OUR TEAM AND COLLEAGUES
Kevin Moll, President
Kevin was the originator and founder of the global brand, “Mystery Shoppers” in 1989 and has been in literally thousands of hospitality operations worldwide. He is the author of, “Everything you need to know about the restaurant business” and a contributing writer to the industry. He was the founder and CEO of another nationwide restaurant consulting company, he’s been a multi-unit restaurant owner/operator, he directed food service at the 1984 World’s Fair, was CEO of five food service corporations, and currently sits on three boards. When he’s not at his desk or working with a client, he’s a dual-sport long distance motorcyclist, saltwater fisherman, and culinary aficionado. Kevin and his family reside in Denver, Colorado.
Jeremy Abbey, CEC, CEPC, CCE, CCA Culinary Consultant
Certified Executive Chef, Certified Executive Pastry Chef, Certified Culinary Educator, Certified Culinary Administrator. Chef Jeremy has won multiple international medals in culinary competitions including the Culinary World Cup and the 2016 Culinary Olympics. He is quadruple certified by the American Culinary Federation and he brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and skill to the table. A long history of working in all aspects of the culinary field, from fine dining to polished casual, quick serve to pop-ups, his focus for more than 20 years has always been on trend setting menu developments, staff training, system/program development and controlling cost to achieve aggressive margins. His unique style will enhance your culinary operations, engage your employees and drive new sales & profits all while delighting every guest.
Preston Rideout, Liquor and Alcohol Operations Consultant
Preston Rideout is one of America’s leading bar operations experts with 21 years of experience opening, operating and owning bars, nightclubs and restaurants across America, the Bahamas and in Mexico. His expertise is highly regarded among casino executives, distillers, bar owners, architects and nightclub management companies. Whether it’s working with a small tavern or an extravagant club operation, his methodology is straight forward. He identifies problems, provides solutions and creates operating systems. Over the past two decades, he’s climbed his way to the top by throwing 2,000 person parties, managing multi-unit high volume Vegas nightclubs, regionally directing multi-state restaurant and bar operations, conducting forensic accounting audits, redesigning bars for maximum ergonomics and providing consulting. Preston is the bar expert other consultants call when they need a solution.
Steven Kaufman, Restaurant Consultant
Steven has over 25 years of success in owning and opening restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Steve earned a B.S. in Marketing, Finance & a minor in Economics from Syracuse University. From there he decided to pull up his roots in New Jersey and after settling in Vail in 1991, he created the successful sports bar, Altitude Billiards & Sports Club. Shortly thereafter, he created The Tap Room, a highly successful gastro pub through 2013, which was recognized nationally and internationally. His next creation was the Sanctuary Night Club, a cutting edge Ultra Club serving high end bottle service, hosting elite parties and catering banquets. In the fall of 2006, a previously owned Mexican restaurant, which had been closed down, caught his eye. He bought the building and opened a brand new restaurant, Red Mountain Grill. Completely redesigned, he created this new concept then opened it in an unheard of 35 days. Steven celebrated its 10th year anniversary in 2016. As an entrepreneur, he has crafted plans to capitalize on market opportunities with business savvy, quickly and accurately assessing the merits and risks in complex business scenarios. Steven specializes in driving execution and his clients appreciate his expertise earned from many years of successful ownership experience.
Ian Geralds, Restaurant Consultant
Ian has used big picture thinking to earn multiple awards for traffic growth, throughput, and operational improvement. He has also authored multiple boot camp teaching seminars around restaurant operations, used by many companies to grow their footprint and margins. From prototype design through SWOT, P&L and industry analytics, Ian is a superior strategist, knows and loves the restaurant industry more with each day, and is widely regarded as the one to call when his peers have reached an obstacle that “can’t” be overcome. Ian is an impactful and growth oriented restaurant consultant with over 20 extraordinary years of fine dining and casual dining experience. He has excelled in roles in operations, training, tactical strategy, shared services and consultation, and has the pleasure of working all over the country while living the restaurant and hospitality industry from the inside out.
Ken Hollowell, Franchise Consultant
Ken Hollowell is President/CEO of Profrancorp that provides consulting, development and marketing services in the fields of franchising and non-traditional methods of funding. Mr. Hollowell is one of the most sought after consultants in these fields and has clients worldwide. Mr. Hollowell has written several books on franchising, hosted a radio talk show for many years, is an expert witness, and has lectured for the Federal Trade Commission, SBA, SCORE and is frequently a keynote speaker at conventions. Mr. Hollowell is the former CEO of the Los Angeles Music Awards and currently sits on 6 boards.
Ashley Schmidt, Payroll and Employee Services
Ashley represents Valiant Solutions, a Nationwide Service for Restaurant Operators of All Size and Types. Valiant is the industry thought leader and preferred Human Capital Management Payroll Solution vendor in the Hospitality industry. Because the company was built by operators for operators, Valiant has positioned itself as a leading provider of payroll, tax filing, for restaurants of all sizes. These days restaurants are faced with some of the most difficult compliance challenge, often causing confusion and frustration in the back of the house. High minimum wages, ACA Reporting, Tip Reporting, City-Specific Regulations, and Requirements of Department of Labor are just a few. Ashley is equipped with the expertise and the answers to meet these challenges head-on.
Mike Allen, Attorney
Michael K. Allen is a business law attorney who has counseled individuals and companies of all sizes with respect to entity planning and formation, and on business and real estate transaction matters. Mr. Allen has vast legal knowledge in the structuring and operations of businesses and companies in a variety of industries and sectors. Many of his clients are retail and service businesses, real estate owners and developers. He is very familiar with the challenges that face a start-up company and can navigate entrepreneurs through the legal steps involved in the start-up process, including advice on founder’s stock and equity based compensation structures. Mr. Allen also has extensive experience in advising clients on ongoing management, employee policies and operation issues.
Adam Stapen, Attorney, Dill, Dill, Car, Stonbraker and Hutchings, P.C. Denver, CO
Mr. Stapen concentrates his practice primarily in federal and state alcoholic beverage licensing, hospitality law, real estate and related commercial matters. He represents distilleries, rectifiers, breweries, wineries, importers, wholesalers, hotels, restaurants, bars, night clubs, golf courses, convenience stores and retail liquor stores throughout the State of Colorado in securing and protecting their liquor licenses, navigating regulatory and land use issues, in the negotiation and drafting of commercial and real estate transactions, and in the purchase and sale of their businesses. Adam handles all of the liquor-related matters for Restaurant Consulting Services.
Eric Swick, Swick & Associates, P.C.– Accounting & Payroll Services
With ties that reach back 35 years, Swick & Associates, P.C. has been serving businesses in Colorado and beyond with superior service and personalized attention. We specialize in working with small to medium size companies that benefit from our collaborative philosophy. While we have a concentration of clients in the restaurant industry that has made us a leading authority in this service niche, we also work with a wide variety of businesses in the manufacturing, service, retail and wholesale segments. We have a 10+ year relationship with Restaurant Consulting Services and are happy to provide full-service accounting, tax and payroll services for many of their clients.
Phil Kubat, Berkshire Hathaway Commercial Real Estate
Mr. Phil Kubat. Real estate services for buyers and sellers. Phil Kubat is the Commercial Division Manager at Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate of the Rockies, a commercial real estate brokerage firm with three office locations in the Front Range of Colorado. With his market knowledge and experience, Phil provides corporate real estate services to tenants, landlords and developers. Phil specializes in: Tenant & Buyer Representation, Corporate, Franchise and Franchisee Location Services, Co-Brokering with Franchise and National Firms, Office, Industrial/Flex & Retail Site Selection. Phil’s services include real estate advisory, site selection, strategic planning, incentive negotiations, development consulting and financial analysis. As a commercial agent, Phil is responsible for providing clients of Restaurant Consulting Services with a streamlined and unparalleled real estate experience.
Melissa Woo-Allen, Attorney in intellectual property, trademarks and licensing
Melissa has counseled individuals and companies of all sizes with protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, including, trademark, copyrights and right of publicity. Melissa has also counseled individuals and companies with respect to various other corporate transactional needs, including, drafting and negotiating contracts, including non-disclosure agreements, consulting agreements, license agreements for trademarks, copyrights, and software usage, terms and conditions, and vendor agreements. She handles the IP needs for several Restaurant Consulting Services clients.
Darold Douglas, Insurance
Denver-based Douglas Insurance Group provides a wide range of insurance services, including liquor liability and workman’s compensation. As a brokerage representing many carriers, Douglas Insurance Group provides top quality rates and services to many clients of Restaurant Consulting Services.
Chris Cantwell, Transworld Business Advisors of Colorado
Chris Cantwell is a Certified Business Intermediary with Transworld Business Advisors of Colorado. He brings 20 years of small business experience to Transworld and procured the title of Broker of the Year in 2016 due to his outstanding ability to serve his clients. While Chris is diverse in his transactional experience he especially enjoys working with B2B service companies and is well connected in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Transworld Business Advisors of Colorado is the top business brokerage firm in Colorado serving the entire State. Our team of business brokers has the widest range of business listings for sale in Colorado, inclusive of 150+ listings annually. At Transworld, we assist visionary entrepreneurs in the buying and selling of businesses, specializing in helping family-owned and closely held businesses with their strategic plans for the future. Transworld is a trusted team of advisors for our clients, our community, as well as each other. We are in a position of high trust, so we hold ourselves accountable, do what we say, and act respectfully to our clients, partners, and team in order to maintain that trust. Transworld’s aim is to be a trusted professional for our clients by going above and beyond their expectations while providing a secure, confidential and innovative approach to serving entrepreneurs in the Colorado community.
Restaurant Consulting Services, Inc. is proud to offer our clients one of the strongest advisory teams in the country. Some of the people listed above provide outside, third-party functions that Restaurant Consulting Services (RCSI) may not directly provide or be responsible for, such as accounting, brokerage, legal or insurance. If you would like to contact any of the people listed above, kindly send us a quick note and we are happy to provide their contact information.
Steven Kaufman, Restaurant Consultant