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James Walker

Mr. Walker has over 25 years of broad based, senior level, management experience in the hospitality and retail industry, and has conducted business in over 65 international markets, including such emerging markets as Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Pakistan and Mongolia. Comfortable from the “Dish room to the Board Room,” Mr. Walker’s specific skill sets include Mergers & Acquisitions, Development (Domestic & International), Operations, Licensing, and Research & Development. Major positions have included stints in the roles of President, Chief Development Officer, as well as Senior Operations and Research & Development positions. Mr. Walker has spent time with such brands as Baja Fresh®, Cinnabon®, and Sweet Factory®. Mr. Walker currently holds the position of President, Global Operations & Development for Aliso Viejo CA based Johnny Rockets®, where he oversees Global Operations, Development and Support functions for over 385 restaurants in 32 counties. Prior to joining Johnny Rockets® Mr. Walker held the CDO position at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s® and The Brass Tap®. Prior to Beef ‘O’ Brady’s® Mr. Walker was the Chief Development Officer of Fresh Brands® located in Cypress, CA where he oversaw Franchise Operations as well as Development for a number of brands including Baja Fresh®, La Salsa®, and Canyons Burger Company®. Prior to Fresh Brands® Mr. Walker held the Presidents position with then Thousand Oaks CA based Baja Fresh®, where he was instrumental in the acquisition of the brand from Wendy’s®. From 2004 to 2007 Mr. Walker was the President of CinnaWorkS® / Sweet Factory® based in Anaheim CA. The role encompassed CinnaWorkS®, the largest Franchisee of Cinnabon®, as well as the Franchisor of Sweet Factory®, the Nation’s largest bulk candy retailer. Mr. Walker holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, and has attended and received certificates and diplomas from a number of Culinary Institutions. In 2016 Mr. Walker was also awarded the President’s “E” Award by President Obama for Excellence in Furthering American Business Internationally. Mr. Walker lives in Coto De Caza CA with his wife Sarah, and has 5 children. https://www.linkedin.com/in/jwalkermobile/