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It’s widely known that getting in on the ground-floor of an exciting franchise brings many great benefits; prime real-estate selection, cheaper costs on almost everything, direct access to the Founders and early decision making influence. The list goes on. The typical downside of joining a young franchise is that there’s usually not a lot of support and infrastructure from the Corporate team.

At Rush Bowls, you get the best of both worlds. We know that support is crucial in helping you to hit it big. We’ve invested in an experienced team. From operations, marketing, product testing and development, financial coaching to human resources, we’ve got you covered. We’re backed by the power of the Lund Brown group, one of the nation’s largest franchisees of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, as well as other concepts including Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Dunkin Donuts and Red Burrito, giving you direct access to an experienced team of franchise professionals.

SUPPORT TEAM

Mark Kranjcec
Chief Marketing Officer

Mark Kranjcec brings 15 years of marketing expertise to his role at Rush Bowls Franchising. Over that time, he has consulted and guided thousands of businesses ranging from local sole proprietors to international companies in both traditional and digital marketing. As Director of Digital Solutions for 17 MediaNews Group properties, he led sales teams and thrived at creating marketing and advertising programs that delivered results for local entrepreneurs. During his tenure at the digital agency Fruition, he consulted and led initiatives for international clients such as Creative Learning Corporation (corporate and franchise divisions), Kia, CKE and Coats & Clark amongst others.

Mark’s approach to marketing can be summarized this way: “You never accomplish anything meaningful by trying to convince consumers that your product is the best out there. Instead, you look for ways to connect with people and groups who share similar values to yours and initiate an ongoing conversation. Marketing must communicate both ways for you to grow.”

Mark KranjcecChief Marketing Officer

Mark Kranjcec brings 15 years of marketing expertise to his role at Rush Bowls Franchising. Over that time, he has consulted and guided thousands of businesses ranging from local sole proprietors to international companies in both traditional and digital marketing. As Director of Digital Solutions for 17 MediaNews Group properties, he led sales teams and thrived at creating marketing and advertising programs that delivered results for local entrepreneurs. During his tenure at the digital agency Fruition, he consulted and led initiatives for international clients such as Creative Learning Corporation (corporate and franchise divisions), Kia, CKE and Coats & Clark amongst others.

Mark’s approach to marketing can be summarized this way: “You never accomplish anything meaningful by trying to convince consumers that your product is the best out there. Instead, you look for ways to connect with people and groups who share similar values to yours and initiate an ongoing conversation. Marketing must communicate both ways for you to grow.”

Whitney Rajotte
Director of Development

Whitney Rajotte is the current Director of Development for Rush Bowls. She brings 10 years of various restaurant experience and 3 years of working directly with Buddy Brown’s franchise operations. During her restaurant years, she helped open 4 restaurants and was involved in hiring, training, menu development, and bar design.

Since moving to Boulder, Whitney has worked closely with Buddy and his franchise support staff. Her tasks have been numerous and she has greatly expanded her knowledge of the functions of operating a large scale franchise. Whitney is very much looking forward to this opportunity with Rush Bowls to promote excellent customer service with a brand based on healthy living and eating.

Whitney RajotteDirector of Development

Whitney Rajotte is the current Director of Development for Rush Bowls. She brings 10 years of various restaurant experience and 3 years of working directly with Buddy Brown’s franchise operations. During her restaurant years, she helped open 4 restaurants and was involved in hiring, training, menu development, and bar design.

Since moving to Boulder, Whitney has worked closely with Buddy and his franchise support staff. Her tasks have been numerous and she has greatly expanded her knowledge of the functions of operating a large scale franchise. Whitney is very much looking forward to this opportunity with Rush Bowls to promote excellent customer service with a brand based on healthy living and eating.

Buddy Brown
Founder - Partner

Dewey R. “Buddy” Brown has been involved in restaurant operations for over 30 years. He currently owns and operates nearly 300 restaurants, including Hardee’s, Carl’s Jr.’s, Dunkin Donuts, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut Express. Buddy has been an Operator and Partner in Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s since 1998. Over that time, Buddy has won numerous operational awards, most notably: the Founder’s Trophy for Franchisee of the Year in 2002 and 2008; Sales Building award for the largest sales increase in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2015; Developer of The Year 2008 and 2015, and was Carl’s Jr. Franchisee of the Year in 2013 and 2015. Buddy’s operational excellence is so highly regarded by CKE, that he has been awarded many corporate stores with the knowledge that he is able to improve operations better than anyone in the industry.

Prior to his franchise experience with Carl’s Jr. and Hardees, Buddy earned an MBA from the University of Missouri, was VP of Operations and Managing Partner for Mélange, Inc. (an acclaimed fine to casual dining restaurant group in Los Angeles), and successfully revived an underperforming restaurant group in Hawaii.

Buddy BrownFounder - Partner

Dewey R. “Buddy” Brown has been involved in restaurant operations for over 30 years. He currently owns and operates nearly 300 restaurants, including Hardee’s, Carl’s Jr.’s, Dunkin Donuts, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut Express. Buddy has been an Operator and Partner in Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s since 1998. Over that time, Buddy has won numerous operational awards, most notably: the Founder’s Trophy for Franchisee of the Year in 2002 and 2008; Sales Building award for the largest sales increase in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2015; Developer of The Year 2008 and 2015, and was Carl’s Jr. Franchisee of the Year in 2013 and 2015. Buddy’s operational excellence is so highly regarded by CKE, that he has been awarded many corporate stores with the knowledge that he is able to improve operations better than anyone in the industry.

Prior to his franchise experience with Carl’s Jr. and Hardees, Buddy earned an MBA from the University of Missouri, was VP of Operations and Managing Partner for Mélange, Inc. (an acclaimed fine to casual dining restaurant group in Los Angeles), and successfully revived an underperforming restaurant group in Hawaii.

Andrew Pudalov
Founder & CEO

Andrew Pudalov spent fifteen years working his way up through the competitive ranks of New York City’s financial sector. In 2004, he decided to leave his position as Head of a Global Fixed Income Derivative Desk at National Australia Bank and pursue a career path that was aligned with his personal values and ambitions. Andrew launched Rush Bowls in Boulder, CO in 2004 with a vision to create a place where people could eat healthy and truly enjoy the unadulterated and organic elements of the earth.

Andrew PudalovFounder & CEO

Andrew Pudalov spent fifteen years working his way up through the competitive ranks of New York City’s financial sector. In 2004, he decided to leave his position as Head of a Global Fixed Income Derivative Desk at National Australia Bank and pursue a career path that was aligned with his personal values and ambitions. Andrew launched Rush Bowls in Boulder, CO in 2004 with a vision to create a place where people could eat healthy and truly enjoy the unadulterated and organic elements of the earth.

MILLENNIALS ARE OUR MARKET

SOCIAL MEDIA

We utilize every major outlet of social media to make sure our market is aware of everything going on at Rush Bowls.

LOCAL SEARCH

On top of social media, we also utilize foot traffic and other traditional marketing techniques to cover tangible bases.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

We utilize every major outlet of social media to make sure our market is aware of everything going on at Rush Bowls.

DESIGN

We utilize every major outlet of social media to make sure our market is aware of everything going on at Rush Bowls.

Rush Bowls can utilize space within existing businesses to maximize revenue.

SUPPORT SYSTEM

TRAINING

Our training program is held at our corporate office and at your location over a 3-week period. We’ll cover everything from recipes, ordering, ingredients, processes, POS, store layout, manager training, employee training, hiring, marketing best-practices, grand opening planning and location-specific challenges and opportunities.

ONGOING SUPPORT

Ongoing support will be provided for operations, management, marketing, and more throughout planning, opening and operation. This includes regular meetings and time in the field through training and beyond.

MARKETING

Our marketing department will help you develop a local marketing plan based on a market assessment. You’ll work together on a grand opening plan (including materials and community outreach) and with assistance on direct mail, print, signage and digital media.

ANNUAL MEETINGS

Rush Bowls will be hosting regular meetings to review marketing initiatives and best practices,  and to discuss updates on product development, season menus and process improvements.

FIELD SUPPORT

Field training will be provided prior to launch and from time to time as needed post launch.

OPERATIONS

We’ll host ongoing company-wide meetings to review initiatives related to the marketing fund, brand developments and product development.

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