Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux, the restaurant and sports bar brand, has named Chris Porcelli as chief financial officer and Jennifer Pecoraro-Striepling, as chief development officer, the company said Wednesday.
The Baton Rouge, La.-based casual-dining company named Chris Dawson as CEO in June, succeeding Scott Taylor in the position.
“Both Chris and Jennifer bring a wealth of experience and proven leadership in their respective fields, which will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux,” said Dawson in a statement. “Their expertise will be instrumental in driving our brand forward, enhancing our financial performance, and expanding our presence. These additions signify our commitment to excellence and innovation, and we can't wait to see the positive impact they will have on our brand."
As CFO, Porcelli will lead finance, accounting, analytics, supply chain and human resources for the brand. He comes to Walk-On’s with more than 15 years of accounting and operations experience. Most recently, he served for six years with Driven Brands, the largest automotive services company in North America. Prior to joining Walk-On's, Chris held the position of chief operating officer at Maaco.
“I'm excited to lead Walk-On's on a transformative journey by making strategic investments in our support and infrastructure,” Porcelli said. “We're laying the groundwork for a data-driven, best-in-class, scalable platform that will not only meet our current needs but also propel us into the future. Our commitment to innovation and excellence will ensure that Walk-On's remains a frontrunner in the industry and continues to exceed expectations as we eye expansion.”
Pecoraro-Striepling, the new chief development officer, previously worked with such concepts as Papa Johns International, Bloomin’ Brands, and Darden Restaurants.
“We are dedicated to elevating our development efforts to new heights while navigating the ever-evolving landscape of the restaurant industry,” said Pecoraro-Striepling. “My aim is to foster growth by implementing innovative strategies and building collaborative teams. We will be at the forefront of change, enhancing the development side of Walk-On's to ensure our brand not only thrives but leads in this dynamic industry.”
Atlanta-based 10 Point Capital in October 2020 made a growth investment in the Walk-On’s brand.
Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux, founded in 2003 by Louisiana State University walk-on basketball players Brandon Landry and Jack Warner, has nearly 100 restaurants nationwide.
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