Former House of Blues President Named COO of Ignite Restaurant Group

Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. announced that Debra Eybers was named interim chief operating officer, effective November 29 and Lou Anne Banks joined the company as vice president of marketing on October 17.

Robert S. Merritt, chief executive officer of Ignite Restaurant Group, says, “We are excited to have Deb and Lou Anne join the Ignite team. They both bring a wealth of industry experience that will be instrumental in our future success. We look forward to working with Deb and Lou Anne as they help lead two important areas of focus for our company.”

Debra Eybers has more than 20 years of experience in a variety of operational and leadership roles within the restaurant industry. For the past several years, she has served as a consultant for several restaurant companies, including Ruth’s Hospitality Group and The Palm Restaurant. Eybers previously served as the president of House of Blues and as president of Cheeseburger in Paradise.

Lou Anne Banks has more than 20 years of experience leading marketing and public relations for restaurants, retailers and other multi-unit organizations in both corporate and agency environments. She previously served as the director of marketing for Bonefish Grill and the vice president of marketing for Johnny Rockets. Banks also served as a senior agency strategist to McDonald’s Restaurants, Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill, White Castle, Logan’s Roadhouse, and Firehouse Subs.

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