Leadership

  • Mike Hislop

    Mike Hislop

    Chief Executive Officer

    Mike Hislop joined Corner Bakery Cafe as the chief executive officer in February 2006. Armed with an experienced management team and a growth strategy unparalleled within the industry, Mike has since transformed the brand from a company-owned and operated neighborhood gathering spot to a franchised industry leader that holds one of the highest average annual sales volumes of any national fast casual brand.

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  • Gary Price

    Gary Price

    President

    Gary Price, a dynamic restaurant executive with over 20 years of fast-track leadership experience, joined Corner Bakery Cafe as president in October 2012. Under Gary’s leadership, Corner Bakery Cafe will continue its fast-paced growth track, with plans to double its footprint in the U.S. over the next four years through a combination of franchised and company-owned cafes.

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  • Diana Hovey

    Diana Hovey

    Chief Marketing Officer

    At Corner Bakery Cafe, Diana is committed to getting into the hearts and minds of the consumer. Diana joined the leadership team at Corner Bakery Cafe in 2006, taking an active role in shaping brand strategy for what she describes as the “ultimate neighborhood gathering spot.” Diana is passionate about the importance of truly connecting with guests and giving back to the community. And it’s evident by Diana’s intuitive connection with customers that translating consumer needs has been the focus of her career from the beginning.

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  • Richard Peabody

    Richard Peabody

    Chief Financial Officer

    Richard Peabody came into the restaurant business by accident – sort of. After spending a few years in the public accounting world, he saw an opportunity to be a part of an industry that was growing, had a strong focus on franchising, and satisfied his sense of service. Over the years Richard has built a solid foundation of experience in the restaurant industry and franchising – skills that attracted Corner Bakery Cafe to hire him.

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  • Blake Bernet

    Blake Bernet

    General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Development

    Blake Bernet is not your typical lawyer. There are few members of the bar association who select restaurant sites, design and build cafes, celebrate the grand openings of new locations with their teams, and liven up the corporate office by playing happy birthday on their ukulele (when the appropriate situation arises, of course). However, as general counsel and senior vice president of development for Corner Bakery Cafe, Bernet does all of the above and more.

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  • Denise K. Clemens

    Denise K. Clemens

    Senior Vice President, Human Resources

    Seek out most vice presidents of award-winning, multi-million dollar companies and you’ll find them behind closed doors, locked in meetings or glued to their computer screens. Look for Denise Clemens, senior vice president of human resources at Corner Bakery Cafe, and you’ll often find her onsite chatting with one of the company’s more than 3,500 team members.

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  • Ric Scicchitano

    Ric Scicchitano

    Senior Vice President, Food & Beverage

    Ric Scicchitano holds the inimitable designation of being the first-ever Corner Bakery employee. Scicchitano graduated from New York’s Culinary Institute of America (CIA) where he obtained a dual degree in culinary in 1989 and baking in 1991. Upon graduation, he immediately went to work for restaurateur Richard Melman’s newest concepts: Maggiano’s Little Italy and Corner Bakery, where he helped create an updated menu.

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  • Bob Hartmann

    Bob Hartmann

    Vice President, Real Estate and Franchise Development

    Bob Hartmann joined Corner Bakery Cafe in 2006, bringing more than 25 years of real estate experience ranging from valuation, construction, mortgage and sale/leaseback financing and corporate restaurant development.

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  • Paul Hicks

    Paul Hicks

    Vice President, Training and Operation Services

    Paul joined Corner Bakery Cafe in 1998 serving in various field operations roles in Dallas-Fort Worth and Southern California prior to becoming Director of Catering Operations in 2006. He was named Vice President of Operations Services in 2008 and has served as Vice President of Training & Operations Services since 2010. 

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  • Gregg Koffler

    Gregg Koffler

    Vice President, Franchise Sales

    Gregg Koffler joined Corner Bakery Cafe in May of 2012 as Director of Franchise Sales, fostering the brand’s multi-unit national expansion and commitment to partnering with respected franchise leaders and operators in the restaurant industry. Gregg was promoted to Vice President in the summer of 2013 to spearhead overall sales and growth of the franchise division.

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  • John LaBarge

    John LaBarge

    Vice President, Franchise Business

    From his hands-on involvement in sales and development to overseeing franchise operations, John LaBarge has played an integral role in the rapid expansion of Corner Bakery Cafe’s franchise system throughout the U.S. Applying over 25 years of individual and multi-unit restaurant operations experience, John works side-by-side with respected industry leaders, developers and operators as the brand more than doubles its presence in the next four years.

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  • Joe Webb

    Joe Webb

    Vice President, Operations

    Joe Webb has been with Corner Bakery Cafe since 1998, and has served as General Manager, Area Director, and Regional Director before being promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2008.

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  • Jeff Dinard

    Jeff Dinard

    Vice President, Information Technology

    Jeff joined Corner Bakery Cafe in January of 2013 as Vice President of Information Technology, and is charged with defining and executing the strategic vision for the ways in which technology will drive profitability and be a true differentiator for the brand. In the role, Jeff oversees all aspects of technology while ensuring that all directives are scalable, sustainable, supportable, and foster the company’s targeted growth in the franchise space.

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