Sonny’s BBQ, the mission-driven BBQ restaurant known for quality BBQ and spreading kindness in the communities they serve, today announced the promotion of Billy Brewer from Vice President of Operations to Chief Operating Officer (COO). Brewer brings more than 17 years of operations experience and leadership in the franchise restaurant industry and will work closely with Sonny’s Franchise Company leaders and franchisees to foster alignment on business processes and initiatives.
“As we enter into an exciting period of growth and development for our brand, we’re thrilled to have Billy Brewer leading operations initiatives,” says Jamie Yarmuth, CEO of Sonny’s BBQ. “Billy has demonstrated impressive leadership capabilities, and he has a talent for making decisions that reflect the needs of everyone at the organization. We are certain that promoting a leader as authentic and passionate as Billy into this position will continue to lead to success for our brand and partners.”
“I’m humbled and beyond excited for this leadership opportunity at Sonny’s as we set our sights to the future of our brand,” says Billy Brewer, COO of Sonny’s BBQ. “From day one, I’ve seen myself as a translator for the business: reflecting franchise and corporate desires to create strategic business plans that address all parties’ needs and challenges. I take pride in being able to align these groups in order to streamline processes and increase efficiency, all while building strong relationships.”
Brewer recently celebrated 8 years with Sonny’s BBQ. His career began at the brand as an area director overseeing 10 corporate locations. After successfully running the stores for 18 months, Brewer took on a new role through the brand’s corporate headquarters that aligned with his strengths and expertise: a deep understanding of restaurant operations and the ability to establish system-wide operating processes that created efficiency and maximize growth potential. He established procedures to ensure consistency in food preparation across franchises to meet guest expectations while promoting individual restaurant identity among pitmasters and team members. Brewer was responsible for working with each franchisee to build a foundation for the company resting on the pillars of quality products and authentic company culture.
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