CARLSBAD Calif. Fredrica Thode, president and chief executive of the 100-unit-plus Hot Dog on a Stick quick-service chain, based here, died on Jan. 13 after a long battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, company officials announced Friday. She was 64. Dan Smith, formerly chief operating officer, has been appointed Thode’s successor as president. Smith joined the chain in 2000 as a franchise compliance manager, becoming director of ...

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