Ford’s Garage, the burgers-and-beer brand fueled by America’s love affair with the automobile, has named restaurant industry expert David Ragosa its Vice President of Franchising and Development. Ragosa will work with the Ford’s Garage team to expand the company into new markets, support existing franchisees’ sales growth and serve as a thought leader on current restaurant trends. 

Ragosa’s noteworthy career positions include Director of Franchising at Inspire Brands, a global multi-brand restaurant company, where he led franchising of the Arby’s and Sonic brands. 

“We’re thrilled to welcome David to the Ford’s Garage family,” said Steve Shlemon, President of Ford’s Garage. “His successful track record in franchise development for national restaurant brands makes him the perfect choice as we expand into new markets across the country.” 

“I’ve loved the ambiance and the food at Ford’s Garage from the first time I went there with my kids, and I’m excited to work with their team, which is best-in-class,” Ragosa said. “I’ve always believed that the franchisees’ success drives our success, and I look forward to helping us all succeed together.” 

Ragosa has a Bachelor of Science from Montclair State University. He lives in Monroe with his wife, Rea, their three children and the family’s dog. He is actively involved in the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey and its Make-A-Wish Castle, which grants wishes for children diagnosed with serious medical conditions; and Jersey Cares, supporting families in need with local food banks.