EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

Paul Avery

CEO and 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, Cheesebruger 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

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

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

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.

Andy Zahn

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Zahn has nearly two decades of financial planning, analysis and strategy experience. Most recently, he served as EVP and Chief Financial Officer of WilsonHCG in Tampa, Florida and was responsible for building out the financial infrastructure for the company, conducting M&A transactions and integrations and communicating with the team's Private Equity partners. Prior to that, he was Managing Director at Tunstall Consulting, Inc., leading corporate strategic and financial planning engagements and performing capital raising activities with the institutional financial markets. Mr. Zahn is a Certified Public Accountant.

Donald Everts

Vice President of International Development

Mr. Everts is a former Vice President of Operations for Outback Steakhouse International where he worked with OSI Restaurant Partners for 23 years. He originally served as a Joint Venture Partners for South Texas with Outback Steakhouse before taking over the role of Operations Director for the International branch of OSI. His responsibilities included the development of restaurants in over 30 countries. His knowledge of local market implementation of the company's operating brand standards allowed Outback to become a leader in the casual dining segment World-wide

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. 

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