Chief Executive Officer, Director
As a co-founder of Johnny Rockets, Sugarman was one of the first to sign on when the restaurant chain started franchising in 1986. Because of his success as a multi-unit franchise operator, Lloyd was asked to join the corporate team of Johnny Rockets to help the company duplicate his success throughout the franchise system. He then went on to open additional Johnny Rockets restaurants with his son, which, today continue to be among the chain’s highest-grossing locations. As a creative innovator and forward thinker, Lloyd is credited with introducing dancing servers, food court restaurant locations and a meatless hamburger that revolutionized the Johnny Rockets brand.
In 2010, Sugarman became an Area Developer, opening multiple Original SoupMan franchises across the country. Lloyd was the brains behind the creation of the Al’s New York Delicatessen & Restaurant concept, which features the world renowned Original SoupMan soups and a full authentic NY delicatessen menu.
Lloyd has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career for his entrepreneurial achievements, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in his native Cranston, RI. He has received numerous highest sales volume awards from Johnny Rockets corporate and was named Franchisee of the Month in 2012 by Restaurant Business magazine. He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hamilton School in Rhode Island for his dedication to working with and improving the quality of life for children with learning disabilities. With “Quality of Food Worth Serving” as a mantra, Lloyd takes pride in winning the best hamburger in the market for eight years in a row in Providence, RI, and says his major attraction to Original SoupMan was the delicious, quality soup products. Lloyd also serves on the Advisory Board for the Multi-Unit Franchising Conference.
President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer
Mr. Bertrand is our President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. He has held that position since inception of the Company. He has been the President and Chief Financial Officer of Soupman, Inc. and Soup Kitchen International since November 2004. For the two years prior to this, he was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of a startup manufacturer of healthy, indulgent chocolate products sold under the brand name of “SOBE.” From 2000 to 2002, he was a partner in Bullard Financial, Inc., a financial services company specializing in strategic financial planning for small businesses, their owners, and their officers. Mr. Bertrand spent 20 years with two publicly traded companies, Industrial Acoustics Company, Inc. (from 1990 to 2000) and Bairnco Corporation (from 1980 to 1990), starting as accounting manager and ultimately ending up as CFO and Senior Vice-President of Finance and Administration. In 1977, he started his professional career with Singer & Lusardi, a medium-sized CPA firm located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Mr. Bertrand holds a BS in Accounting from Northeastern University and a Masters from Columbia University.
Sr. Vice President Franchise, Secretary, Director
Mr. Rubano joined our management team as Senior Vice President of Franchise Development and Operations. Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors in January 2010. He has over 25 years of franchise and restaurant experience. He was a member of Soup Kitchen International Board of Directors from 2003 until 2006. For the four years before joining our company, he was President of Ranch*1, a grilled chicken franchise, and for the last two years before joining us, President of Johnny's NY Pizza, a full service restaurant franchise, and Rollerz Wraps, a quick service salad and wrap franchise, all owned by Kahala Corporation. Prior to that, he held various positions within Kahala Corporation which included; Vice President of Blimpie/Hess Account, Director of Operations, and Franchise Sales. Kahala Corporation is the franchisor of over 3,000 restaurants under the names of Cold Stone Creamery, Ranch*1, Blimpie, Surf City Squeeze, Taco Time, Johnny's NY Pizza, Samurai Sam’s, The Great Steak and Potato Co., N'rgize and Frulatti Café. He was previously the Director of Franchise Operations for Ranch*1 from November 1996 through August 2001.
Mr. Rubano brings to the board substantial experience in and perspective on consumer marketing, business operations and the food industry. Mr. Rubano brings to the board of directors extensive knowledge of our industry, having served in senior corporate positions in various food companies. His business experience provides him with a broad understanding of the operational, financial and strategic issues facing companies in our industry.
J. Timothy Gannon
Culinary and Business Development Advisor, Chairman of the Board
Tim Gannon, the co-founder of Outback Steakhouse, Inc. is an extremely successful businessman, great sportsman and a staunch polo sponsor. He is the creator of the “Bloomin’ Onion” recipe, and many of the other dishes on Outback’s menu. An alumnus of Florida State University, he studied art history and dreamed of being a museum curator which took him to Florence, Italy, where he became a tour guide for an art gallery. He then went to Aspen, Colorado where he developed his passion for food and cooking. The French chef at the Four Seasons Hotel had offered to train him to be his assistant.
Over the next 14 years he worked at Steak & Ale for Norman Brinker, and then Al Copeland hired Tim to help operate his Copeland’s Cajun Cafe’ in New Orleans. In 1987 Tim sold his saddle for $250.00 and arrived in Tampa with $37.00 in his pocket when Bob Basham and Chris Sullivan asked him to become their partner and launch a new restaurant concept that became known as Outback Steakhouse. He has served in various senior management capacities at Outback Steakhouse since he co-founded it, and currently serves as a Director Emeritus of OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC, the company which currently owns Outback Steakhouse. In 1994, Inc. Magazine named Tim Gannon Entrepreneur of the Year. In 1999, The Florida Restaurant Association honored him with its “Lifetime Achievement Award”. In the year 2000, Tim received an honorary Doctorate Degree in Business Administration and Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University. He is also a member of the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame. In 2009, he was inducted into the U.S. Business Hall of Fame along with his partners Chris Sullivan and Bob Basham. In 2011 he launched “Kettle Comfort, Cooking for America” based in West Palm Beach which is Chef inspired food that will be delivered to thousands of hungry or nutrition deprived people each day.