Franchisor Executive Bios
Sarosh Mistry, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Sarosh Mistry became CEO of CK Franchising, Inc., the franchisor of Comfort Keepers®, in December 2012 following his role in strategic business development at Sodexo North America. A people-focused leader, Sarosh has enjoyed an illustrious career as a senior executive in international business as evidenced by his time with multiple international organizations and in a variety of industries, including healthcare, financial services, and hospitality services.
Prior to joining Sodexo, Sarosh was CEO of EUREST, the U.S. division of Compass Group providing services in the corporate environment, and previously was Vice President of Retail Sales for Starbucks. Leading up to his tenure at Starbucks, Sarosh held the responsible role of President of Aramark Healthcare Support Services. During his early career, he also held numerous positions with Pepsi/Yum! Restaurants.
Sarosh obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from St John’s University and his Master of Business Administration from the University of California.
Proficient in three languages, Sarosh is an avid runner who enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family.
Mary Bowman, Executive Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Mary Bowman joined CK Franchising, Inc. in January of 2005. Mary's professional expertise lies in brand positioning, communication strategy development, media planning, and creative design and implementation. Her professional roots are in retailing in a variety industries including optical, home improvement, and most recently with FACS Group, a division of Federated Department stores.
Mary graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas in San Antonio with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and advertising. A voracious reader and collector of antiques, Mary and her husband enjoy scouring auctions and estate sales, gardening, and spending time with their children and their families.
David Simic, Vice President, Business Development
David Simic joined CK Franchising, Inc. in May 2008. David has held a variety of healthcare sales and marketing positions. He has built and mentored sales teams and successfully sold large national account agreements to a variety of healthcare organizations and Fortune 1000 corporations. Prior to joining CKFI, David served as regional vice president of Byram Healthcare, Inc., a provider of disposable medical supplies. He was previously the general manager of Amoena, a prosthetics manufacturer.
David earned a Master of Business Administration at the University at Buffalo.
He enjoys music, reading, and fitness training.
Lisa Ripley, Vice President, Strategic Relations
Lisa Ripley joined CK Franchising, Inc.(CKFI) in August 2003. Lisa has extensive management experience with home healthcare companies, including Medicare-certified, private duty, and medical staffing services. Before beginning with CKFI, Lisa functioned as Corporate Director of Operations for Nurses Calling, Inc. Her previous positions in the healthcare industry include serving as the Vice President of Operations for IHS Home Care and the Vice President of Operations for Partners Home Health. Prior to moving into the home care industry, Lisa taught and administered programs for special needs children and adults.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in education from The Ohio State University.
She has volunteered for many organizations, including The United Way and Special Olympics, that support independence for individuals of all ages. Lisa and her husband are enthusiastic sailors and travelers and are devoted to spending time with their family.
Robert Johnson, Vice President, Human Resources
Robert has held diverse, progressive human resources experience in a variety of senior-level positions across a wide range of industries, including healthcare, management services, food and beverage and financial services, with such prestigious organizations as McKinsey, Aramark, WellPoint, and Liberty Mutual.
Robert graduated from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and holds a Master of Business Administration from Emory University, both in Atlanta, GA. Additionally, Robert received a Human Resources Executive Certificate from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, and holds a Global Professional Human Resources (GPHR®) certification.
When not working, Robert volunteers for Open Hand, an organization that helps people prevent or manage chronic illness through better nutrition choices. He spends his free time cooking, collecting wine and keeping up with Formula 1 racing.
Jim Brown, Vice President, Franchise Development
Jim joined CK Franchising, Inc. in June 2006 after a long career in franchising with MotoPhoto, where he began as a single-unit owner-operator and quickly became a multi-unit owner-operator growing to four locations. He received numerous awards during his time as a franchise operator, including Franchisee of the Year. Drawing on his earlier career with Wrangler Jeans in Sales and Sales management, he became an area developer responsible for franchise sales and support and eventually became MotoPhoto’s Vice President of Franchise Development.
Jim obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in management and marketing from the University of Oklahoma and holds Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) professional designation from the International Franchise Association.
In his free time, he enjoys flying and boating.
James Derry, Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel
James joined CK Franchising, Inc. in 2014 following his role at The Nielsen Company overseeing all legal matters for Nielsen Audio, Inc. (f/k/a Arbitron, Inc.) and Nielsen Scarborough, and serving on their senior leadership teams. At Arbitron, James was an Associate General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Officer. Earlier, James worked for a Global Fortune 50 consumer products company, Global Fortune 500 software company, and an AmLaw 100 Law firm. James is a registered U.S. patent attorney; holds Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) certifications for the U.S., European Union, and Canada; a Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT); and a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM).
James obtained a Bachelor of Science in Physiology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and was on their 1995 Homecoming Court. He obtained his Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law where he served as a Law Review Article and Notes Editor.
James serves on Asian Americans Advancing Justice’s national advisory council, is a Board member of Volunteer Fairfax, and is a Board member and past-president of DC-Asian Pacific American Film, Inc., which hosts an annual film festival in Washington, D.C. He also works extensively with disadvantaged minorities, women, and youth in the fields of law, fashion, media, and entertainment.
Dan Dobbs, Vice President, Information Systems
Dan Dobbs joined CK Franchising, Inc. in September 2010. He has over 25 years of business administration experience in the areas of information technology, engineering, and marketing. For 18 years Dan served in increasing managerial responsibilities at a division of General Motors Corporation in Anderson, Indiana. He also served as Director of Information Systems at an Indiana healthcare association, where he led the development of a nationwide performance benchmarking system providing finance, operations, and clinical dashboards and business intelligence analyses to over 100 community health centers. He is a frequent subject matter expert and speaker for organizations such as the National Association of Community Health Center and the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dan holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology from Purdue University. In his free time, he enjoys long distance motorcycle touring, fitness, and spending quality time with his two children.
Carl McManus, Vice President, Franchise Network
Carl McManus joined CK Franchising, Inc. in January 2014. Carl began his career in public accounting in New York with Arthur Andersen and Co. as a certified public accountant. He also worked as a management consultant with Deloitte in Los Angeles. His experience includes several years with YUM! Brands in operations and franchising, and he was a director in Acquisitions and Divestitures during Taco Bell's re-franchising process, transforming the network into a franchise business model. He also worked for Gateway as a Director for Retail Strategy and focused on growing the business-to-business market through their Country stores.
He has spent the last several years working with private equity, focusing on company operations, franchise development, and strategy. Carl earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a master of business administration from the Harvard Business School. He enjoys playing basketball and the great outdoors.
Patrick Billiter, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Patrick Billiter became CFO of CK Franchising, Inc. in 2014 following his role leading the global finance team at Experian Consumer Services. Prior to Experian, Patrick was the director of finance, planning, and accounting for Aramark Healthcare. During his early career, he also held leadership positions within finance at Fidelity, Gateway and Pepsi/Yum! Brand Restaurants.
Patrick obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from University of California, Riverside; Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University; and doctorate in Organizational Behavior and Leadership from Pepperdine University.
Patrick coaches his children’s soccer teams and enjoys spending quality time with his family.