Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa Appoints Franchise Industry veteran, Todd Leff as new President and CEO

Toms River, NJ (PRWEB) July 12, 2009 — Hand and Stone Franchise Corp., the franchisor of premier massage and facial day spas, announced today that it had appointed franchise industry veteran, Todd Leff, as the Company’s new President and CEO. Founder and COO, John Marco, noted, “Todd Leff joining our team is an affirmation of the strength of our business concept and will take this brand to the next level.”

Leff, with over 20 years experience in building franchise companies and brands was most recently the president and CEO of AAMCO Transmissions and Cottman Transmission who had combined sales of almost $600 million in 2008. Since 2006, Leff has supervised all operations and management of the 1,100 franchised stores operating under both brands and was instrumental in bringing Cottman and AAMCO under common ownership in 2006. From 1990 through 2006, Leff grew Cottman Transmission from a small regional chain of 120 stores to national powerhouse with 400 stores.

“In looking for a new franchise system to invest in and grow, I wanted a concept that focused on the highest end customer experience, delivered value to consumers, and offered franchisees an ability to achieve a tremendous return — in Hand and Stone I have found such a business,” Leff said. Along with being appointed President and CEO, Leff will serve on the Board and has made an investment in the company. Leff noted, “We are looking to grow Hand and Stone into the highest quality brand in the industry and we have some key differentiators that create a better experience for the consumer than found at our competition.”

About Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa
Hand and Stone, based in Toms River, NJ, is a chain of day spas offering high quality, convenient and affordable spa services under one roof. Featuring prices that are almost 30% less than traditional spas, Hand and Stone’s professional atmosphere, walk-in convenience and affordability have fueled the opening of 30 franchised spas in just the past two years. Hand and Stone is expected to open operations in Canada in August 2009. For more information please visit http://www.handandstone.com