Don Fox

Don Fox

Chief Executive Officer at Firehouse of America, LLC

Location
Jacksonville, Florida Area
Industry
Restaurants

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Don Fox's Overview

Current
  • Advisory Board Member at Fast Casual Executive Summit
  • Author at "Patton's Vanguard "
Past
  • Advisory Board Member at MUFSO
  • Advisory Board Member at Dine America
  • Member at Pro Start Initiative Cabinet
Education
Connections

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Don Fox's Summary

Don Fox is a restaurant industry veteran with 40 years of experience, predominately in the QSR and Fast Casual segments. His first job was scrubbing pots and pans at the dish sink of a local Italian restaurant in NJ. He began his food service management career in 1976 with Six Flags amusement parks; after two years, he advanced to the position of district manager. In 1980, he began a 23 year career with Burger King Corporation, which included a variety of assignments in R&D and field operations. Don joined Firehouse Subs in 2003 as Director of Franchise Compliance, rose to the position of COO in early 2005, and became CEO in December of 2009. Under his leadership, the brand has grown to over 820 restaurants in 42 states and Puerto Rico. He is a frequent speaker and panelist at numerous industry conferences and universities. In 2011, he was named by Nation's Restaurant News as one of the top ten executives to watch, and received the MUFSO Golden Chain Award for his accomplishments. At the 2011 MUFSO conference, he was awarded the prestigious Operator of the Year award. In 2013, he became a member of the National Restaurant Association's Board of Directors, and was recently named one of this year's Silver Plate Award recipients. In 2013, he was named the #1 executive in the Fast Casual segment by FastCasual.com

Fox is also a published author. Among his works: "Patton's Vanguard - The United States Fourth Armored Division", published in 2003 (a soft cover edition was released in 2007). He has been published in Nation's Restaurant News, Forbes, and other business publications (check out FastCasual.com for his blog).

Don resides in Jacksonville with his wife Stephanie and sons Alex and Andrew.

Specialties: Executive leadership; restaurant operations and financial performance; organizational development and team building; strategic planning, execution, and analysis.

Don Fox's Experience

Chief Executive Officer

Firehouse of America, LLC

Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Restaurants industry

May 2003Present (11 years 6 months)

Provide leadership for one of the USA's fastest growing and highest performing restaurant brands.

Advisory Council Member

Restaurant Leadership Council

August 2010Present (4 years 3 months)

Serve as an adviser for developing the agenda for the RLC's annual conference.

Advisory Board Member

Technomic, Inc.

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Management Consulting industry

February 2010Present (4 years 9 months)

Advisor on restaurant industry trends and Technomic's product offerings

Advisory Board Member

Fast Casual Executive Summit

January 2009Present (5 years 10 months)

Provide consultation and guidance for the annual Summit.

Author

"Patton's Vanguard "

2000Present (14 years)

Author of "Patton's Vanguard - The United States Army Fourth Armored Division". Originally published in 2003, and re-released in a soft cover edition in 2007.

Advisory Board Member

MUFSO

November 2010October 2013 (3 years)

Help guide the organizers (Nation's Restaurant News) in the development of the agenda for their annual industry event.

Advisory Board Member

Dine America

March 2010January 2013 (2 years 11 months)

Provide advice for the development of the annual conference.

Member

Pro Start Initiative Cabinet

January 2010January 2012 (2 years 1 month)

Helped in the fund raising efforts and provided organizational input for this outstanding initiative.

Franchise Business Manager

Burger King Corporation

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; BKC; Restaurants industry

March 1980March 2003 (23 years 1 month)

Joined Burger King in 1980 as an Assistant Restaurant Manager; served through the years that followed as a General Manager, District Manager, Franchise Business Manager, and Manager of R&D

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; SIX; Entertainment industry

March 1976March 1980 (4 years 1 month)

During my tenure, served as Manager of Portable Operations; Restaurant Manager; Manager of Employee Dining; Area Manager

Don Fox's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Baseball Coach

      Julington Creek Baseball
      • Children
      January 1987 June 2007 (20 years 6 months)
  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
      • Economic Empowerment
      • Education
      • Health
      • Politics
    • Organizations I support:

      • National Restaurant Association
      • International Franchise Association
      • Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association
      • Florida Chamber of Commerce

Don Fox's Publications

  • Patton's Vanguard - The United States Army Fourth Armored Division

    • McFarland
    • 2003
    Authors: Don Fox, Martin Blumenson

    (Foreword by Martin Blumenson) Detailed accounts of the legendary campaigns of the United States Fourth Armored Division, universally recognized as "Patton's Best," from its pre-World War II origins up through its famous relief of the 101st Airborne Division during the Battle of the Bulge are presented in this book. The break out of Normandy at Avranches, the isolation of the Brittany peninsula, the armored thrust across France, the tank battles at Arracourt that cemented the reputation of the Fourth Armored, the brutal struggle in Lorraine, and, ultimately, the legendary drive to Bastogne are among the topics. The accounts were assembled through the use of original unit combat diaries and after-action reports, memoirs of key historical figures and abundant supplementary documents and correspondences. But the essence of the book are the first-hand recollections from members of the division gathered by the author. With maps, drawings and photographs.

  • Obamacare's Acute Affliction On Restaurant Workers

    • Forbes
    • September 12, 2013
    Authors: Don Fox

    Op-Ed on the then-current state of the Affordable Care Act.

  • The Importance of Spreading Optimism

    • Nation's Restaurant News
    • February 20, 2012
    Authors: Don Fox
  • QSR operators can recover from down economy by staying the course, remaining true to core values

    • Nation's Restaurant News
    • July 14, 2008
    Authors: Don Fox
  • The seven habits of effective franchise operations provide fair fiscal framework for business partners

    • Nation's Restaurant News
    • March 10, 2008
    Authors: Don Fox
  • A Fresh Look at the Deep Sky

    • Sky & Telescope
    • May 1999
    Authors: Don Fox

    Book review of "The Messier Objects" (Stephen James O'Meara)

Don Fox's Organizations

  • Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association

    Executive Board Member & Vice-Chair; Chairman of FRLA PAC
    • September 2012 to Present

    Serve as the FRLA's liaison to the National Restaurant Association

  • International Franchise Association

    Member

    Active participant in advocacy work for the IFA.

  • National Restaurant Assocation

    Director
    • January 2013 to Present

    Member of the Board of Directors, currently serving as the Vice-Chair of the "Food and Healthy Living" committee (incoming Chair for 2015), and hold a seat on the "Advocacy Fund" committee. Past-Chairman of the Fast Casual Industry Council Steering Committee, and current committee member. Serve on the five year strategic plan committee.

  • Fast Casual Industry Council

    Chairman
    • October 2009 to December 2013

    The FCIC is a subset of the National Restaurant Association. The FCIC is the leading resource to, and advocate for, the Fast Casual segment. Serving on the committee since 2008, I assumed the role of vice-chair in 2012, and chairman in 2013.

  • Florida Chamber of Commerce

    Member
    • August 2014 to Present

Don Fox's Honors and Awards

  • Operator of the Year

    Nation's Restaurant News
    • October 2011

    One of five finalists, Don was selected by a vote of his industry peers as the Operator of the Year for 2011. This coveted award has a distinguished history dating back to 1971. The award is presented each year at the MUFSO conference, hosted by Nation's Restaurant News.

  • #1 Executive in the Top 100 Fast Casual Ranking

    FastCasual.com (Networld Alliance)
    • May 2013

    For the past 8th consecutive year, FastCasual.com issued their 100 top Mover and Shakers. This year, Firehouse Subs ranked #4 out of 50 Fast Casual brands (our third consecutive top five finish, including the #1 spot in 2011), and Don earned the #1 spot among 20 ranked industry executives.

  • Silver Plate Award

    IFMA
    • February 2013

    For 59 years, the International Food Manufacturers Association has recognized the top leaders in the industry. This year, Don was selected as the Foodservice Operator of the Year for the Chain Limited Service Category (one of eight categories recognized).

  • 2013 Advocacy Leadership Award

    National Restaurant Association
    • April 2014

    Honoring leadership in restaurant advocacy; awarded at the 2014 NRA Public Affairs Conference in Washington DC.

  • Golden Chain Award

    Nation's Restaurant News
    • October 2011

    Named as one of five Golden Chain Award winners for 2011.

  • Royal Palm Literary Awards

    Florida Writer's Association
    • January 2004

    Received the award of 1st place for historical non-fiction for "Patton's Vanguard - The United States Army Fourth Armored Division"

Don Fox's Skills & Expertise

  1. Restaurants
  2. Franchising
  3. Strategic Planning
  4. Team Building
  5. Organizational Development
  6. Fundraising
  7. Franchise Consulting
  8. Restaurant Management
  9. Public Speaking
  10. Published Author
  11. Leadership
  12. Food Service
  13. Food
  14. Blogging
  15. Profit
  16. Strategic Leadership
  17. Marketing
  18. Multi-unit
  19. Management
  20. Inventory Management
  21. Retail
  22. Operations Management
  23. Training
  24. Sales Management
  25. Sales
  26. Budgets
  27. Hospitality
  28. Income Statement
  29. Event Management
  30. New Business Development
  31. Event Planning
  32. Marketing Strategy
  33. Driving Results
  34. Public Relations
  35. Customer Service
  36. Social Media Marketing
  37. Advertising
  38. Business Planning
  39. Coaching
  40. Social Networking
  41. Food & Beverage
  42. Customer Satisfaction
  43. Time Management
  44. Strategy
  45. Leadership Development
  46. Entrepreneurship
  47. P&L Management
  48. Social Media
  49. Recruiting
  50. Hiring

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Don Fox's Education

Rowan University

Applied Professional Music

19761976

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