A 30-year veteran of the restaurant industry, RJ Dourney was named CEO of COSI Corporate in March of 2014. COSI Corporate is a publically traded restaurant company with 130 locations in the United State, Costa Rica and Dubai. COSI's system wide sales were $140M in 2013. Mr. Dourney is also the founder and owner of Hearthstone Associates; the largest Franchisee of COSI, based in Boston, MA. Prior to founding Hearthstone Associates, Mr. Dourney served as COO for Au Bon Pain, overseeing $250 million business both domestically and internationally. He has extensive operations, real estate and organizational experience having grown multiple concepts throughout the United States.

Prior to joining Au Bon Pain he was Regional Vice President of Operations and later Vice President of Franchise Operations and Development for Applebee's International, overseeing $3.1 billion franchise system.

Mr. Dourney serves on a number of for profit and not for profit boards including the Board of Directors for Frisch's Restaurants, Inc, a $200 million public company; Boloco, a privately held Boston based restaurant company; Member of the Finance Committee for the Inner-City Scholarship Foundation of Boston; Catholic Schools Foundation Board of Trustees. Mr.Dourney attended Villanova University where he studied business and economics and is a frequent radio talk show guest and a university-level guest lecturer on subjects including entrepreneurial leadership, restaurant culinary trends, and franchising. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and three daughters.