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.
Dan Hurdle, Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Dan Hurdle joined CK Franchising, Inc. in February 2014 and has held numerous management positions in foodservice, retail, banking, education consumer services, and management consulting as well as in the military. His most recent position was with Career Education Corporation (CEC) as the Chief Career Schools Officer. Before joining CEC, Dan served as Senior Vice President of Retail and successfully led over 700 franchise and company-operated units at Caribou Coffee. Prior to Caribou Coffee, Dan was the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Washington Mutual Retail. He also held various vice presidential roles during his six years with Starbucks, as well as serving the Starbucks Licensed Stores business, and functioned as the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Washington Mutual Retail. Earlier in his career he worked as a management and strategy consultant with McKinsey and was a U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine Officer.
Dan holds a Master of Science degree in management studies from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Science degree in control systems engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the national nonprofit, Big City Mountaineers, which provides mentoring during wilderness expeditions to at-risk youth and is active in outdoor sports, including mountain climbing, snowboarding, and mountain biking. He also is an enthusiastic student of yoga and has a passion for literature.
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.
Thierry Deleger, Vice President, Finance
Thierry Deleger joined CK Franchising, Inc. in August of 2010 as the Vice President of Finance. Prior to joining CK Franchising, Inc., Thierry worked in financial operations with Sodexo, striving to improve the reporting processes and operations of various Sodexo acquisitions. Over the years he has held numerous global positions with Sodexo, from Chief Accountant for Allied Support to Director of Finance for the Senior Services division. In his early career, he worked as an accounting manager with Carrefour, the second largest global retailer behind Walmart.
Thierry obtained a Master of Science in business management from Université Paris XII and a Master of Science in accounting from INTEC in Paris.
When not working or supporting his children’s activities, he relaxes with a good game of tennis or squash.