Chris has enjoyed a progressive career in the restaurant and franchising industry. While attending Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and enrolled in a BComm program, Chris also worked on campus as the university’s Liquor Services Manager. After leaving SMU, he joined PepsiCo and the KFC Atlantic operations team. During his early tenure with PepsiCo (now Yum! Restaurants Canada), Chris opened one of the first Pizza Hut co-branded locations in New Minas, NS.
Chris then moved to the GTA taking on additional roles including Field Training Leader, and Area Manager. In 2004 he was promoted to Director of Training and Operations Services for the KFC Brand in Canada, responsible for Field Training, Program Development and Operations Services for the brand nationally. Chris next returned to Operations as the Director of Operations for Atlantic Canada and then South West and North Ontario having full accountability for 71 company owned restaurants.
Before returning to the KFC business with FMI in September of 2011, Chris worked as VP of Operations for Grinner’s Food Systems Limited and with Montana’s and Boston Pizza International leading their brands in Atlantic Canada. A fan of Jim Collins, Chris believes success is a result of disciplined, aligned teams working towards a common goal. His efforts have been recognized during his career by receiving two Builder’s Awards, “Helping to Light the Way” Award and “The Bull” Award for acting like an owner.
After 5 strong years rebuilding FMI’s KFC business in Canada, and a successful acquisition of KFC restaurants in the US, Chris was appointed VP of Field Operations with FMI Group. He now leads a tenured team of Operations Leaders representing each of FMI’s divisions.