Heart To Heart Foods was incorporated in 1990 for the sole purpose of manufacturing and selling Maui Wowi product to the Maui Wowi franchise system. They do not have a company logo or any "About Us" information.
The Original Creamies is the company that Craig Earl owned and operated when he was approached by Jill to do some testing of product and manufacturing. Their information is below in italics.
Back in the late 1950's Richard Merrill was asked by a Cache Valley grade school principal to make a frozen treat with milk instead of sugar water. Richard developed a reduced fat ice cream bar made with real fruit and other natural flavorings. That was the birth of the Premium Creamie. The original formula is still used today - A rich, smooth, refreshing treat that is enjoyed by all.
Today the Premium Creamie comes in many flavors: chocolate, banana, orange, strawberry, mint dipped chocolate, cherry dipped chocolate, banana dipped chocolate and our newest product - vanilla dipped in rich milk chocolate. As a special seasonal treat you can now get eggnog Creamie during the winter holidays.
While Creamies has grown, both in popularity and geography, we have not forgotten our roots. We make a Jr. Creamie (1.75 oz's) made specially for and sold only to schools.
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The story Jill shares with all franchisees during training is that as she was developing the concept of Maui Wowi, she first developed the flavor products on her own. As the company grew, she worked with Craig to develop additional recipes and package the products.
Tim and Tommy, brothers from America's coffee heartland, left the Seattle area in search of adventure and prosperity. They took different paths but reconnected in Denver, Colorado. Over the years, each brother acquired significant amounts of experience in the specialty coffee industry. They have studied all facets of coffee, from the origin characteristics of green coffee to the art of roasting, through drink preparation, and retail interface. As young entrepreneurs, Tommy and Tim partnered with parents Tom and Sharon to develop Coda Coffee Company. The mission is simple: to set the standard for coffee excellence through education, advocacy, and partnerships. With the belief that success is reciprocal, Coda will do what it takes to exceed expectations.
Since Coda Coffee Company was born in 2005, the business has grown tremendously. Coda is now home to sixteen employees in two states, and has more than quadrupled their warehouse space. Coda was honored to be winner of The Edward Lowe Foundation's Colorado's 50 Top Companies to Watch of 2010.
Coda Coffee Company is dedicated to promoting sustainability and has an ongoing commitment to both the environment and the quality of life experienced by individuals in the coffee industry. Steps Coda has taken to fulfill this commitment include:
Celebrating 65 years in the industry, is an employee-owned (ESOP) point-of-purchase display and indoor and drive-thru menu board manufacturer located in Brookfield, WI. We have built our reputation providing first class customer service and high quality products under the brands of Howard Menus, Mainstreet Menu Systems, Howard Displays, and VisionQuest Digital Systems. Specializing in illuminated, non-illuminated and digital drive-thru systems and drive-thru accessories including canopies, order verification systems, clearance bars and more. Howard provides menu board solutions and brand merchandising for the foodservice industry.
Cart Works Company is a leading designer and fabricator of mobile carts, kiosks, and modular store systems built to service stadiums, arenas, convention centers, franchised systems, educational facilities, casinos, hotels, and theme parks. Our stated mission is to provide superior customer service throughout the sales, design, engineering, production, delivery, and installation process. We will stand behind our products to ensure your complete satisfaction. Please visit our website at www.cartworkscompany.com for additional information.
In 1849, when Domingo Ghirardelli immigrates to the United States, he has dreams of striking it rich in the California Gold Rush. After trying his hand and failing at mining, he settles on opening a tent-store in nearby Stockton, CA, selling various supplies and confections to fellow miners. With his new business proving successful, Domingo decides to open a store and hotel in San Francisco. After a major fire in 1851 destroys his businesses, he begins to rebuild. In 1852, he forms a new confectionery company that is to become the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company.
Today, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company has built on its signature taste and time-honored manufacturing processes to become America's premium chocolate company.
Founded in 1979 by Mario Rosito an Italian immigrant from San Remo, Rosito Bisani developed its core business of espresso machine line with a comprehensive sales, product training, and after sales support program utilizing a network of distributors and service support. All products such as espresso machines, coffee grinders, coffee, and accessories are imported from Italy.
The coffee and foodservice industry peaked its interest in gourmet food and specialty coffee as Americans began to appreciate and learn more of the quality of offerings. Rosito Bisani expanded its foodservice equipment repertoire to include gelato machines, pasta machines, wood-fired pizza ovens, granita machines, and Panini grills in addition to its espresso machine product line.
Rosito Bisani moved to its current location to include a hands on training experience for new and existing customers with its' custom built espresso bar. The espresso bar was designed and built to emulate an Italian café with an American twist with the addition of drip coffee and frozen smoothies. With the growing demand for quality coffee, Rosito Bisani's client list grew and became very diverse from sole proprietors to corporate accounts.
With over 30 years in business, Rosito Bisani continues to expand its services with the addition of a coffee business school. The addition of this intense educational oriented class encompasses learning with both theory and current business models. Rosito Bisani sees a need to assist new and existing customers to improve and succeed in their business in this unprecedented challenging economy.
When I was asked to become the President of Vitamix in 2009, the company was already recognized as the market leader in blending technology. I realized that I was not just accepting a new position, but agreeing to steward a legacy. It is incredibly humbling to know that the successes we experience today have been made possible by the foundational leadership, passion and commitment of the generations before us.
I wish I could give you a personal tour through the halls of our company, show you the family photos that hang here, and let you touch the logs of the home and office that my grandfather built by hand in the 1940s, while keeping his business afloat, supporting the war effort, and raising a family. Some of my fondest memories took place inside these walls, including family reunions and listening in fascination as my grandfather would talk to customers on the phone, helping them knead bread dough in their Vitamix machines, which was very popular at that time. Our customers are still the center of our world. As the fourth-generation President of Vitamix, our history is very personal to me, as it is for the hundreds of employees who continue to work right here in Olmsted Township, Ohio—designing, perfecting, and building the hundreds of thousands of Vitamix products that are made every year. Join me as we walk through this almost century-long, true American success story.
Our story began in 1921 when my great-grandfather was facing challenging economic times that would soon lead to the Great Depression. William Grover Barnard, affectionately known as "Papa" to all of us, began travelling the country selling modern kitchen products. It was by helping a friend through his illness that he began connecting the value of whole-food nutrition to health and well-being. Papa changed the name of his business to The Natural Food Institute, and became a pioneer in the health food industry, studying and teaching people everything he knew about food and health. In 1937, Papa was introduced to a new product, the blender. He immediately saw the value of blending to quickly and easily prepare healthy foods that taste delicious. He focused his attention on selling this new product, which my other great-grandfather named the "Vita-Mix," because vita means life.
In 1949, my grandfather, Bill Barnard, convinced Papa to take his live demonstration to the newest form of advertising, the television set. Papa overcame his doubts that the TV was a welcome addition to the family and went down in history as the creator of the nation's first infomercial. Grandpa inherited the business a few years later in 1955, officially changing its name to Vita-Mix Corporation in 1964 when his son, Grover, joined the company. Knowing the benefits of whole foods, Grandpa was determined to make healthy food preparation even easier and more delicious. The Vitamix became more powerful and versatile, setting it apart from any other product on the market. In 1969, he introduced the Vitamix 3600, the first blender that could make hot soup, blend ice cream, grind grain and knead bread dough. My grandmother created hundreds of recipes for healthy alternatives to the foods we loved.
Thirty years later, my father, John Barnard and his brother used their engineering backgrounds to make significant improvements to the performance and durability of the Vitamix product line—further developing the technology that allows families to pass their cherished Vitamix machines from one generation to another. In 1985, they developed the first Vitamix commercial blender, the Mix'n Machine. My dad's vision then established us as the first high-performance blender in the foodservice industry—where our quality, performance and value continue to set the bar. Today, a full line of commercial Vitamix machines can be found in gourmet restaurants and leading chains around the world.
Some of the lessons we learned along the way are still with us today. We continue to persevere to create the highest-quality product through customer input and advanced technology. We are steadfast in creating a better future through family values and healthy, delicious food. And we are committed to improving the vitality of people's lives.
What Papa Barnard realized decades ago is now common knowledge: the world can be a healthier and better place through whole-food nutrition. It is not just our torch—it is a passion held by many. Please join us in changing the way the world thinks about food, quality products and customer service. We can make a bigger difference—together. You, too, can be a part of our story.
Jodi Berg, President
20/20 Promotions is a marketing agency that specializes in Brand Engagement and Performance Improvement. We develop marketing solutions – from strategy through implementation, to engage a company's employees, channel partners and customers with their brand to measurably improve business results. Part of our name, "20/20," comes from its intuitive association with perfect vision. Our belief is that effective marketing solutions are born from the vision to see beyond the obvious to what is possible. Seeing possibilities reflects our ability to envision effective solutions for solving marketing problems.
We define brand engagement as marketing solutions that produce a more meaningful and loyal relationship between a brand and its audiences, by delivering the brand in unique and creative ways, directly to the audience. To accomplish these objectives 20/20 Promotions is a single source integrator of all of the services required to deliver the solutions that we design.
We define performance improvement as marketing solutions that employ communication, incentives, rewards and recognition to drive attainment of business objectives through employee, business-to-business and business-to-customer channels.
TikiBarToGo.com is the manufacturer of Portable Tiki Bars and Tropical Display Units. We have been providing a high quality Tiki Bar at a reasonable price since 2003. Our expanded manufacturing facility is now located in Robbinsville, NJ.
Our unique Portable Tiki Bar is widely used by frozen drink vendors, caterers, and various companies wanting to draw attention to their products. Originally designed as a Tiki Bar to be taken to tailgating parties at Jimmy Buffett concerts, we soon found that we offer the only truly Portable Tiki Bar durable enough for commercial uses. This makes them perfect for catering, rentals or to provide a tropical theme and draw attention to your product.
We also offer a line of tropical display units, priced for quantity purchase. These units are popular with retail stores for product display and kiosks. The wine and spirit industry has found them useful for attention getting displays.
We are the portable catering unit supplier to Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffee and Smoothie franchisees with our tiki bars being used by operators nation-wide. We have also supplied 80 of our Tiki Bars to Miller Brewing Company for use as display units for a Miller Chill beer promotion at locations throughout Florida.
We have a solid reputation of working with our customers to quickly develop specialized products to fit their needs. This is possible because we are a locally based business with complete control over our design and manufacturing processes.
Today, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company has built on its signature taste and time-honored manufacturing processes to become America's premium chocolate company.
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You may be surprised how much you lose to processors who use deceptive practices to take advantage of you.
Heartland's commitment to transparency means you know exactly what you're paying on the day you sign your contract — and every day that follows. Our clear, concise statements help you track deposits, prevent rate increases and have greater control over your money. Whether your customers use credit, debit or prepaid cards, Heartland processes your transactions quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively.
Our many benefits include:
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Heartland Payroll Services offers you a complete, customizable, all-inclusive payroll solution and the only 3-year price guarantee in the industry. From payroll to attendance to benefit tracking, we'll take care of every last detail so you can focus on one very important detail — running your business.
Our COMPANY MISSION is to be the best provider of beverage equipment and services worldwide. The key measure of our success will be that we are the partner of choice for our customers, wherever they do business around the world. We will achieve this by providing the highest quality products, the most comprehensive service and support and the best total value to our customers, both commercial and retail. At all times we will continue to be guided by the shared values of Honesty, Integrity and Courtesy.
Our PRIMARY MISSION is to achieve a level of success that ensures the continuity of the business, enables us to support our families and ourselves, and creates opportunities for us to help others and contribute in a sustainable way to the world around us.
Understanding and responding to customer requirements has always been important to the Bunn-O-Matic Corporation (BUNN®). Founded upon five generations of family entrepreneurship, BUNN has become a global partner you can count on for profitable, reliable beverage equipment and outstanding post-purchase support wherever customers are served.
The company is committed to delivering the highest possible quality beverage in each cup through its complete line of dispensed beverage equipment including coffee brewers and grinders; liquid coffee dispensers, iced tea brewers; hot chocolate, granita, and juice machines; precise temperature water systems; water quality systems and paper filters.
BUNN assures high quality products by adhering to strict guidelines at production plants. This dedication to quality resulted in an upgrade in the manufacturing facilities' quality management registration through ISO 9001:2008.
With thousands of loyal commercial and home customers, the BUNN brand is synonymous with honesty, integrity, courtesy and quality, all of which work together to uphold the company's brand promise, A Partner You Can Count On™.
The global headquarters are located in Springfield, Illinois, USA, where the company strives for total customer satisfaction through superior equipment and unmatched customer service with support from plants and warehouses in five North American locations, as well as warehouses or offices in Mexico, Brazil, Germany, China and the United Kingdom.
Vice President, Training & Customer Service
With over 16 years at Kahala, Kerri has served all the brands under the Kahala banner through roles in Ops, Training and Customer Service. She has a business degree from the University of Colorado and spent years honing her skills in positions ranging from “corporate world” communications and finance to “hospitality world” restaurants, hotels and resorts. “I love service—and the energy and teamwork in restaurants, especially,” says Kerri, who appreciates being able to draw from her broad background to help create rewarding experiences for Kahala franchisees and customers. Kerri loves to cook, dabble in languages and create family memories on skiing and Overland adventures. And as a lifelong learner, she always has an audio book queued up on her phone.
Director of Training & Development
Working at the company for 13 years, Julie has over 25 years’ experience in the QSR industry, holding roles in Operations, Product Development, Distribution and Training. With a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin (Go Badgers!), she is intrigued by human behavior and can often be found sharing the latest social science or professional development article or webinar with her colleagues and friends. When not at work, Julie enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 daughters, listening to music and volunteering for the Girl Scouts.
Manager of Franchise Renewals and Transfers
Kira has been with Kahala Brands since September 2016. Her role at Maui Wowi includes helping franchisees through the Franchise Agreement renewal process and assisting with site reviews for retail locations. Prior to joining the Kahala team, she spent years working in management and franchise development for Massage Envy. Kira was born and raised in northern Utah and received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah. When she’s away from the office, she loves to read and spend time outdoors with her husband, Nathan. They are expecting their first child in Fall 2018.
Director of Franchise Transfers
Laura Barton was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan before attending the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology. She remained in Dayton for 6 years after graduating working as a Human Resources and Payroll Manager for a home health care agency before venturing off to Washington, D.C. where she was a paralegal at a family law firm. Laura decided she could no longer handle the cold winters on the east coast so what better place to go to get away from them than the desert?!? Laura moved to Phoenix, Arizona and joined the Kahala team in 2013 where she began as a Property and Lease Manager before moving her way up to Director of Franchise Transfers. When Laura is not working she enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, camping, or just plain relaxing with her husband and her two dogs.
Jill Summerhays is the founder of Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees and Smoothies. This mobile concept was created in 1983 when she started blending her own smoothie concoctions in an old wooden shack at fairs and festivals. She has a deep love for all things Hawaiian and developed the brand with that Aloha Spirit in mind. While whipping up fruit smoothies in that shack, she had no idea that her little part time business would grow into an international franchise organization! Jill’s forte and passion have always been having a clear, concise branding and growth strategy while maintaining the company’s unique qualities! In addition to protecting and promoting the Maui Wowi brand, Jill loves to hike on any nearby dirt trail- she’s especially devoted to the beautiful Wasatch, Tahoe, and Teton Mountain ranges!
Mike Weinberger began his professional career working as an attorney. In 2008 he began providing individuals with franchise and small business consulting which ignited his passion to help others realize their dream. In 2011, Mike decided to trade in his tie for a Hawaiian shirt and joined Maui Wowi Hawaiian as Vice President of Operations. It wasn't long before he had established himself as a leader within the company who was equipped with the necessary strategy and tools to take it to the next level. As CEO and now Brand President, Mike has worked directly with the franchisees and the entire system to help grow the business and implement new initiatives, while pushing the brand forward. Outside of being a company executive, Mike enjoys spending time with his son Zachary and wife Sarah.
Director of Franchise Support
Originally from Herndon, Kansas, with a population of approximately 100 people, Misty acquired a great sense of community and understands the importance of helping others. Those qualities have been transferred over into everything she does, including the high standard of support she offers to her operations team that helps franchisees. Misty plays an integral part in managing and improving existing systems such as training and event protection. Her role at Maui Wowi also involves overseeing and assisting mobile Maui Wowi franchisees, helping them to build and grow their individual businesses. In her free time, Misty enjoys riding motorcycles and going to concerts. With her relocation back to Herndon, she loves spending time with her nieces Avery and Rysley.
Mobile Opportunities and Franchise Development
Melissa started out with Maui Wowi as the Development Coordinator where she helped guide new franchisees into the system. She took a two year break where she lived in Germany traveling Europe and developing her marketing and communications skills working for a military newspaper. She couldn't resist the pull of the Aloha Spirit and now manages special projects and opportunities for the Maui brand. She works closely with current franchisees to grow their business and also works closely with broker organizations for franchise development. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Business Administration and enjoys snowshoeing, red wine and exploring new hiking trails with her golden retriever, Frank and husband, Dan.
Senior Project Manager
Matt is a Scottsdale, Arizona native who started his professional career working for the Hyatt Hotel Corporation while attending Arizona State University. After graduating in 2014 with a degree in Marketing, he went on to become a territory account manager for Milwaukee Power Tools. After 2 years of traveling across Arizona and New Mexico, he decided to get off the road and plant his feet as a project manager for Kahala Brands in March of 2016. Joining the Maui Wowi team in January 2017, Matt has taken on the Aloha Spirit by supporting the operations team with brand initiatives, writing communications and ensuring franchisees have all the tools they need to run their business successfully.
Senior Director of Research & Development
Michelle was born and raised in Chicago, IL before moving to Phoenix 4 years ago, having now worked with the Maui Wowi Brand for the past two years. She graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Food, Nutrition, & Dietetics and has broad industry experience spanning savory and sweet, industrial ingredients, and consumer packaged goods. She enjoys an active lifestyle of running, hiking, biking, yoga and spending time with her husband Ryan, English Bulldog Dublin, and their new baby boy Oliver!
National Marketing Manager
Helene graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and The University of Manchester with a master’s degree in Marketing. Prior to Kahala, Helene worked as an Account Executive for an advertising agency. She has been with Kahala Brands for close to 3 years on the Cold Stone Creamery and Great Steak team. She’s recently joined the Maui Wowi team and looks forward to supporting franchisees with new and exciting marketing initiatives. Helene loves spending time with her husband, Tyler, and her cat, Pants. Helene also loves to run outdoors and sail competitively with her dad.
Vice President of Marketing
Vice President of Distribution
Originally from Nebraska, Dawn began working at Maui Wowi in April of 2011 performing accounts payable duties and over the past seven years has transitioned into a Senior Accountant role. Prior to Maui Wowi, Dawn worked as an Accounts Payable Specialist for a major property management company in Denver. Dawn truly enjoys being a part of the Maui Wowi Brand Team and working with franchisees. When she's not at work, she is busy planning things to do with her husband and their three girls. Dawn relocated to the Scottsdale area a few years ago, and while she and her family love spending time outdoors and exploring new places, she misses the beauty of Colorado.
Lead Regional Director of Operations (RDO)
Tracy started her career with AT&T taking on roles like business to business sales, account management, and global product launches for seven years. She decided that sitting behind a desk wasn’t for her and started working in the food service industry with positions at Buffalo Wild Wings and Pepsi Co until finding her home in Phoenix at Kahala Brands. Since 2012, she has worked as a Regional Director of Operations with Kahala brands Cold Stone Creamery, Kahala Coffee Traders and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Now full time with Maui Wowi, she has enjoyed visiting franchisees in their field to understand how to help them grow. She enjoys outdoor activities and is a huge fan of all Cleveland and Ohio State sports. Go Buckeyes!
Regional Director of Operations (RDO)
Eric Weigel has been a RDO for Kahala Brands for a little over four years. Before being in this position, Eric was a multi-unit GM for many Cold Stone Creamery locations and other business ventures in Michigan for over a decade. Outside of his career, Eric enjoys spending time with his family, and living a healthy and fit lifestyle.
Regional Director of Operations (RDO)
Sandy Dukes is a spirit filled public speaker who enjoys working with diverse groups and ages. In the past twenty years, Sandy has worked for four major companies inclusive of Kahala Brands, Blimpie International, The Integral Group, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta. Sandy has a Bachelor degree in Sociology and has managed and trained teams in multiple industry operations. Recruitment of the right talent for sustainability is key in operating a successful team, and Sandy prides herself in being a part of such within Operations at Kahala Brands, LLC.
Regional Director of Operations (RDO)
Daniel most recently owned two Cold Stone Creamery franchises in the Raleigh, NC area. Prior to that, he worked for the CEO of a manufacturing company as the Director of Customer Service. He holds a BBA degree from Baylor University, an MBA from Colorado Tech, and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. Daniel loves spending time with his family. He has been married for 26 years to Jane and has 3 children - Mary Kate, Victoria and Jerry. Daniel is very active in his local church, working with middle and high school youth.
Director, Franchise Development
Adam is originally from Denver, CO; he and his family now live in Dallas, TX. After he and his wife married, they spent the next 3 years living in places like St. Lucia and Playa del Carmen, Mexico while working on resort development projects. In 2011, the couple settled back in Denver where Adam joined the Maui Wowi team for the first time. They made the move to Texas almost 5 years ago and spend their free time as a family on the golf course or tennis court. Their 5-year-old son is into all the typical sports, so weekends are filled driving him from event to event. Adam feels blessed to have spent the last 7 years consulting potential franchisees and is excited to be a part of the Maui Wowi team!
Sales Lead Qualifier
Kathy resides in Guilford, CT with her husband James and whippet mix puppy Brooklyn. They enjoy taking Brooklyn on long walks on the beach and are active in helping local dog rescues. She recently joined Maui Wowi as a Sales Lead Qualifier and previously worked for Edible Arrangements Corporate Office as Sales Lead Qualifier and a Key Account Business Executive. She is passionate and excited to help grow the Maui Wowi ‘Ohana!