Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine Issue III, 2017 - Page 32

2017 MVP AWARDS BY HELEN BOND Making Their Day, Every Day TravelCenters of America serves food, fuel, and smiles J ohn Ponczoch believes there is al- ways a way to make someone’s day. Ponczoch, senior vice president of food operations and marketing for TravelCenters of America (TA-Petro) since 2010, is the recipient of the 2017 MVP for Multi-Brand Growth Lead- ership Award for continued success in operating multiple brands—dozens, in fact. TA-Petro, the largest full-service travel center company in the U.S., oper- ates the TA and Petro Stopping Centers and employs more than 12,000 on the foodservice side alone. “I think it’s important to point out the uniqueness of our company,” says Ponczoch. “We are not only a franchi- see of 25-plus brands, we also franchise our brands and operate in more than 800 foodservice outlets.” In addition to its franchised brands, TA operates 9 brands as franchisor: Country Pride (110 company, 3 franchised); Iron Skillet (55 company, 10 franchised); Quaker Steak & Lube (55 company, 35 franchised); as well as 6 other brands with 1 company site each. The difference-makers for TA-Petro, says Ponczoch, are the company’s man- agement bench strength to promote NAME: John Ponczoch TITLE: SVP Food Operations, TravelCenters of America NO. OF UNITS: 66 Popeyes, 54 Godfather’s Pizza, 51 Subway, 38 Taco Bell, 32 Burger King, 30 Pizza Hut, 10 Starbucks, 10 Dunkin’ Donuts Express, 9 Dunkin’ Donuts, 8 Arby’s, 6 Hunt Brothers Pizza, 5 Charleys Philly Steaks, 5 Pizza Hut Slice Bar, 4 Broaster’s Chicken, 4 Piccadilly Pizza, 3 A&W, 3 Chester’s Chicken, 3 Sbarro, 3 Wendy’s, 2 Dairy Queen, 2 Baskin-Robbins, 1 each of Champs Chicken, Charley Biggs Chicken, Hot Stuff Pizza, Noble Roman’s, Taco Time, Tim Hortons AGE: 53 FAMILY: Married, 3 children, 2 grandchildren YEARS IN FRANCHISING: 25 YEARS IN CURRENT POSITION: 8 (30 with company) 30 MULTI-UNIT FRANCHISEE IS S UE III, 2017