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As CMO, Bruce Skala will oversee global marketing campaigns for Hooters and fast-casual concept hoots wings as well as drive national promotions for both company and franchisee restaurant locations.

Hooters Names Bruce Skala chief marketing officer

Elevation of innovator in sports partnership, food & beverage, licensing/promotions and the omnichannel customer experience follows series of major milestones for iconic brand

Hooters, the original American wing joint, today announced Bruce Skala has been promoted to chief marketing officer (CMO) of HOA Brands, the franchisor and operator of more than 400 Hooters restaurants. As CMO, Skala will oversee global marketing campaigns for Hooters and fast-casual concept hoots wings as well as drive national promotions for both company and franchisee restaurant locations. Skala’s roster of responsibilities in the role include traditional and social media marketing initiatives, digital customer engagement, brand licensing programs and alliances and partnerships in key categories ranging from sports betting and gaming to the beverage portfolio.

“Bruce has continually showcased his strategic thinking and first-mover instincts to celebrate and promote our restaurants through groundbreaking initiatives to uphold and extend our brands,” said HOA Brands LLC President and CEO Sal Melilli. “We are proud to have Bruce serve as our Chief Marketing Officer and to further the company’s world-renowned status.” 

Bruce-Skala-Hooters-CMO.gif“I am honored to be named Chief Marketing Officer and to further my stewardship of HOA Brands alongside a phenomenal team,” Skala, left, said. “I am proud of what Hooters has accomplished in bolstering its standing as a prominent brand, and I’m eager to continue building on that success.”

Throughout his nine-year career with the company, Skala has demonstrated tremendous leadership skills and creative thinking in several roles, most recently as senior vice president of marketing. He has led several standout campaigns during a challenging time for the industry and has rallied his team to keep the brand relevant, most recently spearheading partnerships with legendary golfer and two-time major champion John Daly and John Daly II, a rising star and Hooters’ first name, image and likeness (NIL) ambassador. 

He recently shepherded the re-signing of Chase Elliott, NASCAR’s most popular driver, and Hooters’ sponsorship of Elliott’s No. 9 Hedrick Motorsports car. Skala also manages a successful alliance program with celebrities, influencers and sports properties which has kept the brand extremely connected with its consumers.

An industry veteran with 25 years of food service and brand marketing experience, Skala earned the prestigious 2021 VIBE Innovator Award for his efforts creating breakthrough programs to sustain business operations and meet customer demand particularly during the pandemic. 

Skala also helped Hooters increase brand engagement and sales by implementing Smart QR menu technology for guests to view branded video content and discover more beer and cocktail options, providing cocktails, packaged beer and wine to-go, offering take-home cocktail kits and Hooters on the Fly, a curbside and to-go delivery space for guests to enjoy their favorite Hooters meal. This summer he has worked with Mountain Dew on “The Ultimate Wingman” promotion. 

Prior to joining HOA Brands in 2013, Skala headed field marketing for Heineken USA and held multiple roles for The Coca-Cola Company. He is a graduate of Ohio University.

About Hooters of America, LLC

Hooters of America, LLC, is the franchisor and operator of more than 410 Hooters restaurants in 38 states and 24 countries. Known for its world-famous Hooters Style chicken wings, the first Hooters opened its doors in 1983 in Clearwater, Florida. Expectations were so modest at the time that the simple fact the doors opened was deemed worthy of a toast. Since then, millions have been liberated from the ordinary at Hooters while enjoying great food, fun, and one-of-a-kind hospitality that can only be served up by the Hooters Girls. For more information about Hooters, visit or follow us at or

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