Meet the Quiznos Management Team
Visionary leadership team with passion for brand and franchisee success is leading Quiznos
Gerardo I. “Gerry” Lopez – Executive Chairman
As Executive Chairman, Gerry will use his considerable experience to help develop a strategic plan to drive franchisee results. He has over 33 years of experience, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer at Extended Stay America (2015-2017) and at AMC Entertainment (2009-2015), and not only in the Hospitality and Entertainment industries but also in Multi-Unit Retail (Starbucks), Food & Beverage (PepsiCo, International Home Foods), Consumer Packaged Goods (Procter & Gamble) and Supply Chain (Handleman Company). Gerry graduated from George Washington University and received his MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business.
A long-time Quiznos fan, Gerry’s favorite Quiznos product? He’s been enjoying the Black Angus Steak Sub for years, but recently has been loving the jalapeno kick from the Spicy Chipotle Pulled Pork!
Pat Hilton – Executive Vice President Operations and Development North America
Pat is a 7 year Quiznos veteran and was recently promoted to Executive Vice President Operations and Development North America. During his time with Quiznos, Pat has been instrumental in leading the team to improve performance and efficiency. His team represents the first point of contact with existing franchisees coming on board.
Since starting his restaurant career in the kitchen, Pat has developed a keen attention to detail and an intimate knowledge of store level operations. With experience in international operations such as McDonald’s and Burger King, Pat’s focus always has been and always will be the well-being of franchisees as we grow store count and drive traffic and transaction size.
His favorite Quiznos product? The Apple Harvest Chicken Salad with the Acai Vinaigrette and the Classic Italian on Rosemary Parmesan Bread – with au jus for dipping.
Ron Lund – Senior Vice President & General Manager for Marketing, International & IT.
New to the Quiznos team is Ron Lund, a seasoned consumer industry executive. Ron is our Senior Vice President and General Manager and responsible for Marketing, International, and IT. He brings decades of domestic and international experience across numerous functions including merchandising, distribution, Marketing, and IT. With plenty of experience in the consumer product industry where he has spent the last several years in product management and marketing (both digital and bricks and mortar), he is looking forward to applying that knowledge to our franchisees and partners. His experience will be a big asset as Quiznos continue to focus on driving transactions in-store and online.
Ron’s favorite Quiznos product? The Mesquite Chicken — the first sandwich he tasted 20 years ago during his first visit to a Quiznos in Minnesota, and he’s never forgotten the taste of that experience
Bruce Vermilyea – Chief Financial Officer
A fresh face to the Quiznos team, Bruce is very excited to work with our franchisees and business partners to create a healthy growing franchise system. As Chief Financial Officer, he will focus on strategic initiatives for most productive use of Quiznos’ resources.
Bruce comes to Quiznos with an extensive background in the QSR space. Most recently, he was CFO of Pepperjax, a private equity-owned QSR sandwich chain. Prior to that, Bruce spent 18 years at Qdoba, the last 3 years as CFO of the Qdoba brand. His experience includes financial planning and analysis, cash management, administration of human resources and risk management planning. Mr. Vermilyea holds BS degrees in Business Administration and Accounting from University of Phoenix.
His favorite Quiznos products? The Classic Italian and the Spicy Chipotle Pulled Pork, both always on Jalapeno Cheddar Bread, no onions. He is also a big fan of the Ham and Swiss Ciabatta Toastie.
Jennifer Hejaily, Vice President Quality Assurance and Supply Chain
Joining Quiznos in June 2007 in Quality Assurance, Jennifer became Vice President of Quality Assurance and Supply Chain in 2010 before assuming responsibility for the entire Supply Chain – Purchasing and Distribution – in January 2017. She brings more than 20 years of food quality assurance, including 12 years with ConAgra Foods. Jennifer is accomplished in providing technical guidance to vendor manufacturing sites, product commercialization, supply chain strategy and culinary development.
Her favorite Quiznos products? The Classic Italian with those savory Italian meats, crisp lettuce and tangy vinaigrette. She also loves Quiznos limited-time offer menu items, because they’re adventurous new flavors driven by the quality!