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Walk-On's hires Sam Patterson as CFO

The chain also added a VP of franchise sales and a director of loyalty as it continues its rapid expansion.
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Photograph courtesy of Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux

Walk-On's Sport Bistreaux has expanded its leadership ranks with three new hires, including a CFO.

Sam Patterson will assume the top financial role at the chain after nearly two years as CFO of Global Franchise Group, the parent of Round Table Pizza, Great American Cookies and other brands. Before that, he was the SVP of accounting for Focus Brands for 11 years.

Patterson's experience with restaurant franchisors would appear to make him a logical fit for Walk-On's, which is growing quickly through franchising. 

“[Patterson] brings decades of experience and knowledge to our already seasoned leadership team, and we look forward to seeing the immediate impact he makes on our company,” said Walk-On's CEO and co-founder Brandon Landry in a statement.

Sam Patterson

Sam Patterson / Photo courtesy of Walk-On's

The Baton Rouge, La.-based sports bar chain also hired Mike Wootton as VP of franchise sales and Kelsey Cipriano as director of loyalty and e-commerce.

Wootton was most recently VP of franchise development for eye care provider Now Optics for three years. Before that, he worked in franchise development for Dairy Queen and Domino's Pizza. 

Cipriano joins Walk-On's after three years at Inspire Brands, where she was most recently the manager of owned digital channel marketing. Before that, she worked on customer relationship management for Newell Brands in its cookware and appliance division. 

“Walk-On’s is in a hyper-growth phase, and it is a privilege to be surrounded by such talented individuals as we continue to expand throughout the country,” Landry said.

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