Leadership

Michael Abt

Chief Executive Officer

Abt, an industry veteran with extensive experience in building brands, was a senior vice president with Arby’s before joining Huddle House as CEO in 2012. He has created a team that is focused on executing his vision of providing outstanding franchisee support in order to boost profitability and consistently producing a memorable experience for Huddle House guests. Abt has spearheaded a restaurant redesign that has led to same-store sales increases and renewed interest in the diner franchise brand.

Tom Cossuto

Chief Financial Officer

Cossuto, who joined Huddle House in 2005, oversees all aspects of Finance and Information Technology. He has over 30 years of experience managing Finance and IT in a diverse set of companies, including 15-plus years in the restaurant industry with such brands as Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell. Cossuto and his wife, Maeve, have three children and live in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Alison Glenn Delaney

Chief Marketing Officer

Delaney has over 30 years of experience in building restaurant brands with companies including T.G.I. Friday’s, Marie Callender’s, Ruby Tuesday and Ponderosa. She is responsible for reinforcing, both through our menu and our messaging, that Huddle House is the hometown diner for people who want to relax and catch up over breakfast, lunch, dinner or later, no matter what the occasion.

Christina Chambers

SVP of Franchise Development

Chambers came on board in 2015 as Vice President of Franchise Development. She began her career in franchise development more than 15 years ago and has played an integral role in growing multiple national food and service brands, including Great Wraps, Quizno’s Subs, and QSR brands of GFG Management LLC. As a franchise partner herself with Great American Cookies, Chambers brings a unique perspective and level of understanding to new and existing franchisees.

Troy Tracy

VP of Operations

Tracy joined Huddle House in 2013 with over 15 years of multi-unit leadership in corporate operations in brands including Captain D’s and Pizza Hut, franchise support and as a franchise partner for both McAlister’s Deli and Arby’s Restaurant Group. Tracy oversees systemwide corporate and franchise field operations. He and his wife, Pamela, have one child and live in Kennesaw Georgia.

Melissa Rothring

EVP & General Counsel

Rothring joined the Huddle House team in 2013 and serves as General Counsel and Executive Vice President to Huddle House, Inc. She has over 20 years of experience in franchising business analysis and management, focusing on financial and legal management initiatives with a concentration on effective branding and operational strategies. Rothring previously held executive leadership positions for GFG Management LLC, whose holdings include Great American Cookies, Marble Slab Creamery and Maggie Moo’s; and Kahala Corp., whose holdings include Blimpie, Pinkberry and Cold Stone Creamery.

Nathan Ballard

SVP of Distribution

Ballard oversees all food, supply and smallware distribution from the HHI Customer Support Center. He is a 20-year veteran of the distribution industry who joined Huddle House in 2004. Previously, Ballard served in Transportation Management roles at industry leaders A&P Supermarkets and GAF Materials Corp.