Sory, I have used Jim when his mane is in fact Jeffery:
Please read this and then consider his ability to generate shareholder value.
Jeff began his career in Marketing with The Quaker Oats Company and held a variety of progressive positions in both marketing and sales in Canada before moving to the U.S. with Quaker in 1994, where he led the Quaker Wholesome Snacks Division as VP Marketing.
In 1999, Jeff joined Pepsi Co as President of Pepsi Cola Canada. Under Jeff’s leadership the company underwent a period of significant innovation and market share growth expanding their Brand presence in such well known areas as Aquafina Bottled Water, Starbucks Frappuccino and popular Line extensions of Brand Pepsi.
In 2002 PepsiCo acquired the Quaker Oats Company and Jeff returned to his old Company in Chicago to help lead the integration of the Quaker Oats/Gatorade acquisition.
In 2005 Jeff joined Priszm Income Fundas the President and COO. Priszm is a publicly traded Restaurant on the Toronto Stock Exchange with a portfolio of popular brands such as Pizza Hut and Taco Bell and is also one of the largest Independent KFC Franchisees in the World. In January 2008 Jeff was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Priszm.
In December of 2008 Jeff returned to the USA as President/CEO ofEinstein-Noah Restaurant Group a National Chain of Bagel Bakeries that is publicly traded on the NASDQ stock exchange with their Headquarters in Denver Colorado.
Throughout his career Jeff has been involved in numerous industry functions, including positions as an Executive member of the Consumer Products Council of Canada, Chair of the Canadian Soft drink Association and a Director of Corporations Supporting Recycling. He is currently a Director of Rocky Vista University, an Ostepathic Medical School located in Parker, Colorado.
Look at this CV - either RT will grow or BAGL and RT will merge or one will buy the other - this guy knows the BIG businesses and he is the most experienced CEO of any casual restaurant company (IMHO).
12. Describe your professional career history.
I started my career at the Quaker Oats Company in Brand Marketing, moved to the U.S. with Quaker in the early 90’s. Joined Pepsi Cola in the late 90’s as President of Pepsi in Canada…shortly after Pepsi bought Quaker and I went back to Chicago to help with the acquisition. Was also the President/CEO of KFC Canada for 3 years prior to accepting the CEO job with the Einstein Noah Restaurant Group in late 2008.
13. Tell me about your company.
We are the largest Bagel Bakery and one of the Top 200 Quick Service Restaurants chains in the United States with about 700 locations and 7500 employees. In addition to owning Einstein Bagels we also own Noah’s Bagels on the West Coast and Manhattan Bagels in the North East. We are just starting to Franchise our brand which is a very exciting time for our Company.
14. What is your proudest accomplishment?
I would say the day Diet Pepsi surpassed Diet Coke as the #1 Diet Cola in Canada (obviously a big day in the Pepsi world), and becoming CEO of such a high potential company like the Einstein Noah Restaurant Group. But I am also very proud to see my kids develop into young adults working on their own careers.
15. When did you move to the US and what motivated the move?
Around 1992 a progressive move to advance my career opportunities in the Quaker Oats Company. I became the VP Marketing of the Whole Snacks Division (think Granola Bars!)