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IHOP Vet Bob Leonard Dead at 65

Bob Leonard, who spent most of his working life with IHOP, has died at age 65. He started at IHOP corporate, where he rose to become VP of operations, then moved on to FMS Management Systems, IHOP's largest franchisee, in 1981. He remained with FMS until they were sold in 2007.

Bob was IHOP Franchisee of the Year in 1999. He was the chairman of the Board of Advisors, IHOP's franchisee advisory committee, from its formation 24 years ago and also served on committees with oversight of national marketing, procurement and new products. He was named as one of the most influential people in the Florida hospitality industry in 2005..Prior to retiring in June 2008, he was president and COO at Sunshine Restaurant Partners LLC, successor to FMS, which operated or sub-franchised over 145 IHOP restaurants in Florida and southern Georgia. Although  "retired," Bob served as an executive advisor to Argonne Capital Group, a private equity firm affiliated with Sunshine.

Said Julia Stewart, chairman and chief executive of DineEquity, parent to IHOP,

Because of Bob Leonard, IHOP is a better company. Because of Bob Leonard, I am a better person and more successful business leader. For those reasons, and so many others, Bob will always be remembered; and this company and I will always be grateful. — NRN

Sources:  NRN   Argonne   Reuters

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