April 6, 2015 — The Joint Corp. announced that Curtis (Curt) Gray, a seasoned retail executive with a 30-year track record of helping retail organizations improve store operations, develop new concepts, and expand into new markets, has joined the company as senior vice president of operations.
Gray will apply his prodigious experience in improving and expanding retail concepts to help The Joint achieve its aggressive business goals, which includes expanding its brand presence nationally by opening new chiropractic clinics in Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Ohio, California, and New Mexico.
He will also use his expertise to help the company and its franchisees across a variety of areas, including real estate site selection and development, franchise sales promotion, loyalty marketing, and streamlining overall operations. Gray will report to David Orwasher, president and chief operating officer.
“With a proven franchise model in a $12 billion dollar industry, we’re making quality healthcare affordable, approachable, and convenient for patients while simplifying business operations for chiropractors and franchise owners,” Orwasher said. “Curt has vast real estate and store opening experience, having been responsible for the site selection, construction, and merchandising of more than 300 stores in every state in the U.S. and every province in Canada.”
Before taking this new position at The Joint, Gray spent three years as president and chief operating officer of Utah-based Slaymaker Group, which operates a chain of restaurants that includes T.G.I. Friday’s franchises as well as being the corporate parent of Winger’s Roadhouse Grill.
Prior to that position he spent 10 years as owner/principal of Tin Pants Retail Group., an organization that provided temporary chief executive and chief operating officers to retail businesses with turn around, bankruptcy workout, and other highly specialized needs.
Among the companies he helped at the request of private equity firms were Winder Farms, Paper Zone, and San Francisco Music Box Co. He also worked with Stephen Gordon, founder of Restoration Hardware, in developing a retail concept for the Sundance Group.
Gray’s previous experience also includes working with John Richards, the current chief executive officer of The Joint Corp., as executive vice president of Dean & Deluca, where he managed all day-to-day operations of the retail stores and cafes. He successfully spearheaded the Starbucks Internet concept of creating a “third place” online as vice president and integration officer for “Starbucks X.”
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with a proven management team led by John Richards and David Orwasher,” Gray said. “They have created a service-based healthcare delivery model with attractive economics that makes it easy for franchisees to operate multiple clinics.”
Gray earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management/Accounting from the Skaggs Institute of Retail Management at Brigham Young University. He is a director of Recovery Ways Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation aiding in addiction recovery.
Source: The Joint