Ours is a compelling story of two senior executives with unparalleled backgrounds in International QSR/Franchising Management choosing to sign a License Agreement to take Godfather’s Pizza to the world! They have more than 75 years in franchising having served as President, COO, VP, GMs for numerous brands for 40+ years total with over 3,000+ units.


Managing Director & Partner

Most recently, President & Senior Advisor, Food & Entertainment in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Led operational turnaround and expanded stores from 172 to 247.  From 2009-14, President, International for FOCUS Brands (following VP Operations 2005-09): Auntie Anne’s, Carvel, Cinnabon, McAlister’s Deli, Moe’s, Seattle’s Best Coffee, and Schlotzsky’s. Key accomplishments: Led the expansion into 53 foreign markets with a total of 1,200+ units. Achieved 3 consecutive years of 200+ net new openings.

Previously: VP Operations, Cinnabon & Seattle’s Best Coffee 2000-05; GM Popeyes Intl 1997-00. GM Hardee’s Intl 1987-97. Lived in Taiwan, Singapore and Saudi Arabia (twice).

Education: Indiana State University, University of North Carolina, Harvard University

Jerry W. Bell

Managing Director & Partner

Most recently, CEO, ZeeWise, the world’s leading provider of Franchise Business Intelligence software systems from 2006-17. From 1997-05, AFC Enterprises, 2 years as VP of Corporate International Business Development (Popeyes, Churchs, Chesapeake Bagel, Cinnabon, Seattle’s Best) and then 5 years as Division Chief Operating Officer/GM creating International Divisions for Cinnabon and Seattle’s Best Coffee, which grew to over 400 franchised units in 30 countries.

Previously: 15 years with The Coca-Cola Company as International Division VP/GM & CMO. Also, President, Campbell Soup Asia. Lived in Canada and Switzerland.

Education: B.S. Management, Georgia Institute of Technology; MBA, Harvard University