Laura Tanaka was the Vice President of Franchise Development at Pizza Factory Inc., California. Laura had showed tremendous success in the franchise world staying close to the food and beverage industry in the United States. Laura started her career as the Regional Sales Division Manager for the Colombo Yogurt company in 1989.
Before owning Papa Murphy’s Pizza in 2002, Laura served as the Regional Vice President of Development in TCBY & Mrs. Fields Famous Brands for 7 years and as the Director of Franchise Development in Port of Subs, Inc. for one and a half years.
While she owned Papa Murphy’s Pizza, she successfully operated two locations, Alamo and Pleasanton, California.
“Laura is (was) a polished, skilled, and ethical franchise salesperson with the willingness to put in the hard work necessary to achieve results. In the time she was at Steak n Shake, Laura negotiated contracts for over a dozen new franchised units. I would recommend Laura to any company seeking an outstanding franchise sales professional”, exclaims Kim Anderek, a senior colleague of Laura.
Laura, in 2006, associated with POPEYES, a multi-location restaurant brand that has millions of patrons to vouch for its spread, as the Director of Development Director, for the subsequent two years. Laura’s potential and hard work bagged her the position of Director of Franchise Development with iHOP, an American multinational pancake house restaurant chain specializing in breakfast foods.
One of her client testaments confirms that she has a strong hold on the franchise developments and has been triumphant in establishing brand expansions. “I had the privilege of working with Laura during her years with IHOP. I found her to be an intelligent, flexible worker driven towards excellence in moving the brand forward, particularly into new territory. I enjoyed our business partnership and would look forward to working with her again in any capacity”, exclaims Barbara Churchill, a client.
With two years in iHOP, Laura has proven successful in
In the following years, Laura was appointed by Del Taco LLC, California as the Director of Franchise Development. Here she delivered
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Laura Tanaka has demonstrated an extraordinary contribution to the restaurant franchise industry.