Swig, Condado Tacos Make C-Suite Appointments

Plus, the private equity firm Hargett Hunter makes a key hire for a new venture.

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Daniel Batty is among those taking on a new role in the industry.

Leaders hailing from Dutch Bros Coffee, Portillo’s and Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux are moving on, taking on fresh C-suite roles with three respective growth-geared brands.

Here are the details:

• Daniel Batty: At the St. George, Utah-based dirty soda brand Swig, Batty joins an expanded c-suite as its chief development officer. Batty has over 20 years of experience in the QSR segment, including five years as the vice president of design and construction at Dutch Bros Coffee. At Dutch Bros, he oversaw development growth of 29 new stores in 2018 to 180 new stores in 2024. He also has worked for McDonald’s, CKE Restaurants and Dunkin Brands, leading strategies for development, franchise growth, operations management, vendor partnerships, business acceleration and team leadership, notes a release. Swig has 81 locations across seven states, plus over 500 franchise units signed across the U.S. and Canada and hundreds of corporate stores planned.

• Derrick Pratt: Effective July 1, Pratt will become the CEO of the 50-unit chain Condado Tacos. Pratt, who boasts nearly 40 years of industry experience, says he is excited to join the brand as it focuses on strategic expansion, operational processes and people development. “Condado Tacos has doubled over the last three years to 50 locations across 10 states and 18 markets to date, and we are thrilled to have Derrick lead the company through its next phase of growth,” says John G. Troiano, chairman of the brand’s board. Pratt hails from Portillo’s, where he was the chief operating officer since 2021, overseeing operations, real estate development, marketing and supply chain management. Before Portillo’s, Pratt worked in operations-focused roles at Starbucks and, preceding that, he spent 22 years in various VP-level positions within the McDonald’s organization, where he also was a franchise owner/operator.

Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor

• Scott Taylor: Hargett Hunter, a private equity firm focused on hospitality, has appointed Taylor as the CEO of Cherry Bounce Hospitality, its newly created full-service restaurant platform. In this role, he will oversee full-service brands Trudy’s Authentic Tex-Mex, Cajun Steamer Bar & Grill and Live.Eat.Surf Restaurants as he builds out the platform. Taylor joins from Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux, where he most recently served as CEO. He also has experience from C-level roles at Beef ‘O’Brady’s and the University of Florida.

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