CANTON, Mass. (March 2, 2010) – Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, has announced the result of its most recent Brand Advisory Council (BAC) election with twenty-six franchise leaders representing five regions.

The members serve a two year term, providing strategic advice and guidance on brand initiatives. They attend regular meetings with the senior leadership team at Dunkin' Brands corporate headquarters in Canton, Mass. This group represents the entire franchise community and serves as a forum to exchange ideas, provide feedback, observations and suggestions.

For 2010-2011, eleven new representatives were elected to the Dunkin' Donuts Brand Advisory Council by their colleagues from a slate of candidates for each respective region. They include:

  • Nick Apostoleres (Florida)
  • Rob Branca (Shrewsbury, MA)
  • Mark Cafua (North Andover, MA)
  • Jim Cain (Norwalk, CT)
  • Dan Costa (Acton, MA)
  • Jason Duffy (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Barkat Gillani (Chicago, IL)
  • Sid Mody (New Brunswick, NJ)
  • Parth Patel (Clayton, NC)
  • Vipul Patel (Chicago,IL)
  • Vishal Shah (Chicago, IL)

The new franchise leaders will serve alongside returning members, Jim Allen (co-chairman). Danny Bouzianis (Biddeford, ME), Scott Campbell (Great Neck, NY), Neal Faulkner (Upton, MA), Lou Garcia (Manasquan, NJ), Ram Javia (Westminster, MD), Dinart Serpa (Beverly, MA), Perry Shah (Philadelphia, PA), Dave Sisson (Cleveland, OH), Clayton Turnbull (Boston, MA), Rod Valencia (Woodhaven, NY), Mike White (Atlanta, GA), Ed Wolak (Scarborough, ME), George Zografos (South Yarmouth, MA) and John Justo (Providence, RI).

"It is a privilege and honor to serve on the Brand Advisory Committee again this year to represent the Dunkin' Donuts franchise community," said Dunkin' Donuts BAC co-chairman, Jim Allen of Lexington, MA. "I look forward to working with my fellow franchisees and senior management to help address many of the topics that are important to the Dunkin' Donuts network."

"We are always working towards building a stronger franchise system and the BAC plays a critical role in providing senior management with thoughtful and valuable advice and worthwhile perspectives to further strengthen the business," said Nigel Travis, Dunkin' Brands CEO and Dunkin' Donuts President. "We look forward to the contributions of our newly appointed members who join a strong group of dedicated franchise leaders that takes its commitment to Dunkin' Donuts seriously."

Dunkin' Donuts senior leadership consults with the Brand Advisory Council on a wide variety of topics, including the brand's strategic direction, marketing strategies, menu innovation, operations, technology issues, education and training needs, regional and national meeting agendas and more.

The Dunkin' Donuts Franchise Advisory Council system has been in place for more than three decades and includes operators located in 35 United States across the country.

###

About Dunkin' Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts is America's favorite every day, all-day stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin' Donuts is a market leader in the regular/decaf coffee, iced coffee, hot flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories, and the largest coffee and baked goods chain in the world. Dunkin' Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for four years running. The company has more than 9,000 restaurants in 30 countries worldwide. In 2009, Dunkin' Donuts' global system-wide sales were $5.7 billion. Based in Canton, Massachusetts, Dunkin' Donuts is a subsidiary of Dunkin' Brands, Inc. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.