Meet the Leadership Team
Lennys has a passionate executive team with decades of experience growing franchise systems
Charley Shin, Chief Executive Officer of Lennys Grill & Subs, acquired the Lennys brand in November 2019.
As a college student at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Shin tasted his first Philly Cheesesteak, and it sparked his entrepreneurial dream. One year later in 1986, Charley perfected his own recipe for the beloved sandwich and opened his first restaurant near campus.
More than 30 years later, his namesake restaurant concept, Charleys Philly Steaks, is the World’s #1 Philly Cheesesteak brand with over 600 franchised locations in premier retail shopping centers, airports, and on Army & Air Force bases in 47 states and 16 countries. Known for its hot, grilled-fresh-to-order Philly Cheesesteaks, loaded Gourmet Fries and Real Fruit Lemonades, the restaurant franchise is quickly expanding to serve the world’s favorite Cheesesteaks across the globe.
In 2017, the menu expanded to include Boneless and Classic Wings. Select locations across the country offer this extended menu and operate under the name Charleys Philly Steaks and Wings.
A passionate entrepreneur, Shin has launched numerous restaurant concepts, with the newest being a nod to his Korean heritage—BIBIBOP Asian Grill— in 2013. Customers have embraced the restaurant concept built on the principles of providing a balanced happy and healthy lifestyle by using honest, well-balanced ingredients that taste as good as they make you feel. The brand has almost 30 locations nationwide.
Shin also is the founder and CEO of Solar Planet, one of the largest commercial solar power companies in Ohio.
Additionally, Shin founded Charleys Kids in 2010 to share hope with at-risk children worldwide. Charleys Kids partners with like-minded organizations around the world to provide food, education and mentorship.
Elias became President of Lennys Grill & Subs in January 2020. Elias brings a breadth of experience and knowledge with almost 40 years in the restaurant industry and QSR segment. Before joining Lennys, Elias spent six years at Charleys Philly Steaks. In that short amount of time, Elias increased same-stores sales, built a strong team, elevated brand standards, and has implemented many system and process improvements to make restaurant operations more effective for the franchisees. Additionally, Elias and his team set many brand records, including doubling the number of million-dollar stores year-over-year for the past several years. In his role at Charleys, he oversaw many departments, including international operations, training, development, construction, purchasing, and marketing, and was integral in the interdepartmental collaboration to meet (and exceed) yearly objectives. Prior to joining Charleys, he was with Wendy’s for more than 30 years, with his last position leading the Europe and Middle East regions.
Randy Hough joined Lennys Grill & Subs in January 2016 as our Senior Vice President of Operations. In addition to leading all of the store operations, Randy works closely with the Franchise Development team on site selection and the awarding of franchises. Randy came to Lennys with over 28 years of restaurant experience. He has worked for national brands such as Arby’s, Wendy’s, Cracker Barrel and Domino’s. From 2008 to January 2016, Randy served as Domino’s Operations Director for the South East region. He was responsible for 230 franchisees and 1,200 stores producing over a billion dollars in annual revenue. Randy’s direct reports and support staff touched all facets of Domino’s business including sales, operations, store growth, training, people development and financial analysis/support. At Domino’s, Randy played a role in one of the most impressive brand turnarounds in the industry.