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Meet the Team

When you invest in a Pinch A Penny retail franchise, you're not only investing in over 40 years of experience and expertise. You're also investing in an executive team who knows how to execute the Pinch A Penny mission. Our team has a strong background in retail franchise operations and are here to make sure that your Pinch A Penny retail franchise is a huge success.

John C. Thomas

President and CEO

John took over the role of President of Pinch A Penny from his father, Fred, in 1994. In 1998, he became CEO of the company. He holds a BS in Business from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from the University of Florida.

James P. Eisch

Executive VP and COO

James joined Pinch A Penny in 1992 as CFO and Executive VP. In 2001, he became COO. He is a CPA and holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Minnesota. Prior to working with Pinch A Penny, James worked for KPMG Peat Marwick as an Audit Senior Manager.

Robert G. Slaughter

Chief Business Development Officer

Robert joined the Pinch A Penny team initially in 1997 as the VP Marketing and Operations. In 2015, he became Chief Business Development Officer to help grow the Pinch A Penny retail franchise system nationally. Previously, Robert worked for specialty retail franchise company, WNS Inc.

Casey Terrell

VP Marketing and Operations

In 2015, Casey joined Pinch A Penny to head up marketing and operations. After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Casey earned his MBA from Florida State University. Previously, he worked in both international and domestic marketing at Bloomin’ Brands and Burger King Corporation. He most recently acted as Director of Marketing for Pall Corp.

Adam S. Heflin

Regional Manager, Franchise Development

In 2003, Adam joined Pinch A Penny as Franchise Development Manager, after seven years of retail experience. He holds an AA in Business and Mathematics from Florida State University.

Mike DelDuca

Resales/Real Estate, Franchise Development

Mike joined Pinch A Penny in 2006 as a Field Support Specialist. In 2014, he was promoted to Real Estate Manager where he manages the real estate needs for franchisees.

Troy Lindbeck

Director of Marketing

Troy joined Pinch A Penny in 2015 as Director of Marketing after spending five years as the Director of Marketing Programs for RaceTrac. He has previous experience in marketing at Dick’s Sporting Goods and the Golf Channel. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s in Business and Marketing.

Brian Adriese

Real Estate Manager

Brian joined Pinch A Penny initially in 2005 as the Real Estate Manager, briefly acting as Director of Real Estate for TMX Finance for a year, before returning to manage Real Estate for Pinch A Penny franchisees.

Kent D. Braden

Operations and Logistics Manager

Kent joined Pinch A Penny early on in 1987. He handles Operations and Logistics for franchises and helps new franchisees navigate new store openings.

Greg Sammel

Field Support Specialist of Concept Education/ Training

Greg came to work at Pinch A Penny as a store clerk in 1985 and grew with the company. In 1998, he became a Field Service Specialist and holds a range of credentials including: APSP certified; APSP Business Leadership; National Swimming Pool Foundation CPO Instructor; and State of Florida Swimming Pool/ Spa Contractors license.

Mitch Brauzer

Field Support Specialist of Concept Education/ Training

Mitch joined Pinch A Penny in 2007 as a Field Support Specialist after working in the pool industry for 18 years. Mitch owned a pool supply store for 10 years and also worked with SCP as a pool product distributor representative. He holds a number of credentials, including the State of Florida Swimming Pool/ Spa Contractors License and the National Swimming Pool Foundation CPO Instructor.

Andrew J. Hawes

Regional Manager, Franchise Development

Mr. Hawes found his passion with franchise development while working at Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. While with Dickey’s he has been recognized as the top salesman consistently for two years. During that time he has overseen the sales and development of 150 restaurants, helping Dickey’s to become the segment leader in franchise development.

Kate Hiles

General Counsel

Kate joined Pinch A Penny in March 2017. Her duties include handling the legal aspects of the franchise operation as well as working with outside counsel on franchise and other corporate matters. Prior to joining Pinch A Penny she was counsel with HSN, Inc. and prior to that she was senior counsel with Kforce, Inc. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and her law degree from Catholic University in Washington D.C.

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