Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux announced the appointments of Andy Izquierdo as the Vice President of Communications and Trey Hughes as Senior Director of Franchise Sales. These strategic decisions underscore Walk-On’s dedication to maintaining excellence as the brand eyes expansion and advancement.
“We are excited to welcome Andy Izquierdo and Trey Hughes to the Walk-On’s family. Their impressive backgrounds and proven track records align seamlessly with our commitment to delivering an exceptional guest experience. As we continue our journey of expansion, their strategic insights and leadership will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in further elevating Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux,” says Chris Dawson, CEO of Walk-On’s.
Izquierdo, the VP of Communications, arrives at Walk-On’s with over two decades of experience in various sectors and across industries including serving as President of Communications for Denny’s, Chief Communications Officer for Sound Transit and Waste Management, Vice President of Communications and Social Impact for Belk department stores and Vice President of Corporate Affairs for PetSmart. Andy played an integral role as Vice President of Global Public Affairs for Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), leading global reputation efforts and spearheading initiatives such as the reintroduction of Colonel Sanders and the expansion of the company’s first-ever food donation program. Notably, Andy possesses a strong science and health care background, having led communications and government affairs for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. A graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in broadcast journalism, Izquierdo’s dynamic background will be beneficial to Walk-On’s growth.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the Walk-On’s team, and I look forward to contributing to the brand’s legacy of excellence. With a focus on communication and engagement, I am committed to enhancing the connection between Walk-On’s and its valued guests, building on the brand’s reputation for outstanding customer service,” says Izquierdo.
Trey Hughes, the newly appointed Senior Director of Franchise Sales, brings a wealth of experience in the franchise sales arena. With a background as a franchise owner of 7 Brew Coffee and Senior Director of Business Development for Driven Brands, Trey is well-versed in the intricacies of franchise operations and growth. Trey’s main focus at Walk-On’s will be signing new franchise sales and contributing to the brand’s exponential growth. His unique perspective as a former franchisee adds valuable insights to the team, ensuring Walk-On’s remains at the forefront of franchise success.
“Joining Walk-On’s is an exciting opportunity. I am eager to leverage my experience in franchise operations and sales to contribute to the brand’s growth. Walk-On’s commitment to excellence aligns with my own values, and I am confident in our collective ability to take the brand to new heights,” adds Hughes.
With Andy Izquierdo and Trey Hughes on board, Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux is well-positioned to provide an even more exceptional dining experience to its cherished guests.