Meet the Leadership Team
Lennys has a passionate executive team with decades of experience growing franchise systems
Rick Johnson is Chairman and Chief Concept Officer of Lennys Grill & Subs, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Ventures, Inc. With an operational focus on building and achieving long-term value in their companies, Johnson Ventures invests in and grows successful companies, benefiting the people and communities they serve. Johnson Ventures’ companies include Lennys Franchise Systems and Black Jewell Popcorn. Companies previously controlled by Johnson Ventures include Central Restaurant Products, Bigfoot Food Stores, Stone Center of Indiana, Indiana Limestone Company, and Author House.
Rick serves as a board member for the IU Foundation, the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, The Nature Conservancy of Indiana, Columbus Community Education Coalition, The IU Center for Art + Design, Columbus Economic Development Board, IUPUC, and Wild Birds Unlimited Inc. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship/Marketing from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
Kevin Martin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lennys Grill & Subs, has a BS in Accounting, and an MBA in MIS and Entrepreneurship from Indiana University. Obtaining the designation of CPA in 1990, Kevin has spent his entire career successfully growing small and middle market companies. He joined Johnson Ventures in December 2001 as its Chief Financial Officer. He was appointed the president and Chief Executive Officer of Lennys in January 2016 and he is an equity partner in the company. Throughout his career, he has been responsible for developing and implementing successful growth and marketing strategies, profit improvement methodologies, and best practice standards. He has been involved with over 50 acquisitions and overseen their successful integration. He is experienced in the successful implementation of management information systems and performance management systems.
Kevin is an active volunteer in several community-focused charitable organizations. He firmly believes in the importance of servant leadership. Kevin enjoys spending his free time with his wife Patty and their children, Zechariah and Helen. Other interests include running – with 11 marathons completed — reading and golf.
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.
Jennifer Benjamin has served as our Vice President of Franchise and Market Development since June 7, 2017. Jennifer is responsible for the growth and development process of the brand, which includes franchise sales, new market growth, existing franchise sales, and the site selection process. Jennifer has nearly 10 years of franchising experience. She most recently served as Director of Franchise Development for Captain D’s, LLC. She was successful in implementing new lead generation strategies and franchise growth in the Northeast and Mid-Central territories. Prior to joining Captain D’s, she served as Director of Franchise Development for Huddle House, Inc. While at Huddle House, she handled the restaurants’ single and multi-unit franchising efforts across the Southeast as well as all the refranchise and transfer efforts across the entire country. During her tenure, she helped drive new store growth that increased by more than 350%, as well as turned a declining iconic brand around that led to positive net store count for the first time in over a decade.
Hunter Brown (Memphis, TN), has served as our Vice President of Operations since January 2017. He brings over 18 years of experience in the restaurant industry, specifically with franchised brands, which allowed him to develop the passion to bridge franchisee and franchisor operations. Hunter and his hands-on team are laser-focused on a guest-centric, operational culture that drives franchisee success.
Most recently, Hunter held a Director of Operations position with one of the largest Domino’s Pizza franchisees in the country, where he managed a thirty-million-dollar portfolio in annual sales and P&L accountability. Hunter led operational initiatives by developing and implementing processes to achieve one of the lowest food and labor costs in the entire brand.
Prior to Domino’s, Hunter spent 12 years with McAlister’s Deli. He was one of the original team members of the brand and worked with the first McAlister’s franchisee to open over 36 new locations across Mississippi and Tennessee.
John Cameron has served as our Vice President of Operations Services since January 5, 2017. Prior to his current position, he served as our Vice President of Operations since March 2012, and in September 2010 to January 2011, he served as an Area Operations Director. From January 2011 to March 2012, he was Regional Franchise Representative for Dunkin Brands of Canton, Massachusetts. From December 1983 to May 2010, he served in a variety of operations roles at KFC USA of Louisville, Kentucky, ultimately serving as the Director of Operations.