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Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Announces Additions to Senior Management Team

Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. announced the additions of Valerie McCartney as Director of Franchise Development, Western U.S., and Diane Phibbs as Director of Franchise Sales and Support.

Tampa, FL, July 16, 2008 --( Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc., the nation’s largest chain of double drive-thru restaurants and parent company of both Checkers® and Rally’s® concepts, today announced the additions of Valerie McCartney as Director of Franchise Development, Western U.S., and Diane Phibbs as Director of Franchise Sales and Support. Don Miller has assumed the role of Director of Franchise Development, Eastern U.S.

These newly created positions were strategically implemented to provide an organizational structure that allows the Company to better meet its aggressive growth plans and franchising objectives.

Valerie McCartney, Director of Franchise Development, Western U.S., comes to Checkers/Rally’s with nearly 20 years of franchise development and marketing experience in the foodservice and consumer goods industries, including work with Taco Bell®, Pizza Hut®, El Pollo Loco® and Pepsi-Cola®. Most recently, she served as Director of Franchise Sales and Development at Johnny Rockets®.

Diane Phibbs, Director of Franchise Sales and Support, brings 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry to this new position. Previously, Phibbs served as Director of Franchise Sales for Beef ‘O’ Brady’s®. She has also held senior level franchise positions with Arby’s® and Popeyes® Chicken & Biscuits.

“Valerie and Diane bring a wealth of experience to support our organization as we look to aggressively expand the Checkers and Rally’s brands,” said Michael Arrowsmith, Senior Vice President of Development at Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. “Their evolved understanding of the franchising universe and proven track-records of success will be an invaluable asset to our business.”

Based in Tampa, Florida, Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. has more than 820 restaurants and is located in 29 states and the District of Columbia. For more information about franchising opportunities, visit or call (888) 913-9135.

About Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.
Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. ( is the largest double drive-thru restaurant chain in the United States. The Company develops, owns, operates and franchises quick-service Checkers® and Rally's® double drive-thru restaurants. In recent years, Checkers/Rally's has been awarded several of the industry's most coveted recognitions: Best Drive-Thru in America in the QSR Drive-Thru Study for Rally's; Nation's Restaurant News Hot! Again Award for Checkers' sizzling business performance; and the American Business AwardSM for the Best Executive in America.

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