Global Franchise Group

GLOBAL FRANCHISE GROUP® NAMED ONE OF AMERICA’S BEST LARGE EMPLOYERS FOR 2021 BY FORBES

Media Contacts: Kathleen Shaffer 470- 388-6170 [email protected]  The company ranks #58 on the list of the nation’s top employers and is one of the highest-ranking organizations in the food and beverage category   ATLANTA – February 23, 2021 Read More »

CELEBRATE NATIONAL PIZZA PIE DAY (FEBRUARY 9) WITH ROUND TABLE PIZZA® AND RECEIVE A FREE UPGRADE TO STUFFED CRUST

Media Contact: Kathleen Shaffer 470- 388-6170 [email protected] ATLANTA – February 2, 2021 – Customers always get the royal treatment at Round Table Pizza® and on National Pizza Pie Day (Tuesday, February 9, 2021), users of Round Table’s Royal Read More »

Global Franchise Group® Introduces E-Commerce Program for Pretzelmaker® and Expands Great American Cookies® Offerings

New Bake-At-Home Pretzel Breads, Holiday Cookie Gift Boxes, Gingerbread House Decorating Kits, and Cookie Subscriptions Ship Nationwide for Delicious Gifts. Deals Offered for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. ATLANTA (Nov. 11, 2020) – Send the gift of fresh-baked Read More »

GREAT AMERICAN COOKIES® AND MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY® INTRODUCE NEW BRAND VISIONS AND STORE DESIGNS

New vibrant and energetic branding and design reveal the future vision for two of America’s favorite destinations for sweets and celebrations ATLANTA – Aug. 31, 2020 – The future is looking sweet for Great American Cookies® and Marble Read More »

HOT DOG ON A STICK® TEAMS UP WITH SANTA MONICA BREW WORKS TO RELEASE LIMITED RUN LEMONADE SHANDY

The limited release 310 Stomped Shandy features Hot Dog on a Stick’s iconic Hand-Stomped Lemonade brewed with Santa Monica Brew Works’ 310 California Blonde Ale SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Aug. 20, 2020) – Hot Dog on a Stick® (HDOS) Read More »

GLOBAL FRANCHISE GROUP® WELCOMES NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

30-year financial veteran and acquisitions integration expert, Sam Patterson, joins the organization’s executive team ATLANTA – June 8, 2020 – Global Franchise Group® (GFG), the strategic brand management company and franchisor of Great American Cookies®, Hot Dog on Read More »

GREAT AMERICAN COOKIES® AND MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY® INTRODUCE A FIRST OF ITS KIND UNIFIED CO-BRAND EXPERIENCE

A new cohesive brand vision and store design brings the two concepts together in one delicious destination ATLANTA – May 14, 2020 – It’s a sweet dream come true! Great American Cookies® and Marble Slab Creamery® are introducing Read More »

BAKING FOR A CAUSE! GREAT AMERICAN COOKIES® E-COMMERCE PROGRAM NOW BENEFITS THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY (LLS)

Sales of new Cookie Decorating Kits and Cookie Gift Boxes go to LLS to help blood cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic ATLANTA (May 1, 2020) – Baking for a cause! The Great American Cookies® e-commerce program now Read More »

ROUND TABLE PIZZA® TO OPEN IN DOWNTOWN DALLAS

The new Round Table Pizza®, located at 5600 SMU Blvd Suite 120, will open on Monday, May 4, 2020. The location is the second in Texas. DALLAS (May 1, 2020) – Despite the challenge of opening during a Read More »

GLOBAL FRANCHISE GROUP® ANNOUNCES NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Foodservice veteran and seasoned restaurant executive, Paul Damico, tapped to lead the organization ATLANTA – April 13, 2020 – Global Franchise Group® (GFG), the strategic brand management company and franchisor of Great American Cookies®, Hot Dog on a Read More »

Annica Conrad

Annica Conrad
Chief Marketing Officer

Annica has more than 20 years of award-winning marketing experience and has been with GFG for 3 years. She joined the company from Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers where she was Vice President, Brand Development. In this role, Annica was responsible for the rebirth and growth in popularity of the 42-year-old eclectic brand through smart menu design and development, implementation of the Mellow Mushroom loyalty app and creation and rollout of its first online ordering system. Before her time with Mellow Mushroom, Annica was Vice President of Marketing for Mcalister’s Corporation and she spent the early part of her career at a prominent advertising agency in Mobile Alabama. She is graduate of Samford University in Birmingham where she earned her Bachelors in Marketing and MBA in Economics.

Sam Patterson
Chief Financial Officer

Patterson came to Global Franchise Group in April 2020 from FOCUS Brands where he served as Senior Vice President of Accounting. For the last eleven years, he was responsible for leading financials for Cinnabon, Carvel, Schlotzsky’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, McAlister’s Deli, Auntie Anne’s and Jamba Juice. He directed the organization through the transfer and integration of all accounting back-office functions for Auntie Anne’s from Pennsylvania, McAlister’s Deli from Mississippi, and Jamba Juice from Texas to Atlanta and converted a brand-centric accounting structure into a shared services organization. Before his time with FOCUS, he was Senior Vice President & Corporate Controller for Movie Gallery/Hollywood Video (NASDAQ: MOVI & MVGR), Vice President and Corporate Controller for Republic National Cabinet Corporation, and Corporate Controller for Wolverine Tube, Inc. (NYSE: WLV). He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant, holds a master’s in business administration from Auburn University, and is a graduate of the University of Texas, Tyler.