Who's Who: Vendor Bios Presenter Bios Team Bios

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.

Our Story and Commitment

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:

  • Fair Trade certification
  • USDA Organic certification
  • EPA Green Power Partnership
  • CORE Colorado
  • Colorado Proud
  • Coffee Kids business membership
  • Efficient recycling and composting program through Waste Farmers and Alpine Waste
  • Colorado Carbon Fund
  • 100% biodegradable packing peanuts
  • 100% wind power use through Xcel Energy
  • Industry's original heat recycling coffee roaster
  • Delivery vehicles fueled by Bio-diesel
  • Aveda caps recycling program
  • Big Green Box battery and electronic recycling program
  • State-of-the-art training facility built using many recycled and rapidly renewable products
  • Farm to Cup direct relationships coffees;
    • Guatemala
    • Colombia
    • Honduras
    • El Salvador
    • Brazil
  • Java Jogger of Rwanda
  • Local Charity Partners include:
    • Fetal Hope Foundation
    • Rescue Mission (AIR Foundation & Champa House)
    • Women's Bean Project
    • WHEE Preschool
    • Innervision
    • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
    • Mission Wear

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.

To your health and vitality,

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.

Payment Services | Card Processing

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:

  • Interchange plus pricing – identifying the true cost of every card that comes through your door.
  • Consolidate all your credit cards onto one statement and fund them all at the same time with our American Express®OnePoint Program.
  • Fund weekend deposits on Monday, and any batch before 5:00 PM, EST will deposit next day, regardless of the customer's bank relationship.
  • 250 National & State Associations recommend or endorse Heartland.
  • A U.S based service center with quick response 24/7/365, as well as local onsite technical account managers.

Business Services | Payroll

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.

We provide:

  • A Personal Payroll Specialist who is a one-stop resolution for all your customer service needs.
  • Transparent pricing with a 3-year price guarantee so you can count on one fixed rate with no fine print, no price increases and no surprises.
  • Paperless solutions that save merchants time and benefit the environment.
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  • Access to your payroll data conveniently and securely on the web from virtually anywhere, anytime with PlusOne Payroll.

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.

PRESENTER BIOS 2016

Rob and Jean McLean

Maui Wowi franchisee for 10 years. Rob & Jean currently own 2 empire agreements, 12 k-carts, a beverage truck and 1 catering unit. Rob & Jean joined the DRS team in Oct 2013.

They operate at various venues in Houston including 3 venues at NRG Park, University of Houston football and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion; averaging about 230 events per year, half of which are 6-8 k'carts locations per event. They also get the truck out as often as possible to local swim meets and other youth sports opportunities as well as parking lot events at NRG Park.

Alex Neville

Alex began working with Cold Stone Creamery in 2004 and became Brand President of Blimpie in late 2014. His focus within Kahala has been on operations, profitability and loss prevention and he has had the opportunity to work on nearly all of the Kahala brands in that time. Prior to Kahala Alex worked in full service restaurants, coffee shops, and point of sale companies. He likes to spend his free time with his dog Parker and doing about anything automotive that he can, from road trips to repairs.

Dr. Maya Warren

Dr. Maya Warren has been with Kahala Brands since January 2016. She works on the R&D teams for both Cold Stone Creamery (Tastemaster™) and Pinkberry. Her focus is on product innovation and extension as well as troubleshooting and product improvement. She is also the face of Cold Stone Creamery and Pinkberry. Prior to joining Kahala, Maya obtained her PhD in Food Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she studied the microstructure, behavioral, and sensorial properties of frozen aerated desserts. She also competed on and won the 25th season of the Emmy award winning reality television show, The Amazing Race. In her spare time, Maya enjoys traveling, working out, and spending time with family and friends.

**More Presenters To Be Announced**

TEAM BIOS 2016

Mike Weinberger

Brand President

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, his wife Sarah, and their two dogs.

Misty Hartner

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, going to concerts, and spending time with her niece, Avery.

Jaci Kuntz

Project Manager

Jaci started out with Maui Wowi as the Office Manager where she supported operations at the Mainland and provided assistance to our franchisees. She was then promoted to Project Manager following Maui Wowi joining the Kahala Brands family. Her previous experience in customer service and coordinating roles provided her with the appropriate skills for effective organization, as well as the ability to maintain a fun and friendly attitude in any situation. Rare to find, Jaci is a proud native of Colorado. She graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a B.A. in Hospitality Management and enjoys the outdoors, especially running and snowboarding.

Jenni Pollack

National Marketing Manager

After meeting many of the Mainland team members and falling in love with the brand's personality and mission, Jenni officially became part of the Maui Wowi `ohana at the beginning of 2016. As the brand's first National Marketing Manager, her role is to support and strengthen the brand as a whole, as well as to support franchisees on a local level to grow their sales and deepen customer engagement through marketing. Jenni has her MBA specializing in Marketing and Services Leadership and an undergraduate degree in Psychology, and she has done marketing and advertising across various industries including automotive, healthcare and lifestyle, plus most recently two years in franchising with global brand Cold Stone Creamery. A native of Arizona, Jenni actually prefers palm trees and beaches to cacti and desert. When she’s not spreading her passion for marketing and customer service, she can be found running, cooking, playing with her dogs or volunteering at the local county animal shelters.

Lauren Sullivan

PR and Content Manager

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Lauren attended Colorado State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations. Lauren began working at Maui Wowi over five years ago as our Marketing Intern and quickly transitioned into a more prominent role as our PR and Content Manager. True to the brand, she spent two years living and working remotely from Hawaii but has recently returned and now works from the Denver office. When she isn't working, she enjoys running, hiking, traveling, and photography.

Melissa Shock

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 Europe's on-base military newspaper. She couldn't resist the pull of the Aloha Spirit and is now back at Maui Wowi managing special projects and opportunities. She works closely with current franchisees to grow their business and also works with those interested in becoming Maui Wowi franchisees. She graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Business Administration and enjoys snowshoeing, red wine and exploring new hiking trails with her golden retriever, Frank.

Dawn Paxton

Staff Accountant

Originally from Nebraska, Dawn began working at Maui Wowi in April of 2011 performing accounts payable duties and over the past four years has transitioned into a Staff 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 Mainland and working with all of our franchisees. She is proud to be a part of the `ohana! When she's not at work, she is busy planning things to do with her husband and their three girls. They enjoy spending time outdoors, exploring new places and love the beauty of Colorado.

Tracy Timko

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 with 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. She recently joined the Maui Wowi team and looks forward to helping franchisees grow their business. She enjoys outdoor activities and is a huge fan of all Cleveland and Ohio State sports. Go Buckeyes!

Eric Weigel

Regional Director of Operations (RDO)

Eric Weigel has been a RDO for Kahala Brands for a little over two 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.

Sandy Dukes

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.

Blake Borwick

Regional Director of Operations (RDO)

Blake Borwick is the Regional Director of Operations for Kahala in the Midwest, supporting brands such as Cold Stone Creamery and Blimpie, in addition to Maui Wowi. Blake has been a Kahala RDO since March of 2014 and previous to that was a Cold Stone franchisee with stores in Cedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa. His hobbies include running, golfing and enjoying his kids' many activities.

Peter Bizoukas

Regional Director of Operations (RDO)

I have been with Kahala since October 2014. I have been in the restaurant business for 35 years . I am a self-taught guitar player and I love to read as well.

Michael Creef

Regional Director of Operations (RDO)

Michael has been with Kahala for three years and brings to the table over 40 years of restaurant experience. Michael is married with three daughters and 7 grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys golf, reading and baseball.

Simon Polihronidis

Regional Director of Operations (RDO)

Simon has been involved with multi-unit retail locations for 29 years now. He signed his first franchise agreement when he was 18 and owned multiple locations for about 11 years. Simon has been with Kahala for almost 10 years. Starting as a part-time Ice Cream maker for Cold Stone Creamery and working up to manager, area manager, corporate manager and most recently RDO. He prefers wearing board shorts and flip flops to a suit any day.