SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®, Strengthens Franchise Development Team

  SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®, Strengthens Franchise Development Team

 Bob Franke and Thomas Kessler Bring Decades of Experience to Support SONIC’s
                                    Growth

Business Wire

OKLAHOMA CITY -- May 08, 2013

SONIC (NASDAQ: SONC) today announced the expansion of its franchise
development team with two additions to its management team: Bob Franke, senior
vice president of franchise sales and international development, and Thomas
Kessler, senior director of franchise sales. The move reinforces SONIC’s
commitment to bringing the SONIC experience to new franchisees and consumers
domestically and beyond the U.S. borders.

Bob Franke, senior vice president of franchise sales and international
development for SONIC Drive-I ...

Bob Franke, senior vice president of franchise sales and international
development for SONIC Drive-In. (Photo: Business Wire)

“New SONIC Drive-In development is a key part of our multi-layered growth
strategy,” said Cliff Hudson, chairman and chief executive officer of Sonic
Corp. “With our unit economics, strong brand and highly differentiated
experience, we’re seeing significant development interest from current and new
franchisees. By strengthening the team with seasoned pros like Bob and Thom,
we’re well-positioned to accelerate our growth.”

Transitioning from his current role as senior vice president of franchise
services for SONIC, Bob Franke brings more than 35 years of franchise
experience to his newly created position on the franchise development team,
which includes leadership of all aspects of franchise sales and transactions
for U.S. and international development. Franke’s career in the restaurant
industry began at McDonald’s Corporation, where he worked his way from crew
member to managing director of McDonald’s Europe and Latin America. He
continued his career in senior management positions with companies such as
Mrs. Fields Famous Brands and Epcon Franchising, the largest franchised home
builder in the U.S.

Thomas Kessler joins Sonic Corp. from Cartwright Companies/Global GS3, where
he worked as a global business advisor.Prior to his work with Cartwright
Companies, Kessler served as the vice president of sales for RE/MAX
International, where he led the company in sales for ten years. With more than
20 years of sales experience, Kessler looks forward to bringing the same work
ethic and relationship-building skills to enhance and grow the SONIC brand.

Franke and Kessler will partner with restaurant industry and franchise
veteran, Mike Gallagher, who joined the Sonic Corp. team in April 2012 and
serves as vice president of development and franchising. Together, they lead a
team of people driving a renewed franchising effort at SONIC.

Individuals interested in pursuing a SONIC are encouraged to visit
sonicdrivein.com/franchise for more information.

About SONIC, America’s Drive-In

SONIC®, America's Drive-In®, is the nation's largest chain of drive-in
restaurants with more than 3,500 drive-ins serving approximately 3 million
customers every day. Over the past 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with
signature menu items, more than 1 million drink combinations, friendly service
by iconic Carhops and ongoing support of education through its award-winning
Limeades for Learning® program. SONIC received top honors as America’s “#1
burger quick service restaurant” in the 2013 Temkin Experience Ratings report.
For more information about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC) and its subsidiaries,
please visit www.sonicdrivein.com. Customers can also connect with SONIC at
facebook.com/sonicdrivein or on Twitter @sonicdrive_in.

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Contact:

for SONIC Drive-In
Madison LaRoche, 512-542-2842
madison.laroche@cohnwolfe.com
 
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