Dave Pace, Co-CEO and Director

30+ years of executive experience in the restaurant sector

  • Named Chairman of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (NASDAQ: RRGB) in 2019 to lead a refresh of the board and brand
  • Led a successful turnaround of Jamba, Inc. (NASDAQ: JMBA) as CEO, which included refranchising, return to profitability and sale to Roark Capital-owned Focus Brands
  • Served in various roles at Bloomin’ Brands (NASDAQ: BLMN):
    • President of Carrabba’s Italian Grill
    • President of Fine Dining Concepts (Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Roy Yamaguchi’s Pacific Rim Cuisine)
    • EVP / Chief Resource Officer, leading the Real Estate and Restaurant Development and HR teams
  • Executive experience includes: Jamba, Inc. (NASDAQ: JMBA), Bloomin’ Brands (NASDAQ: BLMN), Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX), Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM), PepsiCo (NASDAQ: PEP)
  • Board experience includes: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (NASDAQ: RRGB), Jamba, Inc. (NASDAQ: JMBA)

Andy Pforzheimer, Co-CEO and Director

30+ years of executive experience in the restaurant sector

  • Current Board member of US Foods (NYSE: USFD), restaurant technology company Wisely, and restaurant companies Upward Projects, Hickory Tavern and Barcelona Wine Bar
  • Co-founded Barteca, which includes the Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant and Bartaco brands, in 1995
    • CEO for 20+ years
    • Sold to Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group (NYSE: DFRG) for $325 million in 2018
  • Mentor to dozens of entrepreneurs and CEOs
  • Lectures on restaurant finance at Columbia Business School
  • Board experience includes: US Foods (NYSE: USFD), Wisely, Upward Projects, various private equity-backed restaurant growth brands (L Catterton, Brentwood, Rosser Capital)

Greg Golkin, President and Director

10+ years of experience investing in the restaurant sector

  • Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Kitchen Fund, an investment entity specializing in emerging restaurant and technology companies
  • Founded and sold ThinkBinder, an educational technology company, to Echo360, where he subsequently served as Head of Innovation
  • Previously worked as an investment analyst at hedge fund Maverick Capital
  • Began career as an investment banking analyst in the TMT group at Goldman Sachs
  • Investment experience includes: sweetgreen, Gregorys Coffee, by CHLOE., CAVA, Curry Up Now, eegee’s, The Hummus & Pita Co., INDAY, ItsaCheckmate, Miscusi, The Pie Hole, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, Sustainable Restaurant Group, Skillz

Chris Bradley, CFO

15+ years of experience investing in the food sector

  • Currently serves as a Managing Director at Mistral Equity Partners
  • Previously CFO of Haymaker Acquisition Corp. II (NASDAQ: HYAC), a $400mm special purpose acquisition company
  • Recent private equity, consulting and investment banking experience includes:
    • Consumer investing at The Sage Group
    • Investment banking at Banc of America Securities
    • Strategy consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers
    • In-house strategy at Burger King
  • SPAC experience includes: CFO of Haymaker Acquisition Corp. I, which completed a business combination with OneSpaWorld Holdings Ltd.; CFO of Haymaker Acquisition Corp II, which completed a business combination with ARKO Holdings Ltd., and current CFO of AF Acquisition Corp. and current CFO of Haymaker Acquisition Corp. III
  • Board experience includes: Lovesac (NASDAQ: LOVE), Jamba, Inc. (NASDAQ: JMBA), Creminelli Fine Meats, The Beacon Consumer Incubator Fund, VinoVolo, Country Pure Foods

Hal Rosser, Chairman & Independent Director

40+ years of experience investing in the restaurant sector

  • A prolific and well-respected restaurant investor with approximately 20 restaurant investments throughout his career
  • Founder and Managing Partner of Rosser Capital Partners
  • Previously co-founded and served as Managing Director at Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co.
  • Investment and board experience includes: Au Bon Pain, Barteca, Bennigan’s, Brio / Bravo Restaurant Group, California Pizza Kitchen, DavCo Restaurants (Wendy’s franchisee), Golden Corral, Hickory Tavern, Il Fornaio / Corner Bakery Café, Logan’s Roadhouse, McCormick & Schmick’s, Real Mex Restaurants, Restaurant Associates, Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Skillets, Steak & Ale, Wilson Farms

Andy Heyer, Independent Director

40+ years of experience investing, with over $2bn of capital deployed

  • CEO, Founder and Managing Partner of Mistral Equity Partners
  • Founding Managing Partner of Trimaran Capital Partners
  • Vice Chairman of CIBC World Markets Corp.
  • Co-Head of the CIBC Argosy Merchant Banking Funds
  • Founder and Managing Director of The Argosy Group
  • Partner at Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated
  • Senior Executive at Shearson/American Express
  • SPAC experience includes: President of Haymaker Acquisition Corp. I, which completed a business combination with OneSpaWorld Holdings Ltd.; President and Director of Haymaker Acquisition Corp II, which completed a business combination with ARKO Holdings Ltd.
  • Current board experience includes: OneSpaWorld Holdings (NASDAQ: OSW), Lovesac (NASDAQ: LOVE), ARKO Corp (NASDAQ: ARKO), Worldwise
  • Prior board experience includes: XpresSpa (NASDAQ: XSPA), Jamba, Inc. (NASDAQ: JMBA), Hain Celestial (NASDAQ: HAIN), Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS), Reddy Ice, El Pollo Loco (NASDAQ: LOCO), VinoVolo, Insomnia Cookies

Rick Federico, Independent Director

40+ years of executive experience in the restaurant sector

  • Board member of Domino’s (NYSE: DPZ)
  • Joined P.F. Chang’s (NASDAQ: PFCB) as President in 1996, served as Chairman & CEO between 1997-2015 and Chairman between 2016-2019
    • Significantly expanded Pei Wei Asian Diner as CEO
  • Previously served as President of the Italian Concept division of Brinker International (NYSE: EAT), where he oversaw Macaroni Grill and Spageddies
  • Co-founded Grady’s Goodtimes, which was acquired by Brinker International in 1989
  • Executive experience includes: P.F. Chang’s (NASDAQ: PFCB), Brinker International (NYSE: EAT), Grady’s Goodtimes, Steak & Ale, Bennigan’s
  • Board experience includes: Domino’s (NYSE: DPZ), P.F. Chang’s (NASDAQ: PFCB), Jamba, Inc. (NASDAQ: JMBA), American Beverage Institute, RPT Realty (NYSE: RPT)

Starlette Johnson, Independent Director

30+ years of executive experience in the restaurant sector

  • Director of Chuy’s Restaurants (NASDAQ: CHUY), where she serves as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee and member of the Audit Committee
  • Director of Jack’s Family Restaurants (owned by AEA Investors)
  • Former President & Director of Lucky Strike Entertainment, a bowling and entertainment company
  • Previous executive positions include:
    • President & COO, Dave & Buster’s (NASDAQ: PLAY)
    • EVP & Chief Strategic Officer, Brinker International (NYSE: EAT)
  • Served as a consultant to multiple private equity companies, industry service providers and emerging brands
  • Executive experience includes: Lucky Strike Entertainment, Twin Restaurant Holdings, Dave & Buster’s (NASDAQ: PLAY), Brinker International (NYSE: EAT), PepsiCo’s KFC division
  • Board experience includes: Chuy’s Restaurants (NASDAQ: CHUY), Jack’s Family Restaurants, Bojangles (NASDAQ: BOJA), Front Burner Restaurant Group, SusieCakes, Tuesday Morning (OTCPK: TUES.Q), Dave & Buster’s (NASDAQ: PLAY)

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