Our leadership, corporate team, and franchisees are on the same page. We are all determined to elevate the brand, build fans and grow. Our work ethic is fueled by the confidence in our team and franchisees because we believe that there truly is no limit where we can take our brand.
We are proud to have one of the most talented of teams in the restaurant industry with over 235 years of combined experience within our leadership. Most importantly, we place franchisee individual success as a top priority and have put the people and resources in place to maintain our fast pace momentum and fuel aggressive growth.
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Wan Kim is global Chief Executive Officer for Smoothie King, an international smoothie brand. Wan was Smoothie King's first international franchisee, opening a store location in South Korea in 2003. Over the next five years, he launched and grew the brand to more than 130 locations in that country. In 2012, Wan approached Smoothie King's founders, Steve and Cindy Kuhnau, to purchase the company. Since then, Wan has led this 40-year-old brand on a journey to rediscover the purpose of Smoothie King and has reinvigorated the brand's mission to inspire healthy and active lifestyles worldwide. His experience as a customer, a franchisee, and now a global CEO continues to help guide his journey as Smoothie King's leader.
President, Chief Operating Officer and Director
Mr. O'Keefe has been Smoothie King's President, Chief Operating Officer and a Director since January 2013. Before joining Smoothie King, Mr. O'Keefe held the positions of Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Anytime Fitness, LLC in Hastings, Minnesota, from March of 2010 until December 2012. Between January 2009 and February 2010, he was self-employed as an attorney in Covington, Louisiana. From March 2005 until January 2009, he was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc. in Heathrow, Florida. Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc. is the operator and franchisor of Ruth's Chris Steak House restaurants and Mitchell's/Columbus Fish Market and Mitchell's/Cameron's Steakhouse restaurants.
Chief Financial Officer
Brian Judge has been Smoothie King's Chief Financial Officer since November 2015. Before joining Smoothie King, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Buddy's Home Furnishings in Tampa, Florida from June 2013 to October 2015. Between January 2011 and May 2013, Mr. Judge was the CFO of ABX Healthcare in Lake Mary, Florida. Prior to that, he was the Vice President, Controller of Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc. in Winter Park, FL for five years, and previously held financial management positions at both Hasbro Inc. in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and Reebok International in Canton, Massachusetts.
Chief Development Officer
Kevin has been Smoothie King's Chief Development Officer since May of 2016. Prior to joining Smoothie King he was the managing member of Project Pie, LLC in Carlsbad CA from June of 2015 to May of 2016. Mr. King was Chief Development Officer of Papa Murphy's in Vancouver Washington from 2011-2015. Before that he held senior positions in Operations and Development since 2005. Mr. King has also had senior level positions with Chase and Donatos Pizza.
Vice President of Franchise Development
Dan Hannah has been Smoothie King's Vice President, International Business Development since February 2014. Prior to joining Smoothie King, he was the owner of AmeriKoncepts, LLC in New York, New York from September 2010 until February 2014. Mr. Hannah was President of Global Franchise Development at Romano's Macaroni Grill in Dallas, Texas from February 2010 to August 2010. Before that he was Vice President of New Business Development for Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc. in Winter Park, Florida from June 2004 to January 2010.
Vice President of Operations
Brad West has been Smoothie King's Vice President, Operations since September 2014. Before joining Smoothie King, Mr. West held the position of Chief Operating Officer for ACG Pizza Partners, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia from March 2013 until July 2014. Between February 2011 and March 2013, he was Senior Vice President of Non-Traditional Business for Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. in Lakewood, Colorado. Prior to that, he held the position of Senior Vice President of Operations from January 2006 to February 2011, also with Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. in Lakewood, Colorado.
Vice President of Product Development
Rocky is a 22 year veteran of Smoothie King through his career he has work in Store Opening, Operations, Training, Research and Development and Purchasing. In recent years Rocky has been primarily focused on R&D and Purchasing and lead both those departments. Many of our best-selling smoothies have been created by teams Rocky has lead and he has a reputation as a very tough negotiator. In addition to his duties at Smoothie King Franchises, Inc. Rocky and his wife have owned a franchise location in New Orleans for many years.
Vice President of Marketing
Chris Miller joined the Smoothie King Leadership Team in November of 2015. Miller brings multi-unit franchise experience gained from YUM Brands, where he rose to Vice President of Brand Marketing for Taco Bell. He subsequently served as Chief Marketing Officer for Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, a high growth fast casual chicken chain. His new role at Smoothie King is centered on increasing the brand's industry-leading same store sales growth with innovative and franchisee-friendly marketing programs and developing new store opening marketing plans in both current and new markets.
Vice President of Business Integration and Technology
Betsy Riggs has been with Smoothie King since October 2013, previously serving as the Director of Business Systems. She brings over 15 years of restaurant experience from Ruby Tuesday and T.G.I. Friday's. Her new role will allow her to utilize her experience in restaurant development, finance and IT to facilitate cross-functional process improvement, provide a frictionless order and pay process for Smoothie King guests and provide new tools to help franchisees maximize unit profitability.
Byoung Hoon (Paul) Ahn
Vice President of Finance
Paul Ahn has been Smoothie King's Vice President of Finance since he joined the company in May of 2013. He previously held the positions of CEO and CFO at ZNP Creative Co., Ltd. in Seoul, South Korea from August 2007 to February 2013. Prior to that Mr. Ahn was a Portfolio Manager in the Treasury Department of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd in South Korea from July 2002 to July 2007.
Bret Cunningham, CFE
Vice President of Design & Construction
Bret Cunningham has been the Vice President of Design & Construction at Smoothie King since January 2014. He has held several prior positions, most recently as the Vice President of International from April 2013 to January 2014 and Director of Design & Construction from November 2012 until April 2013. Mr. Cunningham was also Store Design & Construction Manager from November 2008 until November 2012. Prior to joining Smoothie King in November of 2008, he served in various positions in his 8 years with Starbucks Coffee Company in Seattle, Washington in their Store Development Global Strategy, Design, and Construction Departments.
Vice President of Human Resources, Training and Education
Katherine Meariman has been with Smoothie King for over 18 years holding positions in Accounting, Marketing, Training and Operations. Recently, Katherine's focus is on Training and Human Resources with the implementation of Smoothie King's learning management system "The Blend".
Vice President of Supply Chain
Barbara Mayrand is the Vice President of Supply Chain. She joined Smoothie King in August 2013. She has been in the Food and Beverage Industry 35 years starting out on the Operations side of the business before moving into Purchasing and Supply Chain. Barbara is experienced in virtually all aspects of Supply Chain, from Food Manufacturing, Chain Distribution, Logistics, and Quality Control. Immediately prior to Smoothie King, Barbara was the Director of Purchasing at Overhill Farms in Vernon, CA from April 2012 to August 2013. Between January 2007 to April 2012 she was the Director of Purchasing for Okami/Fuji Food Products in Santa Fe Springs, CA . Prior to that, she was the Director of Purchasing for The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Los Angeles, CA from September 1994 to September 2006. A native of Seattle, Washington who enjoys Cycling and Scuba Diving in her off time.
Joe Lewis has been Smoothie King's Vice President and General Counsel since January of 2013 and has over 20 years of business and legal experience in franchising and the food and beverage industry. Before joining Smoothie King, Mr. Lewis was President & CEO of Sicily's Italian Buffet from March 2001 until January 2013. Mr. Lewis also served on the Board of Directors and as President & CEO of Smoothie King from June 1997 to August 2000 and Vice Present and General Counsel from March 1994 to June of 1997. Mr. Lewis has achieved the Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) designation from the International Franchise Association (IFA), and has served on the IFA Franchise Relations and Corporate Counsel committees. Prior to his corporate franchisor positions, Mr. Lewis was a practicing attorney with a concentration in franchising and business law. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Louisiana State University (LSU) Law School. He began his undergraduate studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, and obtained his degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, graduating Cum Laude, with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration, majoring in Finance.