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(WEBCAST): Emerging Stronger Post-COVID-19

Updated: Apr 16, 2020

Jim Holthouser, CEO of Focus Brands, LLC., joined us to discuss leading, pivoting, and turning disadvantage to advantage through this time of crisis.


For more than thirty years, Jim Holthouser has leveraged his extensive experience in international business, franchising, brand management and global product development to grow some of the world’s most well-known brands in the hospitality industry. Under his leadership, hospitality-related companies have thrived with innovative and customer-focused solutions to grow and reinvigorate brands, improve loyalty, create cost savings, and drive revenue and unit growth.

Before joining Focus Brands Inc., as Chief Executive Officer, in February 2020, Jim was the Executive VP of Global Brands, Marketing and Loyalty at Hilton Worldwide where he was responsible for a $36B international portfolio of 13 leading hotel brands covering more than 5,000 locations across 105 countries. He directed worldwide brand marketing; product and brand development; owner relations; and the 75 million-member Hilton Honors guest loyalty program. Additionally, he launched five new hotel brands—the most successful brand launches in the company’s 100-year-history-- and instituted high-impact digital innovations and apps system-wide.

Jim grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. He earned both an MBA from the America Graduate School of International Management as well as a B.A. and an M.A. in Economics and Political Science from University of Louisville.


Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands®. is a leading developer of global multi-channel foodservice brands. FOCUS Brands, through its affiliate brands, is the franchisor and operator of more than 6,000 restaurants, cafes, ice cream shoppes and bakeries in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and over 50 foreign countries under the brand names Auntie Anne’s®, Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Jamba®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, McAlister’s Deli®, and Schlotzsky’s®


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