ATLANTA—Hospitality Ventures Administration Neighborhood (HVMG) announced that Mike “Woody” Woodward has been named govt vp and chief progress officer. In his new characteristic as a member of HVMG’s govt personnel, Woodward will lead the group’s progress and investment personnel and be in management of programs that consequence in each third-occasion management agreements and property acquisitions. As successfully as, he’s going to bear a focal level on proprietor and investor relationships.
“From the restaurant industry to hotels, Woody has been a rising enormous title and to this point has had a glorious hospitality profession, implementing highly profitable sales and progress programs accurate by just a few brands and corporations,” acknowledged Robert Cole, CEO, HVMG. “With an intensive notice file of success sourcing new alternatives, building groups and each cultivating new and maximizing present relationships, his ingenuity and tenacity bear ended in almost unparalleled progress with the 2 hospitality corporations he had been with over the past 18 years. Woody’s skills, enthusiasm, authenticity, and aggressive nature are appropriate a number of of his key attributes that we thought would possibly maybe well maybe be excellent and a grand fit as we ambitiously pursue our progress dreams in the approaching years, and I am extremely overjoyed to welcome Woody to our personnel.”
Sooner than becoming a member of HVMG, Woodward was senior vp of franchise construction for Focus Brands, a developer of world food carrier brands corresponding to Schlotzsky’s, Carvel, Cinnabon, Moe’s Southwest Grill, McAlister’s Deli, and Auntie Anne’s. While there, he led the head-stage franchise sales personnel, which total consisted of 20 personnel individuals. He and his personnel added shut to 500 agreements in 2023, a file year for Focus Brands.
Beforehand, Woodward was senior vp of franchise construction for Wyndham Lodges and Lodges, the assign he was promoted diverse cases at some level of his 16-year tenure and was in management of the expansion of 20 hotel brands. He led all capabilities of the 22-particular person franchise sales and construction capabilities, including the neutral designate franchises, sales, and accurate property groups. Below his management, Wyndham experienced unit progress that positioned it at the time as the arena’s largest franchisor.
Woodward also has held sales management positions with Pfizer and Phoenix Life Insurance Company. Woodward earned his Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Connecticut whereas taking part in all four years for the boys’s basketball personnel.
“Serving to corporations lengthen and grow to the following stage is a passion of mine, as it combines the becoming parts of strategic planning and relationship building,” Woodward acknowledged. “HVMG has a stellar repute as one among the leading third-occasion operators in the hospitality industry, and I look forward to rising with the firm.”