Management Moves: Wingstop, Sage Restaurant Group
Charles Morrison, Wingstop
The Wingstop board of directors has announced Charles Morrison has been named president and CEO of the company. Morrison replaces James Flynn who becomes executive chairman of the board.
Morrison brings more than 20 years of restaurant experience to the position, and most recently served as president and CEO at Pizza Inn Holdings where he also spearheaded the creation and development of a new fast casual pizza concept Pie Five Pizza Company.
Prior to Pizza Inn, Morrison was president of Steak and Ale and The Tavern Restaurants for Metromedia Restaurant Group as well as holding management positions at Kinko’s, Boston Market and Pizza Hut.
As CEO, Morrison will be responsible for the overall strategy and development of the brand.
“Wingstop has quickly become a powerhouse brand and the preeminent wing chain in the United States,” says Morrison. “I’m excited about the opportunity to join this team and look forward to continuing to grow the concept domestically and internationally.”
“Charlie will be the perfect addition to the Wingstop team,” says Flynn. “He brings experience, drive and talent to a concept that is one of the top fast casual brands in the country.
“Our success can be traced back to the commitment of our franchise brand partners, dedicated corporate staff and the hard work of all our employees who are in the restaurants saucing and tossing wings every day. We continue to make history, and with Charlie and our executive team, I know we will reach our goal of 1,000 locations and beyond.”
David Marsh, Sage Restaurant Group
Sage Restaurant Group (SRG), the Denver-based independent restaurant group dedicated to creating experiences where food, drink and inspired design meet and mix, today announced the internal promotion of David Marsh to the role of corporate senior vice president of operations.
Joining Sage Restaurant Group in 2009 as the general manager of food and beverage operations for the company’s Portland-based Urban Farmer and Departure restaurants at The Nines hotel, Marsh brings more than 20 years of restaurant industry experience to his newly appointed role.
As a general manager, Marsh earned a reputation for excellence while overseeing the successful operations of both unique concepts, receiving recognition as a Sage Hospitality “Leader of the Year” in 2011.
As senior vice president of operations, Marsh will direct food and beverage operations for Sage Restaurant Group’s ten distinct restaurant properties: The Corner Office Restaurant + Martini Bar and Second Home Kitchen + Bar, in Denver, Colorado; Kachina, Southwestern Grill in Westminster, Colorado; Temple Downtown in Providence, Rhode Island; the acclaimed Mercat a la Planxa in Chicago; Braddock’s in Pittsburgh; and Urban Farmer Steakhouse, the Original Dinerant and Departure in Portland, Oregon.
In this role, Marsh will lead property teams in the development and execution of revenue-generating food and beverage programs while consistently exceeding expectations of SRG’s discerning clientele. In addition to business and guest-base growth, Marsh will be responsible for overseeing in-room dining and catering operations for all SRG restaurants, all located adjacent to hotels, as well as talent management, team building, training, and personnel development.
“It’s an honor to welcome longstanding Sage Restaurant Group team member David Marsh to our Denver corporate office as he joins the executive team as our new SVP of operations,” says Peter Karpinski, co-founder and COO of Sage Restaurant Group.
“David has shown incredible dedication to the organization and is an integral part of the continued growth and success of SRG. His proven strategic execution and leadership abilities are sure to add great value to all of our operations in this role.”
A graduate of Brigham Young University, Marsh held numerous other hospitality leadership roles before joining SRG in 2009, including management positions at South Lake Tahoe’s iconic Riva Grill and various properties within the Morton’s Restaurant Group umbrella.