ATLANTA, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- FOCUS Brands(R) announced today that
Paul Damico has been named brand president of Moe's Southwest Grill(R), the
fast growing fast-casual restaurant best known for its flavorful
Southwestern fare served in a vibrant and inviting atmosphere.
Since acquiring the brand in August 2007, FOCUS Brands President and
CEO Steve Romaniello has been leading the Moe's(R) brand while seeking the
right leader to grow the concept to the next level. With plans to open 75
new Moe's locations in 2008, the FOCUS Brands executive team, with the help
of a nationwide executive search firm, underwent a rigorous interview
process with numerous candidates and carefully selected the brand's new
"We were looking for the sort of leader whose experience reflected a
strategic and long term approach to operations and a sound grasp of concept
development," said Romaniello. "Paul's extensive operational background and
ability to lead people makes him ideal in this role, and we are thrilled to
have him on board."
Damico joins Moe's from SSP America, formerly known as Creative Host
Services, Inc., where he was the chief operating officer responsible for
the operations of 42 airport properties in North America, Canada and the
Caribbean for this 170 unit restaurant concessions company. Prior to that
Damico was co-founder and vice president of operations and concept
development for FoodBrand, LLC, a leading foodservice operator focused on
restaurants and food courts. Damico spent 13 years in various roles with
Host Marriott Service Corporation prior to joining FoodBrand.
"The Moe's concept is unique and compelling and has an extremely
dedicated consumer following," commented Damico. "I am looking forward to
growing this brand while making operational adjustments as needed along the
way to make this brand not only a consumer favorite, but a sustainable
model for our franchisees as well."
About Moe's Southwest Grill
Moe's Southwest Grill is the neighborhood burrito place offering
flavorful Southwestern fare with a healthy twist. With almost 400 locations
across the country, Moe's Southwest Grill serves only the freshest
ingredients prepared right before your eyes, including the Homewrecker
burrito, the Billy Barou nachos, and the Close Talker salad, in a fun and
welcoming atmosphere. Founded in 2000, Atlanta-based Moe's Southwest Grill
is ranked the #1 fast-casual chain based on change in system-wide sales
according to QSR Magazine and the #2 fast-casual chain under 300 units in
2006. For more information, visit www.moes.com.
About FOCUS Brands
FOCUS Brands Inc.(R) is the franchisor and operator of over 2,200 ice
cream stores, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the
District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and numerous foreign countries under the
brand names Carvel(R), Cinnabon(R), Schlotzsky's(R), Moe's Southwest
Grill(R) and the franchisor of Seattle's Best Coffee(R) on military bases
and in certain international markets. Based in Atlanta, the primary
objective of FOCUS Brands is to "FOCUS on making people happy." Please
visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.
SOURCE Moe's Southwest Grill