Fox CEO of Firehouse of America, LLC
Musician, artist, and firefighter for life, Chris has always exerted his creative influence, from childhood in the family’s retail TV business to today in Firehouse Subs. His passion for aesthetics sets him apart, his right brain vision guiding every aspect of the Firehouse Subs customer experience. Chris is right on in his conviction that just like our unrivaled taste – lighting, sounds, visuals, and textures all contribute to the overall flavor. His creative prowess bleeds through the culture, customer experience, growth of the company, and the non-profit he founded with his brother Robin -- Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
Besides music, art, and his family, Chris loves diving into science, paleontology, history, architecture, gardening, cooking, movie quoting, and of course, maintaining his sarcastic reputation. When not at Firehouse, he can be found oceanside or jamming in his recording studio.
Favorite Sub: Hook & Ladder®
Just like our subs, Robin is “fully involved.” He’s the chief negotiator, ambassador, and the fire behind Firehouse Subs. At the heart of every business decision (especially those involving food) you’ll find Robin. A natural, one-of-a-kind leader; when he speaks, people listen. As tough as he is in the boardroom, his heart is made of gold – particularly when it comes to Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. For someone who's been cooking up food AND business ideas since he was a teenager, it’s no surprise that he turned his dream into a reality. Robin was inducted into the Restaurateur Hall of Fame in 2011 by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association.
First and foremost, Robin loves adventure and traveling with his family. Next on his list is entertaining and barbecuing – hence the menu’s Smokehouse Beef & Cheddar Brisket sub. Get to know him and you’ll learn he loves to give to others, crack jokes, and, like his brother Chris, quote movies and dish out extra servings of sarcasm.
Favorite Sub: Smokehouse Beef & Cheddar Brisket™
Credit Stephen Joost for Firehouse Subs’ financial well-being. You can trace the company’s financial discipline back to a chance ’94 conversation between Stephen and the Sorensen brothers. Stephen was quite impressed with what the Sorensens were up to; he took a chance and joined their team, without pay, teaching them to balance the company checkbook along the way. In recent years, Stephen oversaw the budget for his community as a member (and former president) of the City Council in Jacksonville, FL. His role in the company is partner, board member and adviser.
An avid golfer, devoted family man, and dedicated community servant, Stephen set out to make his mark in business and community service, and has excelled at both.
Favorite Sub: New York Steamer®
Don Fox is Chief Executive Officer of Firehouse of America, LLC, in which he leads the strategic growth of Firehouse Subs, one of America’s leading fast casual restaurant brands. Under his leadership, the brand has grown to more than 1,170 restaurants and non-traditional locations in 45 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, and is recognized as one of the best franchises in the country. Don sits on various boards of influence in the restaurant community, and is a respected speaker, commentator and published author. He was recognized by Nation’s Restaurant News as 2011’s Operator of the Year. In 2013, he received the prestigious Silver Plate Award from the International Food Manufacturers Association (IFMA), and was recognized by FastCasual.com as the No.1 Executive in the fast casual restaurant community. Also in 2013, Don received the National Restaurant Association's Advocacy Leadership Award. Don is the 2017 chairman of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and is a member of the National Restaurant Association Board of Directors.
Passionate about traveling to baseball games with his family, Don is also a trumpeter, historian, and the published author of Patton’s Vanguard, a book about the United States Army Fourth Armored Division.
Connect with Don on Twitter at @DonMFox.
Favorite Sub: Turkey Bacon Ranch™
Vincent Burchianti, Chief Financial Officer, Firehouse of America, LLC (FOA), protects the core financial model for Firehouse Subs, a debt-free company which grossed $722 million in 2017. There were 33 restaurants in the system when he joined the company 17 years ago as Corporate Controller. Since that time, FOA has grown significantly along with Burchianti's leadership as the brand surpassed 1,100 restaurants in 2017. Vince served as Vice President of Finance and Technology for four years before being promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2011. Burchianti's focus is on financial wellness and growth, ensuring Firehouse Subs restaurant owners maximize their return on investment. He also supervises several key franchising divisions, Information Technology, reporting/analytics and the supply chain services department. His hands-on approach safeguards execution of a global franchise development strategy, the digital and technological needs for the company, as well as, the procurement of $260 million in groceries and equipment.
A fanatic about food and the restaurant biz, Vince loves family time over a hearty meal, as well as attending his kids’ sporting events.
Favorite Sub: With a name like Burchianti, it’s gotta be the Italian™