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Cinnabon Names Kat Cole as Chief Operating Officer

Atlanta, GA (October 20, 2010) – Cinnabon, Inc., the market leader among cinnamon roll bakeries with more than 770 locations worldwide, announced today that Kat Cole has been named Chief Operating Officer. The former Vice President of Training and Development for Hooters of America, Inc. will join Cinnabon to lead the 25-year old franchise organization in achieving maximum Guest satisfaction, efficiency and growth.

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Roark Capital Portfolio Company FOCUS Brands to Acquire Auntie Annes

Atlanta, GA (October 8, 2010) Roark Capital, an Atlanta-based private equity firm, announced today that one of its portfolio companies, FOCUS Brands, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Auntie Anne’s, the franchisor of the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel chain. Headquartered in Lancaster, Pa., Auntie Anne’s has nearly 1,100 stores in 44 states and 21 countries. The transaction is expected to close later this fall.

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FOCUS Brands Inc. Names Gary Bales as President of Cinnabon

Atlanta, GA (July 14, 2009) FOCUS Brands Inc., the franchisor and operator of over 2,200 ice cream stores, bakeries, restaurants and cafes, announced today that Gary Bales will be appointed President of Cinnabon when current president Geoff Hill joins parent company Roark Capital Group as Vice President on January 1, 2010. FOCUS Brands consists of Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill® and Seattle’s Best Coffee® International. Gary will be assuming Geoff’s role in addition to his existing role as President of Carvel.

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FOCUS Brands Inc. Names Russ Umphenour as President and CEO

Atlanta, GA (Nov 10, 2008) FOCUS Brands Inc. announced today that Russ Umphenour has been named President and CEO. Former Chief Executive Steve Romaniello has been named Chairman of the Board, and joins Roark Capital Group as Managing Director and a member of the private equity firm’s Investment Committee.

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Moes Southwest Grill Names Paul Damico as Brand President

Atlanta, GA (May 6, 2008) FOCUS Brands® announced today that Paul Damico has been named brand president of Moe’s Southwest Grill®, the fast growing fast-casual restaurant best known for its flavorful Southwestern fare served in a vibrant and inviting atmosphere.

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