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Paul Avery - CEO and President

Paul Avery, CEO & President

Mr. Avery served as Chief Operating Officer of OSI Restaurant Partners, Inc. from May 2005-2009, including operation of Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Lee Roy Selmon’s, A la Carte Pavilion and Outback International. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Outback Steakhouse, Inc. in January of 2004 and served as President of Outback Steakhouse, Inc. since April of 1997.

Ben Novello - Chief development officer and co-owner

Ben Novello, Chief Development Officer & Co-Owner

A 25-year industry veteran and former President of Outback Steakhouse, Mr. Novello has planned and developed several hundred successful restaurant locations around the country. Having direct responsibility for every aspect of a multi-billion dollar brand, he has experience in supporting a diverse team of professionals with result-oriented strategies.

Jim Pollard - Principal of World of Beer
Jim Pollard, Principal

Mr. Pollard is a former Regional Joint Venture Partner for Outback Steakhouse, Inc., responsible for introducing and developing the Outback brand in both southeast and west coast Florida markets. Upon his retirement from Outback Steakhouse he was the first recipient of an award named in his honor, The Jim Pollard “Putting People First” Award, now an annual award presented to the top performing Area Manager in the company.

James Buell - Chief brand and innovation officer
James Buell, Chief Brand & Innovation Officer

Mr. Buell joined World of Beer as VP of Marketing in February 2018 after 13 years as Global Brand Manager for Hard Rock International. James was an instrumental contributor to Hard Rock’s year-over-year EBITDA improvement for 10 consecutive years. He has experience working with 200+ locations in over 75 countries with a focus in entertainment, hospitality, brand, digital, philanthropy, and retail.

Jason Kalichak, Vice President of Information Technology

Mr. Kalichak joined World of Beer in 2018 as Director, Systems and Technology.  Over the past 30 years, Jason held a wide range of IT leadership roles at Bloomin Brands, Insight Direct USA, and Catalina Marketing.  He spent 5 years traveling abroad to provide technical oversight for International business ventures, and, was based in The UK for 18 months.  Jason has wide-ranging experience in leading technology enabled services for large-scale, complex projects.

Tony Cline - vice president of operations
Tony Cline, Vice President of Operations

Mr. Cline brings over 30 years of industry experience to World of Beer, most recently as a Joint Venture Partner in Outback Steakhouse for the Maryland area. He has worked in all facets of the restaurant business – most notably with Chili’s and Outback – and has extensive leadership experience both in successfully opening locations, foreign and domestic, in new markets and overseeing multi-unit operations.


Marc Viglio, Vice President of Finance

Mr. Viglio joined World of Beer in February 2013 after five years in Accounting and Finance at Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. His WOB career has progressed from Analyst to Controller to his current roll. Mr. Viglio’s dedication to excellence has been essential in developing World of Beer’s analytics and accounting systems. With over fifteen years of industry experience, his extensive knowledge enables World of Beer to continue its strong path forward.


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Over 50 WOB locations across North America and Asia

Retail dollar sales of craft beer increased 8%, up to $26 billion, and now account for more than 23% of the $111.4 billion U.S. beer market

World of Beer year-to-date company sales up over 3%