KARLIN LINHARDT

Recognized as a premier food service, national chain, and restaurant industry Marketing & Market Analytics expert, Linhardt has worked with the biggest brands on the globe. Early experience included a decade at Anheuser-Busch as a marketing manager, followed by another decade as the Senior Director of Marketing at McDonald's.

From there, a four-year stint as the corporate Executive Vice President of Marketing with Ovation Brands, a privately-held restaurant industry management company, whereby he strategically directed marketing and branding for 533 commercial/retail units, earning $1.5 Billion in sales. Additional notable positions and achievements include Linhardt’s serving as the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Subway-North America, to lead a complete brand transformation for its next 20 years of global growth.

His most recent major corporate position was as the Global Chief Marketing Officer for Papa John’s-International, whereby Linhardt strategically directed a performance turnaround for the world’s third (3rd)-largest pizza restaurant brand, with over $4 Billion in annual revenue – developing and managing all aspects of global marketing, brand management, media and corporate communications, and analytics. For FC Development Corp., Linhardt is tasked with developing and leading the company’s Operational Efficiency & Analytical Performance team for rapid franchise and corporate scale of growth, nationwide.