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Burgers - What Is Under the Bun?

  • Restaurant Brokers Ask...Whats Under the Bun?
  • The Restaurant Brokers interview Burger experts!
  • Restaurant Reality: Burgers, the American Classic

Are you looking to franchise your company overseas? How do you know when you are ready? What are the challenges of international expansion versus domestic expansion and where can you get help? This week, the restaurant brokers along with CEO of Buffalo's Cafe and CEO of YoBlendz and JuiceBlendz tackle international franchising.

Industry Guests Join the Restaurant Brokers

George Frangos
George Frangos
Restaurateur-partner George Frangos brought an immense amount of restaurant industry knowledge to the success of opening Farm Burger, having previously worked as a part of the Concentrics Hospitality Group management team and as owner/ operator of Victory 96 State Street in Portsmouth, NH. Through years spent at two of the nation’s first and finest locavore restaurants, Peter Hoffman’s Manhattan institution, Savoy, and Nora Poullon’s Restaurant Nora in Washington, D.C., Frangos developed a commitment to seasonality and sustainability. 
  • 404-815-9327 Phone
  • gbfrangos@gmail.com Email
  • www.farmburger.net Website
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David Rev Ciancio
David Rev Ciancio
David “Rev” Ciancio is a senior creative professional with 19 years experience in marketing and business development. After graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications, and a minor in Social Sciences, he moved to the New York area to begin his career. 

Currently Rev is the Director of Marketing for Burger Maker, a family owned and operated gourmet ground beef processor located in Carlstadt, NJ. Burger Maker's high quality ground beef can be found in grocery stores and restaurants under the brand name "Schweid & Sons," which Rev helped to create and launch. His role is to take his passion for hamburgers and match it with his years of experience in branding and hospitality marketing. Restaurants like Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Fuddruckers, BurgerFi and Tasty Burger use Schweid & Sons ground beef.

In 2012, Rev founded and produced the first-ever NY Burger Week. The Burger Week is now an annual seven day celebration of hamburgers happening in New York City, South Florida & Charleston, SC. Each week features a series of burger-themed events including the annual NY Burger Crawl.
Rev comes to Burger Maker from Cardlytics, which partners with major financial institutions to target consumers based on their shopping behavior by placing relevant, target local advertising on their electronic banking  statements. The most notable Cardlytics program is Bank of America’s “BankAmeriDeals,” where Rev specialized in  multi-unit restaurant and grocery marketing.

Prior to joining Cardlytics, Rev worked on business development as the Partnership Development and Sales Manager for Thrillist, where he established partner relationships within entertainment, nightlife and dining industries to create unique event programming and compelling offers for Thrillist Rewards subscribers. 

He also co-owns Idle Hands Bar in New York City’s East Village, where he serves as the CMO and Beer Sommelier, oversees all marketing and public relations and manages social media, promotions and the bar’s website. The bar is known for a large selection of rotating craft beers and bourbons, diverse events—including beer and bourbon lessons and pairing dinners, as well as concert after-parties, bar crawls and holiday parties.

Rev is the founder of Yeah! Management, an entertainment and hospitality industry marketing agency. Yeah! specialized in business development/brand consulting, community and social media consulting, event marketing, and artist management/development. Through Yeah!, Rev developed customized marketing and sales programs for clients to increase brand awareness. Rev also developed and executed special events, including concerts, music festivals, pop-up shops and food and beverage tasting events. Yeah! was a partnership with Artist Arena, one of the world’s most prominent VIP and luxury fan club ticketing services. Rev worked as Artist Arena’s business development and sales account manager.

Before starting Yeah! Management, Rev was a principal at The Music Syndicate for more than a decade. The “Syn” is an independent marketing and consulting agency specializing in the promotion of consumer products, music artists, comedians, movies, television, live events, and lifestyle trends.
When Rev is not hard at work with his clients or spending time with his wife Cara, a professional author, he is a prominent food blogger. Rev created and manages one of the top burger blogs in world, Burger Conquest. As part of Burger Conquest, he also organizes and hosts the New York City Wing-Off. Rev has even appeared on numerous different television shows including The Learning Channel’s Cake Boss, where he and Idle Hands were featured in an episode.
  • 646.481.2874 Phone
  • Rciancio@burgermaker.com Email
  • http://schweidandsons.com Website
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John Abdo
John Abdo
John Abdo, 31, is the President/CEO of My Burger USA, Inc. He has been “Chief Burger Enthusiast” at My Burger since 2006, after taking over operations of his parents’ lunch-time burger joint upon graduating from the University of Notre Dame. Working to refine his family’s burger business model, he knew he had to start from the ground up and learn every angle of running the restaurant. After 5 years, it was time to expand the brand, and John opened the second My Burger restaurant in Minneapolis, MN in 2011, with the thought of capturing the Midwest better-burger market. Currently, he overseas all aspects of the small chain, and is looking towards building a formidable, sustainable and successful burger business in the Midwest US. 
  • 612.382.9505 Phone
  • john@myburgerusa.com Email
  • www.myburgerusa.com Website
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