Who We Are

In every project we take on, we have a simple goal: to help our clients make progress. Whether it’s by building a new brand, launching a new project, or bringing new people into your organization, our work together helps you move forward.

North America

Von Kennedy
Von Kennedy ​

Board Member and International Supply Chain Specialist

Von is a senior executive with over two decades of creating added value across multiple industries, blending a macro-level focus with a history of driving significant gains in revenues and profitability and strengthening performance in both U.S. and competitive global markets. He has an MBA and a proven reputation in business start-ups, strategic planning, brand building, international supply chain management, and development of growth strategies amidst new opportunities. As Senior Business Development Director for a U.S.-based food exporter, Von drafted and administered the company’s strategic redirection towards helping U.S.-based food clients develop in Middle East markets. He formed strategic international alliances and developed partner relationships with U.S. restaurants, Middle East investment partners, operational teams, and local market distributors. Von helped drive 25% to 35% year-over-year sales gains. As a frequent speaker at national and international food conferences, he presented insights on food supply chain essentials, risk strategies, and considerations important to overseas franchise development. Von’s clients include Subway, Caribou Coffee, PF Chang’s, Fatburger, UNO Chicago Grill, Cold Stone Creamery, Aramark, and Sodexo.

Jeff Slutsky

Senior VP of Marketing and Advertising

With experience in both the advertising agency and public relations space, Jeff Slutsky later specialized in developing result-oriented, low-cost tactics to build sales on the community level. His grassroots “Street Fighter” local marketing program received a great deal of national media attention including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Inc. Magazine, BusinessWeek, and CNN, as well as many restaurant trades including Nation’s Restaurant News, Restaurant Hospitality, Pizza Today, PMQ, Fast Casual Magazine, and many more. He is the author of ten published books including Street Fighter Marketing Solutions and Smart Marketing. Jeff is a highly- sought-after keynote speaker and seminar leader, and has developed customized local marketing programs for a number of multiple-unit food service operators including McDonald’s, Applebee’s Dubai, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Pizza Hut, Chevron Convenience Stores, Luby’s, Big Boy, and a host of regional and local operators. Jeff’s Street Fighter client list includes AT&T, American Express, Walt Disney, KNBC, Honda, Sony, Goodyear, Marvel Comics, the City of Dallas, the State of Arkansas, and the Country of India.

Jeff Slutsky
Brian Tepen

Head of Restaurant Design & Construction

Brian is an accomplished Design and Construction Professional with over two decades of experience across multiple disciplines, collaborating with some of the most influential Brands in the world helping them grow, innovate, and define their Image where they are experienced … on the street.  His passion for Design, strategic/creative thinking and practical approach to problem solving have led him to partner with some of the biggest icons in the hospitality industry including Applebee’s, IHOP, The Cheesecake Factory, Houlihan’s, providing leadership, creativity, strategic planning, and innovation.

Throughout his tenure in business, he has learned collaborating, team building, and planning can generate ideas that scale for growth, generate breakthrough thinking and at times innovations.  Having an MBA gives him a unique perspective that has contributed to his success throughout his career.  Brian endeavors to resolve challenges with creativity and collaboration to generate ideas that work for business.

Sonia Gawlick

Strategic and Financial Business Advisor

Sonia brings over 25 years of diverse business experience with an expertise in finance and strategic development and facilitation.

Working in collaboration with her clients, Sonia draws upon her vast international and professional experiences to develop and implement strategic plans and objectives in order to build stronger and more socially conscious organizations. Sonia is adept at understanding and integrating all functional areas of a business with a proven ability to simplify and communicate complex issues in a clear and concise manner and providing clients with objectivity, insight and innovative solutions to their organizational issues.

Sonia has worked for both small and large private sector companies, as well as international non-governmental agencies. Her experience spans a range of industries including investment finance, entertainment, pharmaceutical, commercial real estate, and health care. Sonia also has significant international experience having worked and travelled to over 40 countries.

Sonia holds a BA in Economics, an MBA, and an International Diploma in International Management.

International Markets

Marvin Alballi
Marvin Alballi

Head of Operations, International Markets

Marvin brings 26 years of experience in restaurant development, management, and operations in North America and in the international community. He led 776 restaurants and bars in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America. Marvin orchestrated successful business turnarounds for two companies, and entirely restructured the operating system for a US fast casual brand with a presence in six countries. Marvin has worked with more than 120 restaurants in some of the world’s largest franchises in casual dining, fast casual, QSR, premium coffee, and gourmet ice cream. In providing comprehensive services through Franchise Global Brands, he draws upon the network of restaurant experts and suppliers he has developed across North America and in the Middle East. Expertise: Business Management, International Franchise Sales, Operations Excellence, Systems Standardization and Team Training. Marvin holds European and American Diplomas in food and beverage management.

Vinod Kumar

Business Analyst

Vinod is ultimately responsible for delivering and leveraging analysis throughout the solution development lifecycle. Bringing 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, he ensures the optimal development, implementation, integration, user acceptance, and performance of applications, systems, and processes within and across FGB functions. His strong analytical skills help in identifying business needs, assessing the impact of design or method changes, eliciting and documenting requirements, providing insight to ensure requirements are translated into workable business solutions, and providing post-implementation support to business stakeholders and end-users to ensure solutions meet the prescribed business requirements.

Leian Mae Dultra

Admin and Marketing Coordinator

Lei have a 12 years experience in education, business development, investment analysis, and marketing across Asia and Australia. She has a bachelor’s degree in English Linguistics from The University of Immaculate Conception. She also holds a Diploma in Management and Financial Accounting at Macquarie University, Macroeconomic and Financial Policies of Australian Economy at The University of Sydney, and Bond University Certified Data Analyst. 
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