Oklahoma City / OK. (sc) Sonic Corporation, the United States´ largest (burger) chain of drive-in restaurants, announced the hiring of Steve Bailey and Craig Sherwood as senior directors of franchise sales. Bailey and Sherwood will work with the existing franchise sales team to further accelerate the expansion momentum of the Sonic brand, bringing business opportunities to existing and new markets nationwide. Following early 2014 announcements of significant development agreements on both the West and East Coasts, this is another step toward a more widespread footprint for the well-known brand. «Our growth targets are ambitious, but we are building our franchise sales team with the right people to help us meet demand as we push boundaries and make waves in the next few years», said Bob Franke, senior vice president of franchise sales and international development for Sonic. «Though we are a national brand with over 3’500 drive-in locations, there are still significant franchise opportunities, particularly in the northern and coastal states. Steve, Craig and the entire development team are focused on making Sonic accessible to fans throughout the country, offering a differentiated franchise concept to serious partners in markets large and small».