Walk-On Sports Bistreaux® continues to stack its All-American team of industry leaders as the brand rapidly expands across the United States.
Walk-On CEO and Co-Founder Brandon Landry today announced that the company has welcomed industry veteran Sam Patterson to its leadership team as Chief Financial Officer to continue building its winning culture. The brand also added vice president of franchise sales Mike Wootton and director of loyalty and e-commerce Kelsey Cipriano in February.
“We are thrilled to welcome Sam to our team,” Landry said. “He brings decades of experience and knowledge to our already seasoned management team, and we look forward to seeing the immediate impact he will have on our business. Walk-On’s is in a phase of hyper-growth, and it’s a privilege to be surrounded by such talented people as we continue to expand across the country.
Patterson joins the Walk-On team after serving as Chief Financial Officer for Global Franchise Group. He was responsible for the finance, accounting and IT functions of the company and its brands, including Round Table Pizza, Great American Cookies, Marble Slab Creamery, Hot Dog on a Stick and Pretzelmaker. Prior to working for GFG, Patterson worked at FOCUS Brands for 11 years, where he served as Senior Vice President of Accounting and was responsible for leading financial functions for Cinnabon, Carvel, Schlotzsky’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, McAlister’s Deli, Auntie Anne’s and Jamba. Juice.
Wootton brings over 15 years of experience to Walk-On’s. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Franchise Development for Now Optics, setting up all development processes for the growth of its My EyeLab telehealth optical franchise offering. Prior to Now Optics, Wootton spent seven years as a Southeastern United States franchise developer for Dairy Queen, where he managed existing and new franchise growth, sales activities and real estate selection. Wootton also spent seven years with Dominos on the franchise’s development team.
Another highly experienced industry leader, Cipriano previously worked for Inspire Brands for four years. She most recently served as Marketing Manager of Proprietary Digital Channels, guiding proprietary channel marketing and retention for Buffalo Wild Wings, Arby’s, Sonic, Jimmy John’s, Dunkin’ and Rusty Taco. Cipriano also worked with the entire Inspire portfolio on email communication, push notifications, SMS and web content consistency, ensuring all marketing channels were branded perfectly and correctly. and appealing to customers. Cipriano also brings experience from Newell Brands, where she led CRM execution for its cookware and appliance brands.
For more information, visit walk-ons.com. To inquire about franchise opportunities, please visit walkonsfranchising.com or contact Vice President of Franchise Sales Mike Wootton at 704.572.2499.
About Walk-On Bistreaux Sports
Based in Baton Rouge, Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux was founded in 2003 by Brandon Landry, a former basketball player at LSU. Building on the true spirit of a walk-on and building a winning culture, the brand is growing rapidly across the United States. Its Louisiana-inspired menu features dishes and drinks made from scratch every day. Walk-On’s All-American team provides a game-day experience in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere that ensures every guest is a winner. For more information, visit walk-ons.com.