Category Archives: Executive Chat

Executive Chat featuring Mike Mohammed, CEO and CFO of Chronic Tacos

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Michael Mohammed is the CEO and CFO of Chronic Tacos Enterprises, a fast-casual franchise based out of San Clemente, CA, with 45 locations and growing. After helping finance the Vancouver franchise location in 2010, Michael and his three brothers acquired the company in 2012. Michael has an extensive background in real estate development, finance and…

Executive Chat with Steve Erickson, president of PDQ

Steve Erickson, president of PDQ

Steve Erickson, president of PDQ and the former senior vice president of national operations for Outback Steakhouse, took a few minutes while preparing for the Cary, NC, opening of PDQ’s tenth location to share his perspective on this unique concept and where it is headed. RP: What makes PDQ different and unique? SE: When you…

Executive Chat with Chris Elliott, CEO of Beef ‘O’Brady’s and The Brass Tap

Chris Elliott, CEO of Beef 'O'Brady's and The Brass Tap

Accomplished restaurant executive Chris Elliott became CEO of FSC Franchise Co., LLC, the Tampa-based parent company for Beef ‘O’Brady’s Family Sports Pubs and the emerging concept The Brass Tap, in March of 2010. What are you most proud of in your work with Beef ‘O’Brady’s? Well, probably the thing I am most proud of is…

Q&A with Kevin Bazner, President and CEO of A&W Restaurants Inc.

Kevin Bazner, President and CEO of A&W Restaurants Inc.

A team filled with its strongest promoters – including long-time leading executive Kevin Bazner and long-time adorable mascot Rooty the Great Root Bear, have recently returned to iconic QSR chain A&W to make a splash at the company known for its signature root beer, floats, frozen treats, burgers, and hot dogs. A&W started in 1919…

Paul Mangiamele, CEO of Bennigan’s Franchising Company

Paul Mangiamele

Caution: CEO Paul Mangiamele’s enthusiasm for Bennigan’s is so strong, it’s infectious. By the time you get to this end of this article, you may be “bleeding green” too. Mangiamele joined Bennigan’s Franchising Company in May 2011. The casual-dining company currently has 47 international stores and 35 domestic stores, including two corporate stores. Mangiamele also…

Nick Vojnovic, President of Little Greek

Nick Vojnovic, president of Little Greek

Little Greek is a 10-unit, fast-growing, fast-casual Greek chain specializing in Greek food, based in Tampa. They just opened their tenth store which is their second Dallas location, and the other eight are in the Tampa Bay area. “I think the Mediterranean Greek niche is poised to explode,” said Little Greek’s president, Nick Vojnovic. “In…

Executive Chat Featuring Kevin Miles, President and COO of Zoe’s Kitchen

Kevin Miles, President and COO of Zoe's Kitchen

Kevin Miles joined the fast-casual concept Zoe’s Kitchen in 2009. The West Texas native has over two decades of experience leading operations and expansion in the restaurant business, primarily with La Madeleine during the 1990′s and Baja Fresh during the 2000′s. “I hate to say I’m a pioneer in fast-casual, but I’ve been around it…

Executive Chat featuring Kelvin Chen of Manchu Wok

Chen Kelvin Manchu Wok CEO

Kelvin Chen is the CEO of Chinese QSR company Manchu Wok, based in Toronto, which has 160 restaurants across the US and Canada, located in malls and non-traditional locations. Manchu Wok is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Café De Coral, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Chen was born in Hong Kong, educated…

Executive Chat featuring Le Duff America’s Phil Costner

Costner Phil

Phil Costner joined Le Duff America in 2007 as chief operating officer of La Madeleine Country French Café [another stellar placement by Wray Search], and since late 2011 his responsibilities at Le Duff America have grown to include president and chief operating officer at La Madeleine and Brioche Dorée North America as well as chief…

Executive Chat featuring David Crabtree of Planet Hollywood International and Earl of Sandwich

Robert Earl and David Crabtree

David Crabtree is the energetic, passionate chief executive officer of Planet Hollywood International, overseeing the Planet Hollywood family of brands and the Italian restaurant chain Buca di Beppo, and he doesn’t stop there. He’s also Chairman of the Earl of Sandwich USA company, the operator and franchisor of the fast-casual Earl of Sandwich. These entities…