Paul M Macaluso/FOCUS Brands Restaurant Group
SVP Marketing, McAlister’s Deli, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Schlotzsky’s Bakery-Café
Marketing chair for Southeast Franchise Forum
Macaluso joined Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands in 2011 as chief marketing officer for Moes Southwest Grill, where he led the team to achieve 13 consecutive quarters of same store sales increases. In addition, he spearheaded the opening of 185 restaurants and entered seven new states and four new countries marking several significant achievements for the brand. In November 2014, he was named senior vice president of marketing for the Restaurant Group; he oversees the brand marketing and strategy processes for all brand-level marketing resources including culinary, public relations and creative services for McAlisters Deli, Moes Southwest Grill and Schlotzkys Bakery Café. Prior to his tenure at FOCUS Brands, he held executive positions at Sonic Drive-Ins, Taco Bell and Burger King. He has achieved numerous internal awards at FOCUS Brands and serves on the advisory board for the Franchise Consumer Marketing Conference.
He has just been appointed as Marketing Chair for the Southeast Franchise Forum, a regional organization established to foster professional relationships throughout the franchise community and to enhance the reputation of franchising through the exchange of information, ideas and solutions.
Jim Squire/Southeast Franchise Forum
Chairman & CEO
Jim Squire, CFE, has been a long-standing and active participant in the International Franchise Association. He is currently executive vice president and chief development officer of Firestorm and a member of the IFA Educational Foundation Board of Trustees, IFAs Franchisor Forum, Franchise Congress and the Franchise Relations and Membership committees. Squire served as a member of the IFA board of directors from 1990 to 2001.
Prior to joining Firestorm, Squire was a senior executive with such well-known franchise brands as HoneyBaked Ham, Great American Cookies, Arbys, Days Inn and Howard Johnson.
He is chairman of the Southeast Franchise Forum, chairman emeritus of the Georgia Restaurant Association, a member of Georgia State Universitys School of Hospitality Industry Advisory Board and president of his Rotary Club. He was named Georgia Foodservice Industry Leader of the Year in 1990, and honored in 2003 with the prestigious Georgia Hospitality and Travel Association Chairmans Award. In 2014, he was presented the IFA Educational Foundation’s highest honor, the William Rosenberg Leadership Award.