The Beef Jerky Outlet Franchise family is pleased to extend an enthusiastic welcome to Kathy Raines, our new COO. Kathy has been transitioning from her consultant work with us into the full time COO role. Kathy’s resume is quite impressive, literally working her way up the ladder in 32 years at Macy’s. Her many different titles and roles at Macy’s encompassed everything from Sales Manager, Shoe Buyer, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Senior Manager Store Planning and Construction and SE VP Regional Planning. Although Kathy enjoyed every role at Macy’s, her time in Miami was especially fulfilling because it was the ultimate mix of good people, great business and fantastic leadership. Suffice it to say that promotions and new challenges were a nearly annual event for Kathy at Macy’s. Desiring less travel, Kathy transitioned to Carter’s / OshKosh, which was headquartered out of her hometown of Atlanta. She met the new challenge by executing a new side-by- side store front, fueling an exponential increase in retail store presence in a two-year period. It has been our good fortune to have been introduced to her at a time when she was ready for yet another challenge. Kathy met her husband Mark while they both worked for Allen Hugo at the Richway Department stores. Allen Hugo, a top Franchise Team associate for Beef Jerky Outlet, recommended Kathy to franchise management. Kathy and Mark have three grown daughters Heather Hollar (Josh), Tara Proctor (Lee) and Alexis Raines. They welcomed their first grandson Isaac last August and spend as much time as possible spoiling him! Kathy’s background and experience will serve us well as we go through our rapid transition from start-up to a mature, structured franchise company. Her imprint has already rippled through the corporate side of the business as we restructure internally to become a more nimble, responsive franchisor. The entire franchise operation will soon feel the benefits her new initiatives and organization plans.