Canadian Restaurant Investment Summit May 30-31, 2012 The Hilton Toronto Hotel Founding Producer GE Capital


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Terry Jennings

Market Development | Five Star North America

Since 2010 Five Guy’s franchisee, Five Star North America, has opened 25 new restaurants with another 37 in various stages of development across Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Five Guy’s was founded in Arlington, Virginia in 1986 a carry out burger joint, and was first franchised in 2003. Since 2003 Five Guy’s has become the fastest growing franchise in North America according to QSR Magazine and Technomics. Additionally, Five Guy’s has been rated as the Best Burger in America for two years running by the prestigious ZAGGAT Survey of Fine Dining. Five Guy’s uses only the freshest, premium ingredients making their beef patties by hand everyday and slicing fresh potatoes for every order of fries. All 17 delicious toppings are free, so guests can create their own signature burger to satisfy their personal tastes.

Mr. Jennings has over 30 years experience in the restaurant industry and has contributed in both domestic and international market development. During that time he has worked in almost every facet of the restaurant business ranging from Operations and Supply Chain, to Restaurant and Brand Development, with chains as large as McDonald’s to growth concepts like St Louis Bread Company and Chipotle.

On the personal side, Terry and his wife Vicki have six children and six grand children. They are delighted to have written their last tuition check this past December. Being one of the senior team members at Five Star North America has resulted in Terry being nick named “Grandpa Jack”, a tag that leads to lots of jokes about the purported benefits of euthanasia.

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