Leadership

Michael Abt

Chief Executive Officer

Michael is an industry veteran with extensive experience growing brands. He was a senior vice president with Arby’s, responsible for more than 1000 restaurants, before joining Huddle House as CEO in 2012. As a long-time restaurant operator, he understands what’s required to operate a successful restaurant and works closely with franchise partners to continually evolve the brand and maintain a competitive position. He and his team are focused on executing the brand vision: “To be small town America’s family dining choice”. His organization is centered on providing outstanding franchise partner support in order to consistently deliver a memorable experience for Huddle House guests and boost profitability

Troy Tracy

Chief Operating Officer

Troy 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.

Alison Glenn Delaney

Chief Marketing Officer

Alison 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.

David Krisher

Chief Financial Officer

David, who has been in the restaurant industry since 2006, oversees all aspects of Accounting and Finance. He has been with Huddle House for over a decade and has experience supporting franchise operations with a diverse set of brands including, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Checkers/Rally’s, Domino’s Pizza and Subway.

Melissa Rothring

Executive Vice President & General Counsel

Melissa 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

Chief Supply Chain Officer

Nathan 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.

Tim Linderman

Chief Development Officer

Tim, who joined Huddle House in 2019, began his career in franchise development more than 15 years ago and has played an integral role in growing multiple national brands including Arby’s Restaurant Group and GFG Management LLC (Great American Cookies, Marble Slab Creamery, Pretzelmaker, Hot Dog On A Stick, and Round Table Pizza). Tim has a strong record of store growth for franchise concepts developed through uniting and motivating teams, driving franchisee satisfaction, and focusing on strategic development opportunities that build the brand for long-term, sustainable growth.

Steve Patel

Vice President, Information Technology

Steve joined the Huddle House team in 2019 to bring a new level of information security and strategic thought leadership to the Company. His restaurant IT career began in 2002 with Wendy’s International where he focused on technology processes and solution implementations at both the Corporate and operating restaurant levels. After 9 years, he joined Church’s Chicken to lead the IT department. Over the years Steve managed the PCI-DSS compliancy program for the Corporate-owned restaurants and co-developed the strategy for e-Commerce and Marketing/Digital Technology.

Marilyn Leister

Director, Human Resources

Marilyn, who has been in the restaurant industry since 2005, joined Huddle House in 2018. She has maintained her HR certifications since 2009, while gaining recognition for developing and implementing strategies and programs to support the strategic and tactical business objectives of the organization. Previously, Marilyn transformed and elevated the HR function across employee communications, policy development, training, on-boarding, and benefits administration for the largest singly-owned Domino’s franchise Team Cowabunga consisting of more than 2500 employees.