Mr. Robert (Bob) Taft is an accomplished CEO and senior executive of leading restaurant chains, consistently delivering results by improving the organizational culture, commitment, and overall image to increase shareholder value. His extensive knowledge of how to jumpstart, build, and turnaround struggling operations through marketing, branding, franchise development, and operations excellence was gained through firsthand experience. He applies strong business acumen and distinct leadership abilities, using enthusiastic energy and a collaborative approach to develop long-term vision and execute strategy. The pursuit of excellence to develop challenging opportunities in the restaurant industry energizes Bob. At present, Bob is the owner of Taft Interests, a restaurant entrepreneur acquiring and improving select brands. Previously he was CEO of Boston Restaurant Associates. He has also served as a Board Member since 2004. During his 8-year tenure, he made impressive gains, growing sales to $30M annually by optimizing performance of 18 Regina Pizzerias and 3 Polcari’s full-service Italian-American restaurants. By providing brand essence and a clear vision for the future, Bob increased sales at converted Sbarro stores by 30% over comparable units. In 2001, Bob founded Sonofresco, an innovative manufacturer and marketer of laptop coffee roasters, where he grew sales from $0 to $2M in just 12 months. In 2002 the success of this profitable company led to the purchase of the franchisor of the drive-thru coffee/espresso chain, Caffino, Inc. Over the next several years, he reinvigorated flat sales by creating a distinctive brand identity for Caffino that increased EBITDA 27%. For 3 years, Bob served as Chief Operating Officer of Fuddruckers, Inc. During this time he doubled EBIDTA and realized double-digit sales gains by rebranding 220 restaurants with a new urban concept and menu that increased guest traffic and average ticket sales volume. Previously, Bob was selected as President of Au Bon Pain where he positioned the division for high valuation and subsequent sale by designing new signature products, establishing a holistic talent development process, and expanding incremental café sales by 40%. Prior to this, Bob served as President & CEO of Papa Gino’s, a 230-unit pizza/Italian chain spanning 5 states. During his tenure he transformed struggling operations on the verge of shutdown to become New England’s leading fast Italian restaurant. In 1988, Bob was Executive VP & COO of Skipper’s Inc. where he rebuilt profitability of this +200-unit restaurant chain, erasing a $1M deficit and earning a $2M return to rank #1 among fast-service seafood restaurants in the Northwest. Earlier in his career while running other chains, Bob served as Chairman of the Board & Majority Shareholder of Paradise Bakery Franchise Group for 12 years. Additionally he was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for Mazzio’s Corporation, which included 300 pizza restaurants and was Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for A&M Food Services comprised of 160 Pizza Hut restaurants. Bob obtained his B.S. degree in Hotel Administration with minors in Journalism and Marketing from the University of New Hampshire in Durham. His post-graduate studies include coursework in Nutrition, Advertising, Media Buying, Computers, Real Estate and Marketing from the United Kingdom Marketing Symposium. Bob Taft is a driven consummate executive whose career achievements are the result of exceptional leadership talents combined with a passion for identifying and capitalizing on opportunities in both turnaround and high growth situations. He brings game-changing approaches, solutions, and perspectives to the table that invigorate team members to collaborate to define, develop, and deliver dynamic brand transformation programs.