Ulgenalp joins Friendly's as senior VP
WILBRAHAM – Friendly's Ice Cream, LLC announced on Nov. 2 that Dave Ulgenalp has joined Friendly's as its senior vice president of Franchise Sales and Development.
Ulgenalp, a native of Tarpon Springs, Fla., has more than 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry as an owner of independent full service restaurants and worked as a consultant for Friendly's for several months prior to accepting his new position. He will be responsible for franchise sales and development as well as design and construction.
Ulgenalp's background includes owning and operating an independent restaurant and as a multi-unit franchisee owner of two national casual restaurant chains. He also held positions similar to his current role at Friendly's at Checkers Drive-In Restaurants and Panera Bread.
"Dave brings experience and vision to his new position, along with a perspective gained from a background in both restaurant ownership and franchise organization management," John Maguire, CEO and president of Friendly's, said. "We're looking forward to working with Dave as he brings that experience to bear on optimizing the business opportunities represented by the Friendly's restaurant system."