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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.

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 role. 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.

Marc Sawyer

Vice President of Purchasing, Food & Beverage

Mr. Sawyer joined World of Beer in December 2010 after spending several years in the finance sector. Starting as a Product Manager at one of the original WOB locations, his career led him to the role of Beverage Director and now his current role. Mr. Sawyer has been instrumental in the development of WOB’s food & beverage purchasing strategy that includes category management, innovation, supplier management and operational support.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 role. 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.

Mr. Sawyer joined World of Beer in December 2010 after spending several years in the finance sector. Starting as a Product Manager at one of the original WOB locations, his career led him to the role of Beverage Director and now his current role. Mr. Sawyer has been instrumental in the development of WOB’s food & beverage purchasing strategy that includes category management, innovation, supplier management and operational support.

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