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FOCUS Brands is a leading developer of global foodservice franchise systems. They’re the indirect parent company of McAlister’s Deli® and six other iconic foodservice brands.
Together, FOCUS Brands and the McAlister’s Deli® Leadership Teams bring their years of experience and expertise to support every area of your franchise business.
our foodservice experts bring a lot to the table.
The McAlister’s Deli® Leadership Team
Chief Development Officer
VP of Operations
Joe Guith, President
With over 20 years of experience in food service, consumer products and retail, Joe Guith was promoted to the role of President of McAlister’s Deli® in April 2018. Previously, Joe served as Chief Operating Officer and President of Cinnabon, Inc. for four years, driving significant results through strong performance management, application of process-driven improvements, and building collaborative, high performing teams. Prior to joining FOCUS Brands, Joe worked in general management and strategy with Coca-Cola and Yum! Brands in domestic and international markets. His background has fostered a passion for growing iconic brands that deliver superior experiences and value for guests and franchise owners. Joe is originally from Michigan and has a BBA and MBA from the University of Michigan.
Tim Muir, Chief Development Officer
Tim joined FOCUS Brands in March 2017, bringing more than 25 years of successful franchise sales and development experience to the organization as its first-ever Chief Development Officer. He is known throughout the industry as an effective, hands-on leader. Before joining FOCUS Brands, Tim successfully managed signature brands as an executive in charge of franchise sales and development for two of the world’s leading hotel franchisors. A key figure in the hospitality industry, Tim established a track record of achieving impressive results, directing new construction brands in North America and leading an aggressive, strategic approach to create new growth opportunities.
An active and passionate figure in the franchise business industry, Tim was a founding member of U.S. Franchise Systems and used his expertise to help launch and transform four start-up hotel brands into global brands. He continues to serve as a mentor for several leaders in the hotel business and resides on the advisory board at the University of Nevada Las Vegas Hotel School, his alma-mater.
Shelley Harris, Vice President of Operations
Shelley is the Vice President of Operations for McAlister’s Deli®, overseeing franchise and company restaurant operations, as well as training. She came to McAlister’s in March 2017 after joining FOCUS Brands as Vice President of Operations for Cinnabon Franchisor SPV LLC. Since joining McAlister's Deli®, Shelley has demonstrated her expansive knowledge and experience with the franchise system and foodservice industry, developing innovative systems and processes designed to strengthen operational execution and align support for key sales-building initiatives.
Shelley has a proven track record of building high-performance teams and has used her effective leadership, communication, and collaboration skills to grow brand value. Shelley’s background includes more than 25 years of direct operations management experience with prominent foodservice players.