controller/Regional Director of Finance
 Arthur Andersen Audit Manager

Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting, with a minor in computer programming from the University of North Texas.

Favorites Togo’s Menu Item: #10 – Pastrami Reuben in a Wheat Wrap

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