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Del Taco Signs Franchise Deal with Former NFL Player Donnell Thompson
Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. announced a recently signed development agreement with franchise industry veteran and former NFL player Donnell Thompson. The agreement will bring five new locations to the east Atlanta region, further building upon the brand’s recently announced Southeast expansion plans, and existing Georgia restaurants.
Following an 11-year career as an NFL player, Thompson found great success as a multi-unit franchise owner of national brands including McDonald’s, Choice Hotels, Zaxby’s and Denny’s. Operating under DT Group Inc., and along with his wife Deborah, Thompson will expand the Del Taco brand throughout his hometown of Atlanta with openings slated to begin in 2018.
“With over 30 years in the franchising industry, we know how to spot a winning brand when we see one,” says Thompson. “One of the key points for us was that Del Taco, unlike other quick service restaurants, actually prepares food fresh in its working kitchens. No other [quick-service restaurant] in Atlanta offers this high level of freshness and quality with the value and speed of a drive-thru concept. It’s our goal to make Del Taco a household name in the region.”
With a focus on the southeastern and western regions of the United States, Del Taco is building a stronger national presence by entering new territories while infilling existing markets. Demonstrated by 13 consecutive quarters of systemwide same store sales increases, Del Taco is a brand on the rise and presents enormous growth potential for experienced multi-unit operators looking to diversify their portfolios.
“Donnell Thompson is a natural born leader and we’re honored to partner with such an inspiring and well-known individual in the Atlanta community,” says Laura Tanaka, director of franchising. “Del Taco’s proven business model paired with the industry know-how of a seasoned pro like Donnell is a winning combination, and we’re confident his locations will thrive in Atlanta."
With more than 550 locations across 15 states, the company offers plenty of room for franchisees to grow in both existing and untapped markets.

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Greg Boyd, Mike Cimbura (ALS guest), William Harris, Jason Kaiser, Ebenezer Ekuban, Kevin Clark, Dale Hackbart, and Wade Manning

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Marv Montgomery, Claudie Minor, Dr. Steven Wilk (Sleep Apnea Specialist), Edwin Smith, Estes Banks, Joel Crisman, Emery Morehead, Larry Evans, Don Horn, Gery Palmer, Mike Rengel, Ken Lanier, Scot Osborne, Seth Olson, and Doug Nienhuis
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Lamonte Coleman, Duane Starks, Don Silvestri, James McNight, Sam Madison, Eric Robinson, Sean Hill, Daryl Porter

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Dwayne White, Reggie Givens, Larry Robinson, Jaiquawn Jarrett, Roy Barker, Glenn Holt, Cornelius Bennett, Lorenzo White, Ray Crittenden, Marq Cerqua, Dave O'Brien, Shawn Wooden
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Employment Opportunity
Executive Director
Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT)

Client Overview
The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT) has retained Sterling Martin Associates to search for TAGT’s next Executive Director.
Chartered in 1978, TAGT connects and empowers educators and parents to meet the unique needs of gifted and talented students from every cultural background in Texas. TAGT provides more than 3,000 members – primarily educators and parents – a forum for exchanging ideas and information about the education of gifted and talented students. TAGT is a 501(c)(3) primarily individual membership association that meets its mission through awareness, advocacy, and action.
Located in Austin, TX, TAGT is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors, comprised of individuals who work with gifted and talented students, primarily in an educational role – classroom teachers or district/campus-level administrators. TAGT’s professional staff consists of six full-time and five contracted employees. The current annual operating budget is in the $1.17M range.
Executive Director
Broadly defined, the Executive Director (ED) provides leadership and direction for all TAGT activities, including but not limited to setting and guiding the vision and mission; long short-range strategic planning and implementation; promoting strong leadership among all constituents by serving TAGT’s membership and serving as primary liaison among the membership, the Board of Directors, and the TAGT staff. The ED also exercises financial oversight and fiduciary responsibility for the organization; ensures the long-term success of the organization by minimizing risks related to legal, regulatory, and other liabilities; develops organizational policies, procedures, programs, compensation plans, benefits; and handles other broad organizational initiatives.

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10 Online Classes in 10 Different Fields to Help You Figure Out Your Career Path

Whether you’re changing careers completely or just getting started, you probably have only a vague idea of how various industries operate (and often that image comes from a TV show or movie). For example, maybe you think every media job is exactly like the roles embodied by the journalists in the movie Spotlight. Or, you believe that engineering jobs are a close replica of the ones portrayed in HBO's Silicon Valley.

If you want to get a glimpse at your potential career path, you might want to swap Hulu for online classes.

To help you find the right niche, we’ve compiled 10 cheap (or free!) introduction courses for 10 different industries. One’s bound to catch your eye (and maybe even boost your resume) along the way.

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This Condition Causes the Most Illnesses Worldwide

And these 7 signs can show you have it
BY ALISA HRUSTIC April 7, 2017

When you picture a crippling illness, your mind may jump to cancerheart disease, or even Alzheimer's. But as it turns out, the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide is a condition that still continues to lurk under the radar.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 300 million people suffer from depression, a number that has risen by 18 percent between 2005 and 2015. What’s more, nearly half of those people don’t get treatment, largely due to the stigma surrounding mental illnesses.

Another reason? Many times, the telltale signs of depression are overlooked—and if you aren’t diagnosed, you can’t get treated.

That’s especially tricky for men, because they tend to show symptoms that aren't typically what you would associate with depression, says John Greden, M.D., executive director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center.

And that’s a problem, since receiving proper treatment is vital: Without it, depression can disable your ability to live a normal, healthy life—you may lose your job, ruin your marriage, or develop unhealthy habits like excessive drinking or smoking that can end up being fatal.

So as a testament to the WHO’s efforts in bringing awareness to depression on World Health Day, we’ve rounded up some of the most telling symptoms of depression in men. If you find yourself nodding along with them, make an appointment with your doctor. It might just be a lifesaver.

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