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Retail Site Selection Strategist & QSR, The Elite Group
Consumate US real estate professional proficient in creation & execution of new store opening programs for established and new emerging brands, from initial site selection to successful new store openings. Creating individualized Corporate and/or Franchise real estate and store expansion strategies, executing new unit opening plans, developing and managing Broker network(s), and skillful analyst of sites and trade areas, with record of success in meeting and exceeding annual development objectives.
Executive Chairman, Colliers International Florida
Founder, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Arnold Companies consortium of private companies including: Colliers International - Florida Markets, L.A. Financial and Clearwater Bay Associates. Collectively these companies provide commercial and investment brokerage, property management, valuation, development, and capital market services.
Managing Director, CapitalSpring
Jim leads CapitalSpring’s Strategic Operations Group, supporting due diligence, portfolio management, and industry knowledge building initiatives. Jim has several decades of management and turnaround experience in the restaurant industry. Prior to joining CapitalSpring, Jim was Founder and President of RMG, a boutique advisory and turnaround firm serving the restaurant sector. Jim has directed numerous turnarounds and has acted as interim CEO or Chief Restructuring Officer for 15 restaurant companies. He began his foodservice career in high school, during which he held multiple management positions for local restaurants in New York. Jim holds a BA from Duke University.
Senior Vice President, Baum Realty Group, LLC
Marcus Cook joined Baum Realty Group in 2016 bringing his expertise in the hospitality markets and his enviable track record to Baum’s tenant representation team, a client forward site selection team that has shaped the retail brokerage industry for twenty-five years. Marcus has represented a wide spectrum of clients by capitalizing on his deep understanding of the service industry. Marcus gained invaluable experience and an incredible business network through his management roll with Chicago-based Gibson’s restaurant group. Marcus has a keen understanding of restaurant and bar operations, and routinely applies that knowledge in the representation of landlords and tenants as well as buyers and sellers of commercial properties.
President, Baum Realty Group, LLC
I manage the day to day operations and strategic growth of Baum Realty Group, LLC (Baum Realty), Baum Realty is one of the Midwest’s premier retail real estate firms, serving the retail community since 1991. We provide comprehensive Tenant Representation, Third-Party Landlord Leasing and Capital Markets advisory services. We also operate a National Real Estate Services division which serves national retailers and franchisors to help them open smarter sites, faster.
Chief Development Officer, Subway
Working in the Franchise industry for over 35 years, Don has participated in Global Development, Strategic Planning, Brand Transformation and Field Performance Management for the Subway brand.
Technology Executive who is changing the world, INRIX
Global mobile, social, local, big data and software executive with over 20 years of successful general management, strategy, sales, marketing, business development and product development leadership.
Real Estate Consultant, LDC Group, LLC
Ray Lauletti is an accomplished real estate development and franchising professional with more than thirty years of proven experience in the production of new restaurant and retail locations throughout the United States. He has created and executed unit expansion strategies for Arby’s, Popeyes, Retro Fitness, Sbarro, Friendly’s, Restaurant Associates, Boston Chicken / Market and Einstein Bros. He is currently pursuing consulting, development and investment opportunities with high growth, multi-unit restaurant and retail concepts.
Freelance Business Writer & Editor, Franchise Times
I have been working as a freelance business writer for 15+ years. I specialize in commercial real estate, although I also cover a variety of business topics. I write articles for national publications such as National Real Estate Investor, Commercial Investment Real Estate and Franchise Times magazines. I also do a variety of business-to-business marketing projects such as white papers, press releases, corporate profiles, and RFPs.
Experienced Entrepreneur, AVIT
Chon T. Nguyen is a highly successful serial entrepreneur focusing on technology systems for business. Mr. Nguyen started his first computer services company, Digital Aspire, from his parents home when he was just 14. Today, Digital Aspire, and Chon's other companies serve clients throughout the U.S.
President, COO & Founder, Restuarant Magic Sowtware
Founder of Restaurant Magic, Steve Roberts has worked with many well known multi-unit restaurants, and is committed to helping restaurant chains make wise business decisions with the tools and guidance Restaurant Magic provides.
VP of Development, CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries Group, Inc.
Aaron is responsible for overseeing the company’s 140 corporate restaurants and two corporate offices across the country, for CraftWorks.
Vice President, TDn2K
Multifaceted restaurant executive with a unique combination of Finance, HR, Marketing, Real Estate, and Operations experience. Skilled at identifying key business drivers, simplifying the complex, and implementing practical solutions to improve performance. TDn2K (Transforming Data into Knowledge) serves the restaurant industry and is the parent company of Black Box Intelligence, People Report, and White Box Social Intelligence.
Chief Operating Officer, Franchise Grade
Currently the COO for Franchise Grade.com. I've had the opportunity to spend over 35 years in the franchise industry as a franchise executive and franchisee. I have an MA in Economics from Northeastern U. My franchise experience has included the retail, manufacturing, home health care, medical staffing and GPS fleet tracking industries. I've done international licensing in Asia, Europe, and South America and am a contributor to Forbes Magazine. I've been qualified by the International Center for Dispute Resolution as an international franchise expert. I am a faculty member of LawLine.com I have Lectured at Stony Brook University Business School on the subject of Franchising. Been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, Franchise Times, Franchise Update, New York Newsday and Long Island Business Review. I wrote and published The Franchise Buyers Manual a comprehensive book for people considering investing in a franchise. In 2004 I wrote Franchising From the Inside Out an overview of the franchise industry. I have established numerous franchise concepts for independent business owners and with my affiliates do international franchising. I've been designated a franchise industry expert by The Business Broker Press.