Bennett Management appoints new CEOWritten by Evan Brune | | email@example.com
Jimmy Harmon, a 27-year veteran of the restaurant industry, has been named CEO of Bennett Management Corp. and Tony Packo’s Toledo. The announcement follows the May 8 death of former CEO Bob Bennett.
“Business-wise, everything will continue on,” said Beverly Benner, vice president of administration and marketing for Bennett Management. “Of course, we were all saddened by his passing, but Bob founded a company and his visions for that company, as well as the Tony Packo’s entity, will continue forward, in large part due to all the employees who have worked with him over the years. He was a mentor to all of us, especially to his top management.”
According to a news release from the corporation, Harmon, who holds a master’s degree in management and organization and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, was most recently vice president of operations, training and franchising for Einstein Noah Restaurant Group in Denver.
“I’m very excited about it. It’s a great opportunity for me. I started from the bottom and worked my way up,” Harmon said.
Harmon began his career at Taco Bell while studying at the University of Colorado. He started as a team member and advanced through various management positions, ending as a manager for multiple restaurants while finishing graduate school.
Harmon earned management positions at the Wendy’s/Arby’s Group and By The Rockies, which manages Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. While working at the Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Harmon was asked to meet Bennett.
“I met Bob, and he was happy and healthy, and we really hit it off,” Harmon said.
Following Bennett’s death, Harmon began transitioning into his new position as CEO.
“Right now, it’s just getting in and meeting everyone. A lot’s happened over the last couple of years. I’m just getting around and asking questions,” Harmon said. “Everybody’s been great. I met with Tony Packo Jr. and Tony Packo III, and I had a follow-up with the staff. Everyone was fantastic.”
Harmon said he hopes to understand the vision for Burger King and Tony Packo’s before moving forward.
“Both require a little different strategy. Packo’s requires a little bit of growth,” Harmon said.
Benner said Harmon is the right choice for the company.
“We’re all grieved by Mr. Bennett’s passing, but we welcome [Harmon] into our business with open arms. I feel, from the short time I’ve known him, he will move our company forward,” Benner said.
She said she sees a bright future for Bennett Management.
“Mr. Bennett made the right choice,” Benner said. “[Harmon’s] experience and talents, his education, will contribute to the growth and visions of Bennett Management.”