Meet the Franchising Team


Carl T. Howard

President and CEO

Carl T. Howard was recruited by Sun Capital Partners to be the President and CEO of Fazoli’s Restaurants, Inc. in June 2008. Carl has diligently worked to rebrand and revitalize the Fazoli’s “Fast Fresh Italian” concept. Since joining Fazoli’s every sales and EBITDA record has been posted and the brand is once again growing new units.

Fazoli’s President and CEO Carl Howard was named the No. 1 restaurant executive on the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers list, compiled by the editors of leading website and other restaurant industry luminaries. Howard was acknowledged for his contribution to the evolution and health of the fast casual dining segment. In 2013 Carl was named the Gold Stevie Award Winner and the 2013 Food and Beverage Executive of the Year by the American Business Association. In that same year, Carl was also recognized as the second most influential industry CEO by and under his leadership, Fazoli’s was named the 2013 Brand of the Year, earning the number one spot on their annual Fast Casual “Top 50 Movers and Shakers” list. Fazoli’s was also awarded the 2013 Dr. Lee Todd Jr. Award for Workplace Research and Practice by the University of Kentucky. In October of 2012, Carl was presented with the Feed the Children Community Excellence Award and he continues to remain actively involved with the Feed the Children organization.


Doug Bostick

Vice President of Franchise Services

Doug Bostick assumed his current position in September of 2015. Before that, he was Vice President of Franchise Operations from May 2014 to September 2015 and Director of Franchise Operations from November 2012 to May 2014. From October 2005 to March 2012, he was a Regional Franchise Business Consultant and he joined our company as an Area Supervisor in October 2000. Doug is based in Springfield, OH.


Sam Nelson

Vice President of Franchise Recruitment & Development

Sam Nelson joined our company in 1994 as our first Franchise Business Consultant. From 1995-1997 he was Director of Franchise Operations, then Group Chairman of Franchise Operations in 1997 & 1998. From 1998 to 2006 he was Vice President of Franchise Operations, and he assumed his current position in November 2006.


Steve Bailey

Senior Director of Franchise Sales

Steve Bailey joined our company in January of 2016. Prior to joining Fazoli’s, he was the Senior Director of Franchise Development with Sonic Drive-In Restaurants from 2013 to 2016. Before that he was the Director of Franchise Development with Einstein Bros. Bagels from 2008 to 2013. He held this same position with Checker’s Drive-In Restaurants from 2005 to 2008. Steve is based in Fishers, IN.


Perry Pelton

Director of Real Estate

Perry Pelton joined our company in October of 2014. He was previously employed by McDonald’s Corporation as Region Real Estate Manager for 27 years from 1987 to 2014, covering the Southeast and portions of the Midwest United States. Prior to that time, he handled real estate development for small developers in central Texas. Perry is based in Shawnee, KS.