Burger Joints in Florida

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Top Burger Joints in Florida

The top burger joints in Florida, as determined by the number of locations in the state, are Five Guys, Sonic, Steak and Shake, Culvers, BurgerFi, WhataBurger, Carl's Jr, Red Robin, Shake Shack, Johnny Rockets, Freddy's, Fuddruckers, Burger21, SquareOne, Wahlburgers and The Counter. Because the last three all had the same number of locations, there are 16 companies listed.

Number of Locations

  • Five Guys has 103 locations.
  • Sonic has 100 locations.
  • Steak and Shake has 88 locations.
  • Culver's has 67 locations.
  • BurgerFi has 43 locations.
  • WhataBurger has 38 locations.
  • Carl's Jr has 25 locations.
  • Red Robin has 21 locations.
  • Shake Shack has 12 locations.
  • Johnny Rockets has 11 locations.
  • Freddy's has eight locations.
  • Fuddruckers has eight locations.
  • Burger21 has seven locations.
  • SquareOne Burgers has two locations.
  • Wahlburgers has two locations.
  • The Counter has two locations.


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Burger Joints in Florida - Competitive Landscape Pt.1

The locations, revenue, and company overview of the top three burger joints in Florida listed in columns C-E have been provided in the attached spreadsheet. Of the listed restaurants, Five Guys generated the most revenue in 2018.

Top Burger Joints in Florida

Five Guys

  • Five Guys is a privately-held restaurant founded in 1986 by the Murrell family and was first opened as a "carry-out burger joint" in Arlington, Virginia. The company claims to serve only "hand-formed burgers cooked to perfection on a grill along with fresh-cut fries cooked in pure peanut oil". In 2003, Five Guys sold its first 300 franchise units.
  • Five Guys generated $1.615 billion in revenue in 2018.

Products and Services

Locations

Sonic Drive-In

  • Sonic Drive-In is a privately-held company, founded in 1953. The restaurant is part of Inspire Brands family of restaurants. Sonic Drive-In franchises and operates a chain of quick-service drive-in restaurants in the United States.
  • Sonic Drive-In has $4.447 billion in revenue.

Products and Services

  • The restaurant offers drive-in, beverages, hot dogs, burgers, tater tots, drinks, carhop, skating, and franchising opportunities.

Locations

Steak 'n' Shake

  • Steak 'n' Shake was founded in 1934 and is one of the most recognized brands in the restaurant franchising business. According to the company's mission statement, it is constantly trying to serve the "highest quality burgers and shakes along with extending them great service at the lowest possible prices". Steak 'n' Shake is part of Biglari Holdings and operates in 28 states in the United States.

Products and Services

Locations


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Burger Joints in Florida - Competitive Landscape Pt.2

The locations, revenue, and company overview of the three leading burger joints in Florida listed in columns F-H have been provided in the attached spreadsheet. In 2018, Whataburger generated a revenue of $2.4 billion.

Culver's

  • Culver's opened its first restaurant in 1984 in Sauk City, Wisconsin. The restaurant started offering homemade butter hamburgers and fresh frozen custards.
  • The privately-held company offers 100% fresh beef burgers and frozen custard made from cold-pressed vanilla and finest dutch-blend chocolates.
  • In 2018, the company's annual revenue was about $1.576 billion.

BurgerFi

  • BurgerFi is a privately-held company established in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida.
  • The restaurant offers 100% natural Angus beef and chicken products that are humanely reared and are free from steroids, growth hormones, antibiotics, chemicals, or additives.
  • In 2017, the company achieved a revenue of $148.2 million, while the revenue growth for 2018 stood at 30%.

Whataburger

  • Whataburger was established in 1950 by Harmon Dobson in Corpus Christi, Texas.
  • Established as a small burger stand, the family-owned restaurant offered 100% pure beef burgers on a five-inch toasted bun.
  • In 2018, the company's annual revenue reached about $2.4 billion.
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Burger Joints in Florida - Competitive Landscape Pt.3

The revenue, locations, and products of the top burger joints in Florida found in columns I-K are provided in the attached spreadsheet. Out of the three restaurants, Carl's Jr has the highest number of outlets in the U.S. and Red Robin generated the highest revenue in 2018.

Carl's Jr

Products and Services

Locations

Red Robin

  • Red Robin was established in 1969 and offered burgers in Washington town. The brand is committed to ensuring customers have a good time at the restaurant. According to their profile "Robin burgers don’t just make you full. They make you smile." The company believes in fun, integrity, and a genuine spirit of service. They are committed to continuous improvement by pursuing knowledge and innovation. Red Robin offers "gift of time" and customers can stay as long as they want.
  • In 2018, Red Robin generated $1.51 billion in revenues.

Products and Services

  • Red Robin's menu includes a variety of burgers, fries, chicken, salads, smoothies, and sandwiches. Consumers can also buy apparels and gift cards from the gift shop. Red Robin has an online delivery service and a rewards program.

Locations

Shake Shack

Products and Services

Locations


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Burger Joints in Florida - Competitive Landscape Pt.4

Johnny Rockets has 122 establishments, Freddy's has 369 establishments, and Fuddruckers has 132 establishments nationwide. Johnny Rockets has approximately 1,478 employees, Freddy's has 1,889 employees, and Fuddruckers has between 5,001 to 10,000 employees. The required information has been populated in the attached spreadsheet.

Johnny Rockets

  • The link to the website is here.
  • Johnny Rockets offers freshly-made classic burgers, hand-spun ice cream shakes, salads, sandwiches, starters, and kids meals.
  • The company's estimated annual revenue is $300 million.
  • There are 122 establishments nationwide, and 11 in Florida.
  • The company has 1,478 employees.

Freddy's

  • The link to the website is here.
  • Freddy's offers steak burgers, hot dogs, chicken, fries, frozen custard, savory sandwiches, side dishes, and kids meals.
  • The company's revenue for 2018 was $474.7 million.
  • There are 369 establishments nationwide, and eight in Florida.
  • The company has 1,889 employees.

Fuddruckers

  • The link to the website is here.
  • Fuddruckers offerings include beef burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, chicken, premium salads, kids menu, fries, baked cookies, brownies, and milk shakes.
  • The company's revenue for 2018 was $87.618 million.
  • There are 132 establishments nationwide, and eight in Florida.
  • The company has between 5,001-10,000 employees.

Research Strategy

To find Johnny Rockets' 2018 revenue, we began by going through the companies' websites and press releases. These reports did not provide the revenue for 2018, most of them were about news on CEOs and locations of restaurants. We then searched media reports and articles, we searched through sites such as Techcrunch, PRNewswire, Business Wire, Forbes, and others. The reports we found did not provide the exact revenue for 2018, only estimates were provided. We then checked in financial databases like Crunchbase, Zoominfo, and Craft but both sites did not have any specific information about 2018 revenue for Johnny Rockets. We, therefore, provided the estimated revenue for Johnny Rockets.


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Burger Joints in Florida - Competitive Landscape Pt.5

Burger21 generated a revenue of $68.4 million in 2018. The locations, revenue, and company overview of the three leading burger joints in Florida listed in columns O-Q have been provided in the attached spreadsheet.

Burger21

  • Burger21 is a fast-casual franchise founded in 2010 and has its headquarters in Tampa, Florida.

SquareOne Burgers

Wahlburgers

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CEO/CMO - Top Burger Joints Florida

The person holding the position Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) was found for each of the 16 top burger joints in Florida. If the title of CMO was not listed, then the title of CEO was used.

CMO/CEO For Florida's Top Burger Joints

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CEO/CMO Profiles - Top Burger Joints Florida No.1

Since 2017, Jason Anello has served as the chief marketing officer at Aurify Brands, the parent company of Five Guys Burgers and Fries and other brands. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and management, general. His hobbies and interests include embarking on “gastro-adventures,” watching musicals, and listening to music.

Educational History

  • Jason Anello attended Oyster Bay High School from 1988 to 1992.
  • In 1996, he graduated from the University at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and management, general.

Professional History

  • Anello served as an art director at Chinnici Direct from 1996 to 1998.
  • From 1998 to 2003, he served as a senior art director at Digitas.
  • He served as a creative director at Yahoo! from 2003 to 2005.
  • Anello served as an associate creative director at Ogilvy & Mather from 2005 to 2006.
  • He rejoined Yahoo! as a marketing director + ideologist in 2006 and left the company in 2010.
  • Anello co-founded travel journal and food blog Forking Tasty in 2008 and is still serving as the Editor-in-Chief.
  • He co-founded creative agency Manifold in 2010 and served as its creative director until 2015.
  • From 2015 to 2016, Anello served as a marketing strategy consultant at USA Today.
  • In 2016, he joined Aurify Brands as the vice president of marketing and was appointed the chief marketing officer in 2017.

Hobbies & Interests

Social Media Profile Links

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CEO/CMO Profiles - Top Burger Joints Florida No.2

Lori Abou Habib has been serving as the chief marketing officer at Sonic since August 2017. She holds an MBA in marketing from Webster University. More details on her employment history, educational background, and interests are provided below.

Educational History

Professional History

Hobbies & Interests

Social Media Profile Links

Awards and Honors

Research Strategy

Besides her LinkedIn profile, we were unable to find any social media accounts for Lori Abou Habib. While several posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter mention the appointment of Lori Abou Habib as the CMO of Sonic Drive-In, none of these posts tag her. We scoured through the official Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter profiles of Sonic Drive-In and tried to locate Lori Abou Habib but this approach didn't yield any results. We also looked for her profile using the in-built search filters on these social media sites but weren't successful. A general web scan also didn't yield any results.

After an extensive search of reputed news and media sources including Forbes, CNBC, QSR Magazine, and Business Insider among others, we were unable to find any interviews or articles that provided insights into Lori's hobbies and interests. We also scanned Sonic's website for any details on her hobbies and interests but were only able to find the details on her professional history and educational background.
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CEO/CMO Profiles - Top Burger Joints Florida No.3

Sardar Biglari, the CEO of Steak 'n Shake, is a graduate of Trinity University. Most of his professional history involves his hedge fund Biglari Holdings and his role as CEO of Steak 'n Shake. His interests include sports cars, Warren Buffett, and parody.

Steak 'n Shake CEO Sardar Biglari 

1. Education

  • Sardar is an alumnus of Trinity University, which is in San Antonio, Texas.
  • He graduated from the university in 1999.
  • At Trinity, he participated in the inaugural Student Managed Fund as part of a finance course, which allowed the students to "manage half a million dollars of the University's endowment."
  • By 2013, the Student Managed Fund was worth over $4 million and Sardar, along with other alumni, returned to the university to celebrate the fund's 15-year anniversary.
  • In 2013, he donated $250,000 to the university in support of its Center for the Sciences and Innovation.

2. Professional History

  • Biglari's early entrance into the business world occurred during his college days when "[h]e started an internet service provider at the age of 18, sold it when he was 22 and then founded a hedge fund."
  • Upon graduating from college, he continued investing and focused mainly on restaurants.
  • His company, Biglari Holdings, invested in a number of companies from 2000-2006, including the restaurant chain Western Sizzlin.
  • His first interaction with Steak 'n Shake was as an investor back in 2007, through his company, Biglari Holdings.
  • In March 2008, he was appointed to the board of directors for Steak 'n Shake.
  • In August 2008, he became Steak 'n Shake's CEO & Chairman.
  • In addition to his role as Steak 'n Shake CEO, he is also the Chairman of Biglari Holdings Inc.

3. Hobbies & Interests

4. Social Media

  • This link is to Sardar's Twitter.
  • Twitter was the only social media channel that we were able to find for him.

Research Strategy

We began our research by looking for articles about Sardar Biglari that discussed his background and experience. Examples of sources that we reviewed and cited to include Business Insider and QSR Magazine. Those articles provided information about his professional history and personal interests. We found information about his educational background through our broad search for articles about such, which led us to this article published by his Alma matter (Trinity University). With regard to social media, we checked the major social media channels (Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and Instagram) to see which, if any, accounts he maintains on those platforms. After checking those social media channels, the only one we found that he maintains an account on is Twitter. This research process provided us with all the requested information about him.
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CEO/CMO Profiles - Top Burger Joints Florida No.4

Joseph Koss has a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Marquette University. He served as CFO of Culver's between 2000 and 2016 before he became CEO of the company. Mr. Koss like coaching basketball, playing golf, and traveling.

Education

  • Joseph Koss went to Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI (1988-92), from where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting.

Professional History

  • Joseph Koss joined Culver in 1997 as a controller and was the CFO of the company from 2000 to 2016.
  • Mr. Koss has also led the information systems team and business analysis team at Culver.
  • Given his "broad breadth of experience and knowledge in all aspects of the organization including strategic planning, operations, training, marketing, supply chain, human resources, development/design and menu management", he was appointed Culver's CEO.
  • Joseph Koss has been Culver's CEO since Jan 1, 2017.
  • As CEO of Culver, Mr. Koss is responsible for the direction, strategy, and operations at the company, and "maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with franchisees, suppliers, team members, guests and other stakeholders."

Hobbies & Interests

  • Mr. Koss enjoys coaching basketball and volunteers for non-profits organizations and fundraisers.
  • He likes playing golf even though he is "not very good" at it and also likes to travel.
  • Outside of work, Mr. Koss spends most of his time with his family at his home in Waunakee and kid's activities take up much of his time.
  • He has three kids, two girls and a boy (as is apparent from his Facebook profile).
  • Joseph Koss has liked John Koss Builders, a real estate company; Chris Cook Homes, a home builder; Culver's; Culver's Buffalo Grove, a fast-food restaurant; and Visit Philly, a Philadelphia local and travel website on his Facebook page.
  • Joseph Koss's Linkedin page interests section includes Culver's Restaurants, Chief Financial Officer, Marquette University, National Restaurant Association, and CFO.

Social Media Profile

  • Link to Joseph Koss's Linkedin profile can be found here.
  • Link to Joseph Koss's Facebook profile can be found here.
  • Joseph Koss does not have Twitter or Instagram profile.
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CEO/CMO Profiles - Top Burger Joints Florida No.5

Since 2014, Corey Winograd has served as the chief executive officer at BurgerFi. He holds a Bachelor's degree in political sciences. His hobbies and interests include listening to music of all kinds.

Past educational history

  • Corey Winograd attended Binghamton University from 1983 to 1987, where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science.
  • In 1990, he graduated from the New York University School of Law with a Juris Doctor.

Professional history

Hobbies and interests

Social media profiles

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CEO/CMO Profiles - Top Burger Joints Florida No.6

Ed Nelson is the President of Whataburger. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from Clemson University. Nelson was the Chief Financial Officer at Whataburger from 2008 before being promoted to the position of company president in June 2019. He is not active on social media and has a profile on LinkedIn with just one connection. Detailed information is in the next section.

Past Educational History

Professional History

  • Ed Nelson was Chief Financial Officer at Whataburger from 2008 before being promoted to the position of company president in June 2019. He joined Whataburger in 2004 as the controller.
  • As a chief financial officer for Whataburger, Nelson was in charge of all accounting, finance, business risk, treasury, and reporting operations for 828 restaurants in 10 states.
  • Nelson joined Whataburger in 2004 after working at Denny's for eight years.

Social Media Profile

  • Nelson does not seem to be active on social media. He has just one connection on his LinkedIn profile page which is mostly blank.

Research Strategy

Apart from his LinkedIn profile, we were unable to find any social media accounts for Ed Nelson. No posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram tag him. We searched the official Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram profiles of Whataburger and tried to locate Nelson but this strategy was not fruitful. We also looked for his profile using the in-built search filters on these social media sites but weren't successful. A general web scan also didn't yield any results.
After an extensive search of reputed news and media sources including Forbes, CNBC, QSR Magazine, Business Insider, and Bloomberg among others, we were unable to find any interviews or articles that provided insights into Nelson’s hobbies and interests. We also scanned Whataburger's website for any details on his hobbies and interests but were only able to find details on his professional history and educational background.
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CEO/CMO Profiles - Top Burger Joints Florida No.7

Jeff Jenkins started his professional career working as a branding associate at MTV/Spike TV. He is married with two kids, owns a pet dog, and regularly watches golf, basketball matches.

Professional Background

  • Jeff Jenkins worked as a branding associate at MTV/Spike TV from 2000 to 2001.
  • He worked as a PR for NASA from 2002 to 2004, and later worked as a media relations specialist, serving from 2004 to 2008. During his time at NASA, he worked as an on-site project manager for incoming news and documentary crews and also partnered with entertainment companies to create positive coverage for NASA in television shows by media companies.
  • He joined Taco Bell as a brand manager and worked at the company from 2008 to 2011. While working at Taco Bell, he implemented creative advertisements for five national marketing campaigns.
  • Jeff Jenkins served as the marketing manager of Yum! Brands from 2011 to 2012. He later rejoined the company as the head of concepts of Yum! Brand U.S. office. Jenkins worked as the company from 2013 to 2015.
  • Jeff Jenkins rejoined Taco Bells as the director of digital experience and new platforms. He worked at the company from 2012 to 2015. During his time at the company, he created the 1st QSR e-commerce order ahead experience on web and app.
  • Jenkins later moved on to work at Whole Foods Market as the vice president of digital strategy and marketing from 2015 to 2017.
  • From 2017 to 2019, he was the global chief marketing officer and chief digital officer at CKE Restaurants, Inc.
  • On August 2019, he assumed his role as the executive vice president of global marketing at Carters, Inc.

Educational Background

  • Jeff Jenkins graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia.
  • He also has an MBA in marketing from the Anderson School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles.

Hobbies and Interests

  • Jeff Jenkins loves sports like hockey, basketball, football, and baseball. He is an avid supporter of the U.S. women's national soccer team, U.S. men’s national team, and the Virginia Men’s Basketball team.
  • He is an animal lover and owns a pet dog.
  • He loves spending time with his wife and two kids, vacationing or watching a movie together.

Social Media Profiles



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CEO/CMO Profiles - Top Burger Joints Florida No.8

Dana Benfield has been serving as the senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Red Robin since 2017. She joined Red Robin in 2002. Benfield’s hobbies and interests include skiing and watching football.

Educational and Professional History

Hobbies & Interests

  • Benfield enjoys skiing and describes herself as a “football fanatic.”
  • She has tweeted content about skiing and the National Football League team Denver Broncos.
  • Benfield’s cover photos on Twitter and Facebook featured her in the jersey of the Denver Broncos.

Social Media Profile Links

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CEO/CMO Profiles - Top Burger Joints Florida No.9

In 2019, Jay Livingston joined Shake Shack as the chief marketing officer — CMO. Inferring from Jay Livingston LinkedIn profile, he is interested in building and leading teams to dramatic and measurable results. Mr. Livingston is outgoing and adventurous — he loves going out and taking pictures with his family and friends.

Jay Livingston 

Employment History

Education

Social Media Profiles

Hobbies & Interests

  • Inferring from Jay Livingston LinkedIn profile, he is interested in building and leading teams to dramatic, measurable results. Mr. Livingston has held senior leadership roles in functional areas like digital commerce, consumer/retail, small business, commercial banking, and brand management.
  • Mr. Livingston is also a film producer. This was deduced from his Facebook post, where he posted that he was a Co-Executive Producer with Low Spark Films on "Galveston".
  • Jay Livingston is a lover of sport. He posted about celebrating his parent's 50th anniversary at the United States Open tennis championship.
  • Mr. Livingston is outgoing and adventurous, he loves going out and taking pictures with his family and friends. Most of his pictures on Facebook are with his wife, friends, and family.
  • Several Facebook photos of Jay Livingston show that he is married.
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CEO/CMO Profiles - Top Burger Joints Florida No.10

Michael Nolan is the Chief Executive Officer of Johnny Rockets. He attained his Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the University of South Alabama.

Educational History

  • Michael Nolan attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1978 to 1982 and attained a Bachelor's degree in Real Estate Development.
  • Nolan attended the University of South Alabama from 1995 to 2001 where he attained Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Professional History

  • Nolan is currently Johnny Rockets' Chief Executive Officer. He has served this role for one year and two months from October 2018.
  • Prior to his appointment, he was Johnny Rockets Restaurant Group's president from July 2017.
  • Nolan was Pieology Pizzeria's President from March 2017 to August 2017.
  • Michael Nolan served as a CEO and President of Smashburger from January 2016 to December 2016.
  • Nolan was Executive Vice President of Corner Bakery Cafe for two years and one month from May 2014 to May 2016.
  • He served as a senior vice president of Bloomin' Brands, Inc. for one year and nine months from June 2012 to February 2014.
  • Nolan was the Chief Development Officer at Panera Bread for a period of ten years and eleven months from August 2001 to June 2012.
  • From 1989 to 1999, he was Morrison Restaurants Inc's vice president.
  • He was American Hospitality Concepts' senior vice president in charge of development from December 1997 to March 2001.
  • Nolan was John Harvard's Brew House LLC's executive vice president from December 1997 to March 2001.

Hobbies & Interests

  • According to LinkedIn, Nolan is interested in Johnny Rockets, Johnny Rockets Restaurant Group, Panera Bread, Love's Travel Stops, University of South Alabama College of Medicine, and the University of South Alabama.

Social Media Profile Links

Research Strategy

To provide personal and professional profile of Michael Nolan, we first searched for this information on his LinkedIn and Bloomberg profile. We were able to get an in-depth overview of his career life with minimal information on his education as we only found his college education. There was also no information on his hobbies and links to other social media profiles such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. We also did a direct search on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Although there were numerous profiles of people named Mike Nolan and Michael Nolan, there was no profile that matched with the information we already had on Mike Nolan.

Our next approach was to search for this information on the company's website. Our focus was to identify any information about Nolan's hobbies, interests, and social media profile links. Unfortunately, our search was unfruitful. The company website does not have any information on Mike Nolan.

Our next strategy was to check for Nolan's hobbies, interests, social media profile links in media publications and articles. We found articles Mentioning Nolan from sources like QSR magazine, Restaurant Business Online, Orange County Business Journal, among others. The articles are more on professional background with no information on his personal life and interests.
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CEO/CMO Profiles - Top Burger Joints Florida No.11

Randy Simon is the owner of Original Bread Inc. From 2007 to present, Mr. Simon is the co-founder and CEO at Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. Randy Simon likes treating guests with genuine hospitality and serving them delicious food.

Randy Simon 

Employment History

Education

  • From 1967 to 1971, Randy Simon obtained a bachelor's degree from Wichita State University.

Social Media Profiles

Hobbies & Interests

  • Inferring from Randy Simon LinkedIn profile, he is interested in building and investing in businesses. Mr. Simon is a thought leader in steakburgers and frozen custard.
  • Randy Simon likes treating guests with genuine hospitality and serving them delicious food.
  • Mr. Simon's Facebook timeline shows that he likes clothing.
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CEO/CMO Profiles - Top Burger Joints Florida No.12

Chris Pappas or Christopher J. Pappas is known for being the President and CEO of the company since 2001 with a degree major in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas. Pappas currently has over 40 years of experience in operational management and is currently co-managing the successful Pappas Restaurants with his brothers Harris and Gregory Pappas.

CHRIS PAPPAS

Past Educational History

  • Christopher J. Pappas has a degree in mechanical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, Texas.
  • Chris Pappas earned his degree in 1970.
  • In an early age, Chris paid his education by working as a door-to-door bookseller in 1875 for Southwestern Company, a direct marketing sales company that hires students to sell educational books, software and website subscriptions.
  • In his early stages, Chris had the potential and skills inclined with mechanical systems that led him taking mechanical engineering major.

Professional History

  • After graduating in 1970, IBM hired Chris Pappas as mechanical engineer of the Office Products Division where he was trained to refine IBM's earliest word processors.
  • In 1974, Pappas left IBM and worked with one of their family-owned restaurants. There he gained his knowledge and skills about the restaurant business from scratch.
  • In 1976, Chris and his brothers, Harris and Gregory, opened a restaurant named "The Strawberry Patch". Pappas brothers were able to expand to 9 restaurant brands, and some of them are Pappasito’s, Pappadeaux, Pappas Bar-B-Q, and Pappas Bros. Steakhouse.
  • Chris Pappas' mechanical engineering skills were useful in his restaurant business from restaurant layout, equipment to kitchen designs. Through his expertise, the business was able to provide kitchen design services and equipment to different organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, YMCA, Houston Food Bank, Star of Hope, Kids Meals, the Houston, Greek Orthodox Church, etc.
  • In 2001, Pappas was appointed as the president and CEO of lubys and in the process also joined the executive committee.
  • In 2005, Chris Pappas was elected as one of Amegy Bank's board of directors.
  • Chris Pappas was also part of Greater Houston Partnership as the board of directors and Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston as member of Dean's advisory board.
  • He was also the board of directors for the National Restaurant Association, the Texas Restaurant Association, and the Greater Houston Restaurant Association and member of Houston Food Bank’s Capital Campaign Committee as well.
  • Chris Pappas currently has over 40 years of experience in operational management and is still the President and CEO at Luby's.

HOBBIES AND INTEREST

  • Chris Pappas, as a kid loves to build go-karts and motorbikes with his brothers, Harry and Gregory.
  • The Pappas brothers were able to restore a 1931 model "A" Ford which they have used to drive to school.
  • Pappas eagerness with mechanical systems was believed to be the reason why he took mechanical engineering that has contributed to his successful career.

OTHER INFORMATION

Research Strategy:

We were unable to provide the current hobbies & interests and social media profile links of Chris Pappas. However, we were able to provide some personal and professional profile of Chris Pappas, such as past educational history, professional history, early hobbies & interests. We also provided other information that might be helpful with the client's project.
To find the requested information, we tried to look for direct data about Chris Pappas' current hobbies & interest and social media profile links through pre-compiled information. We were expecting to get this information on articles, news reports, journals, biographies, documentations, etc since Chris Pappas is well-known in the restaurant industry. Through our search with Forbes, Business Wire, Biography.com, Encyclopedia of World Biographies, etc we learned that details about Chris Pappas personal life are limited in public sites and available information was mostly about his professional history. We were not able to locate any information that could satisfy the requested information about Chris Pappas' current hobbies & interest and social media profile links.
Next, we tried to look from social media sites for the current hobbies & interests and social media profile links of Chris Pappas. We thought that through this strategy, we would be able to locate the information about Pappas' life outside work, and the links to the social media accounts. Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube may contain published content about Pappas' hobbies and interests outside work and this was we can be able to provide the social media profile links as well. Through our search, we found out that there were many Chris Pappas or Christoper Pappas accounts on these social media platforms. However, none of them was the Chris Pappas account we were looking for. We also looked at the possible people connected to the social media platform of Luby's, Inc. We were hoping that we will find people working currently with the company and find Chris Pappas profile. However, in this way, we were unable to locate his profile as well.
Lastly, we tried to refocus and use triangulation to come up with the requested information about Chris Pappas' current hobbies & interest and social media profile links. Since Chris Pappas was part of Greater Houston Partnership, Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at University of Houston, National Restaurant Association, the Texas Restaurant Association, the Greater Houston Restaurant Association and Houston Food Bank’s Capital Campaign Committee, we were expecting that these organizations may have released information in which they highlighted Chris Pappas such as interviews, Pappas' as a guest speaker, as board of director (which includes his social media links), press releases, events, charity works, etc. We looked on this through organization sites and there we found out that there were some coverage articles about Pappas as a guest speaker, information about his charity works, press release statement form Luby's, and awarding events from different restaurants awards committee. We also learned that Pappas as a guest speaker gives advice to students about business life and he eventually shares his experiences with his listeners. He was also inducted as Texas Restaurant Association Hall of Honor by Texas A&M University and Mays College of Business. (https://mays.tamu.edu/news/tag/chris-pappas/). However, we were unable to find Chris Pappas' current hobbies & interest and social media profile links through these organizations. Also, we cannot assume that giving advises to students and sharing his life experiences is one of his hobbies & interest as we only found one coverage.we lack supporting data about this assumption.
While we did not find the information about the current hobbies & interests and social media profile links of Chris Pappas, we have provided data about the personal and professional profile of Chris Pappas such as past educational history, professional history, early hobbies & interests. We also provided other information that might be helpful with the client's project. We included it in our key findings due to lack of publicly available data for the current hobbies & interest and social media profile links of Chris Pappas.
In conclusion, we are presenting this as a partial client update as I have provided the personal and professional profile of Chris Pappas such as past educational history, professional history, early hobbies & interests and other information that might be helpful for the client's project. We have provided these in the Key Findings above.
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CEO/CMO Profiles - Top Burger Joints Florida No.13

Mark Johnston started his career in restaurants as a dishwasher at the age of 14. Over time, he worked his way up through the restaurant, then became a franchise owner with his brothers. Today, Mark own The Melting Pot and Burger 21. He is not active on social media and has not shared much information on personal interests.

Professional History

  • Mark Johnston is the CEO and co-founder of Burger 21. He owns the company with his wife.
  • Mark also owns The Melting Pot.
  • Mark began his restaurant career at the age of 14 as a dishwasher in a franchise of The Melting Pot owned by his older brothers in Tampa, Fl.
  • He was later a server, then became a manager and later opened a franchise with is brothers.
  • In 1985, he and his brothers purchased the entire The Melting Pot company together.
  • In 2009, Mark and his family began developing the concept for Burger 21.
  • In 2010, Mark and his wife, Arlene, opened the first Burger 21 restaurant.

Personal Life and Interests

  • Mark enjoys kayaking and has a dog that he takes kayaking with him.

Social Media Profiles

  • Mark Johnston has a LinkedIn profile, but it does not have any information on it besides his position as CCO of the Melting Pot. He does not appear to keep it updated.
  • No social media profiles for Mark Johnston were found on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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CEO/CMO Profiles - Top Burger Joints Florida No.14

Joanie Corneil has been the CEO of Square 1 Burgers since it was formed in 2008. She is also the president of Bella's Italian Cafe. Joanie's hobbies include hanging out with friends and sampling new cuisines.

Past Educational History

Professional History

Hobbies & Interests

  • Her dream vacation is a trip around the world.
  • Inferring from Joanie's Facebook page, she loves hanging out with friends, sampling new cuisines, and taking photos of nature.
  • Joanie is outgoing and loves the outdoors as there are photos of her and her husband during their outings.
  • Joanie Corneil's favorite cuisine is Italian, and she loves to try out anything that has peanut butter.
  • She loves dogs. There are several posts of her dog Jingo whom she refers to as the sweetest, funniest, most loving friend.

Social Media Profile Links

  • Joanie Corneil has 38 connections on her LinkedIn account.
  • She has an active Facebook account.










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CEO/CMO Profiles - Top Burger Joints Florida No.15

In 2015, Patrick Renna joined Wahlburgers as the chief financial officer — CFO. In 2019, Patrick Renna became the interim Chief Executive Officer at Wahlburgers — he is currently the president of Wahlburgers. Several Instagram and Facebook photos of Patrick Renna show that he is married with a wife and children.

Patrick Renna

Employment History

  • In 2015, Patrick Renna joined Wahlburgers as the chief financial officer — CFO.
  • Mr. Renna grew to the position of interim Chief Executive Officer from 2018 to 2019. Mr. Patrick Renna is currently the president of Wahlburgers.
  • From 2015 to present, Patrick Renna held three portfolio offices — Chief Financial Officer, Interim Chief Executive Officer, and President at Alma Nove. Alma Nove is a family-owned restaurant business founded by Paul Wahlberg, Mark, and Donnie Wahlberg in Hingham's premier waterfront.
  • From November 2009 to 2014, Patrick Renna joined Boloco as the CFO. Mr. Renna grew to the position of CEO in June 2014 and held the office till June 2015.
  • Mr. Renna has also served as the CFO at Sebastians Cafe & Catering (Devonshire Investors) from June 2006 to October 2009.
  • From February 2005 to May 2006, Mr. Renna was the CFO of Fresh Concepts.
  • From August 2001 to February 2005, he served as the President and CFO of Fine & Ice Restaurants.
  • From May 1997 to August 2001, Mr. Renna was the accounting manager at Bertucci's.

Education

  • From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Renna obtained a higher qualification that leads to the award of Masters, Accounting from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
  • From 2003 to 2007, Patrick Renna obtained a higher qualification that leads to the award of MBA, Finance & Accounting from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
  • From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Renna obtained his bachelor's degree — BS, Accounting from Franklin Pierce University.
  • From 1990 to 1991, Patrick Renna obtained a Diploma degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of New Hampshire.

Social Media Profiles

Hobbies & Interests

  • Inferring from Mr. Renna Instagram page, he is outgoing and adventurous. He loves going out and taking pictures with his family and friends. There were several pictures of his children and wife during some of their outdoors participation in his Instagram and Facebook page.
  • Several Instagram and Facebook photos of Patrick Renna show that he is married with a wife and children. Mr. Renna likes outdoor activities and there were photos of his wife and children during their outings.
  • Mr. Renna likes pet — dogs. There were several pictures of dogs and himself playing with his pet and children on his Instagram page.
  • Mr. Renna likes wines. Several Instagram posts with pictures of different wines prove this to be most likely true.
  • Mr. Renna loves sport like basketball and baseball. He posted pictures of a basketball game on his Facebook page and baseball on his Instagram page.
Sources
Sources

From Part 11
Quotes
  • "Mr. Koss joined CFSI in 1997 as controller. Since 2000 he held the role of chief financial officer and was named president and CEO in December 2016"
  • "A native of Two Rivers, WI, Mr. Koss earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI."
  • "Mr. Koss is a member of the board of directors for the Wisconsin Restaurant Association and the Culver’s Foundation. Outside the office he volunteers for various fundraisers and non-profits; and enjoys coaching basketball."
  • " In this capacity, Mr. Koss oversees the direction and strategy for all of Culver’s operations and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with franchisees, suppliers, team members, guests and other stakeholders."
From Part 13
Quotes
  • "Nelson joined Whataburger in 2004 as controller for the company. Since 2008, Nelson has been at the helm of Whataburger’s financial department as chief financial officer."