CANTON, Mass. (Dec. 9, 2015) – Dunkin’ Donuts has announced the results of its most recent Brand Advisory Council (BAC) election which selects franchisees from across the country to provide advice and counsel on topics ranging from marketing strategies and menu innovation to technology and training needs for the company’s more than 8,300 U.S. franchise locations.
The elected members, representing five geographic regions, serve a two-year term and are selected by their peers to represent the franchise community. The Brand Advisory Council attends regular meetings with the Dunkin’ Brands senior leadership team at the company’s corporate headquarters in Canton, Massachusetts.
The 2016-2017 BAC voted franchisee Perry Shah of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the position of BAC Co-Chair. Paul Twohig, President, Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. and Canada, serves as the other BAC Co-Chair. The following representatives were elected by their fellow franchisees from a slate of candidates from their respective regions:
Danny Costa (Acton, MA)
Neal Faulkner (Boston, MA)
Jim Allen (Lexington, MA)
Rob Branca (Worcester, MA)
John Motta (Nashua, NH)
Konse Scrivanos (Westborough, MA)
Clayton Turnbull (Boston, MA)
Dinart Serpa (Beverly, MA)
Ken Blum (Hinckley, OH)
Parag Patel (Yorba Linda, CA)
Amish Patel (Chicago, IL)
Syam Thotakura (Schaumburg, IL)
Jim Cain (Norwalk, CT)
Rod Valencia (Jamaica, NY)
Alex Smigelski (Mt. Vernon, NY)
Shub Hegde (Lakewood, NJ)
Sid Mody (Brunswick, NJ)
Luis Garcia (Manasquan, NJ)
Ram Javia (Westminster, MD)
Perry Shah (Philadelphia, PA)
Charles Cutler (Cooper City, FL)
Sam Charania (Atlanta, GA)
Pete Turner (Chapel Hill, NC)
Tom Daly (Tampa, FL)
Marketing Steering Committee
Danny Bouzianis (Biddeford, ME), Co-Chair
National DCP, LLC (NDCP), Franchisee Owned Procurement and Distribution Entity
Dipak Patel (Morristown, NJ), Chairman
“We’re excited to welcome the newly elected members of the Brand Advisory, which includes four new representatives and with the balance of the representative franchisees having been re-elected to serve another term,” said Paul Twohig, President, Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. and Canada. “These leadership franchisees bring valuable expertise and knowledge to their positions and play an important role in helping us grow and strengthen the Dunkin’ Donuts brand across the country. As franchisees, they are independent businesspeople who are busy running their own operations, yet they volunteer their time for the common good, and we truly honor their commitment.”
The Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Advisory Council system has been in place for more than three decades and represents more than 1,000 U.S. based Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees. In addition to their responsibilities on the BAC, the elected franchisees also serve on subcommittees that include Restaurant Excellence, Marketing, Manufacturing, Government Affairs and Consumer Product Goods.
“I value and appreciate the collaborative work between franchisees and senior management at Dunkin’ Donuts which is why I’m honored to lead the Brand Advisory Council for 2016,” said Perry Shah, Dunkin’ Donuts BAC Co-Chair and franchisee who owns 16 restaurants in the Philadelphia area. “During my tenure I will work with my fellow franchisees to counsel senior management, to continue to strengthen the Dunkin’ Donuts brand and to help us all better meet the needs of our guests.”
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About Dunkin' Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts is America's favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin' Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin' Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for nine years running. The company has more than 11,500 restaurants in 40 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin' Donuts is part of the Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.