Captain D’s Welcomes Industry Veteran as Vice President of Real Estate
Phil Russo joins development team to lead and oversee strategic growth efforts
Captain D’s, the leading national fast casual seafood restaurant, announced today that Phil Russo has joined the company as vice president of real estate. Russo brings more than a decade of experience working with leading brands to manage strategic growth efforts through market planning and optimization, site reviews and procurement, and development tracking.
In his new role, Russo will spearhead planning and execution of corporate and franchise site selection in an effort to continue Captain D’s accelerated growth.
“An industry trailblazer with a track record of success, Phil brings a wealth of real estate knowledge and expertise to Captain D’s and is poised to make a tremendous impact on the growth of our brand,” said Michael Arrowsmith, chief development officer of Captain D’s. “As we prepare to head into 2016, we plan to focus on both corporate and franchise expansion and are eager to leverage Phil’s experience to catapult Captain D’s development efforts and further position the brand as a leader in the fast casual space.”
Prior to joining Captain D’s, Russo held various roles with FOCUS Brands, most recently serving as vice president of real estate, where he was responsible for overseeing a team of real estate directors and managing the strategic growth for Moe’s Southwest Grill, McAlister’s Deli and Schlotzsky’s Deli.