Meeting February 11th

The speaker at today’s lunch was Kerry Burns, who was born and raised in the St Louis Missouri area. He attended Campion Jesuit and St Louis University High Schools. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara University and studied at the Netherlands School of Business. Kerry is a widower, and has a lovely daughter and two grandchildren.

His career has been in the restaurant field with a management background that spans multi-level supervision to owner operator of various concepts in the South Florida marketplace. He was the operating partner in a chain of Godfather Pizza’s, and a number of Wings N Things Restaurants before settling into the proprietorship of a long running neighborhood concept, Miami Wings Restaurant.

Kerry started with his pizza restaurants at a time where there was an explosion of the fast food industry. The pizza industry was the hottest growing business from during the mid 70’s to the mid 80’s. With the God Father’s Pizza he learned that you have to have the best food to be successful. With just $10.00 you were able to feed a small group of people. Eating out became fun an entertaining. When delivering 2 cheap pizzas to the convenience of your home for $10.00 became the hottest thing in the market, Kerry started looking for a new concept. He came across the buffalo wing concept in its earlier days. It was inexpensive at that time, and Kerry capitalized on that concept.

After selling Miami Wings he partnered with Dan Kaplan from Roasters N Toasters New York Deli, and created a healthy catering and special events concept, Mr Smoothie & the Wrap Guy with the intention of fullfilling a need for a healthy dining alternative whether it is for catering or for a party or special event.

Thanks Kerry for your fantastic presentation!
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