Meet Our

Huddle House Team

The Brains Behind Our Successful Southern Restaurant Franchise

The mantra of the Huddle House support team is “What can I do today to serve the needs of my Franchise Partners?’ Our service-minded franchise leadership team is led by a tight-knit group of highly experienced food service veterans. Michael Abt came to Huddle House as CEO in 2012 with a lot of experience under his belt on both the franchisee and franchisor sides of things and he has set the tone ever since. His franchisee-first philosophy has made an impression.

Abt, who was named one of Nation’s Restaurant News’ most influential leaders in foodservice in 2016, believes the franchisor-franchisee relationship is key to building and growing a successful company.

“Our success is dependent upon every individual franchise partner, so how we serve them and support them is vital,” Abt says. “You can’t identify your key opportunities as a brand unless you understand what your franchise partners need to succeed.”

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    Michael Abt
    Michael Abt
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    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 1,000 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”, and his organization is centered on providing outstanding franchise partner support to consistently deliver a memorable experience for Huddle House guests and boost profitability.

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    Tom Cossuto
    Tom Cossuto
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    Tom Cossuto Chief Financial Officer

    Tom joined Huddle House in 2005 and 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.

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    Alison Glenn Delaney
    Alison Glenn Delaney
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    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.

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    Christina Chambers
    Christina Chambers
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    Christina Chambers Senior VP of Franchise Development

    Christina came on board in 2015 and serves as Senior Vice President of Development. She began her career in franchise development more than 18 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, she brings a unique perspective and level of understanding to new and existing franchisees.

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    Troy Tracy
    Troy Tracy
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    Troy Tracy VP of Operations

    Troy joined Huddle House in 2013 with more than 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. He oversees systemwide corporate and franchise field operations.

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    Melissa Rothring
    Melissa Rothring
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    Melissa Rothring EVP & 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. She 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 included Blimpie, Pinkberry, and Cold Stone Creamery.

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    Nathan Ballard
    Nathan Ballard
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    Nathan Ballard SVP of Distribution

    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, he served in Transportation Management roles at industry leaders A&P Supermarkets and GAF Materials Corp.

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