For 18 years, Michael Kulp’s passion for creating A Great Place to Work, A Great Place to Eat and A Great Place to Own has created a unique culture at KBP. Through his leadership, the company has realized exceptional growth and ensured that key employees can become equity partners, and reap the benefits of their own hard work. Michael’s vision for growth has catapulted the company from $7 million to over $600 million in annual sales. Today, KBP exists in 20 states and employs approximately 11,000 employees. He serves on the KFC® U.S. National Advertising Cooperative Board of Directors and is the sole U.S. member of the Yum! Global Franchise Council. He also serves as the chair of the KFC National Operations Committee, and is one of two U.S. representatives on the Brand Committee. Michael has long been a supporter of the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City and is an active member of the board. He resides in Overland Park, Kansas with his wife and three children, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the University of Colorado Mesa.
Mr. Salts brings over 20 years of experience to KBP Foods. Alan served as the Chief Accounting Officer and Vice President of Restaurant Services for NPC International, the world’s largest Pizza Hut Franchisee. During Alan’s tenure with NPC the company acquired 480 Pizza Hut units, and was operating 780 units when Alan went on to become the Chief Financial Officer of Lockton Companies, the world’s largest privately held insurance broker. While at Lockton, Alan was an integral part of a management team that helped grow the company by over seven times in thirteen years to nearly $1 billion in revenue, with 4,500 people operating in 60 offices around the globe. Alan was recognized as a 2017 "CFO of the Year" honoree by the Kansas City Business Journal. He has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting & Business Administration from the University of Kansas.
Mr. Hansen is currently responsible for the success of more than 400 restaurants across 20 states spanning half of the US. Matt joined the KBP team in 2009 as a Regional Vice President in our newly acquired Florida market. Two years later, in 2011, Matt moved his family to Atlanta, GA to integrate KBP Foods newest and largest acquisition. Matt assumed the role of Chief Operating Office in 2014 and was charged with building a leadership team across the business. Now overseeing $500 million in business, Matt’s proven success in acquisition integration is invaluable. Before joining KBP Foods, Matt led a multi-unit management team that oversaw 210 restaurants in 13 states worth $250 Million in annual sales within a large national brand in the casual dining industry. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the industry and leads the charge for support of Our Military Kids where he serves on the board. Matt lives with his family in Atlanta, GA and is an avid tennis player.
Mrs. Kass possesses 20 plus years of Human Resource experience. Deborah’s background includes Vice President level roles with Walmart Stores, Inc., TDK Enterprises, Inc. (Burger King Franchise Group), US Bank Corp, and Yellow Freight. Currently at KBP Foods, Deborah leads the Human Resources division. Deborah received a dual major in Psychology and Education from the College of Wooster in Ohio and a Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Organizational Development. Deborah also holds professional membership in the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).
Mr. Dubin has a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting, Finance and International Business from Indiana University and a Master’s of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. In his current role, Barry oversees franchisor relations, legal, mergers & acquisitions, construction and real estate for KBP Foods. Prior to joining KBP Foods, Barry served as the COO of an $80 million window fabricator focusing on turnaround operations, marketing, and business development. Barry was also a Capital Provider in Private Equity Transactions for Merrill Lynch Capital and has also worked in Corporate Restructuring Advisory for Arthur Andersen.
Ben serves as General Counsel for KBP. He has a wealth of experience representing the restaurant industry, and his areas of expertise include franchising, supply and distribution, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, advertising and promotions providing general business transactions and securities. Prior to joining KBP, Ben was at Bingham Greenebaum Doll, LLP where he served as the Managing Partner of the Louisville, Ky. office and as a member of the firm’s Corporate & Transactional Department. Ben received his Bachelors from the University of Kentucky and graduated cum laude from the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law. He was named to Louisville Magazine’s “Top Lawyers” List in the area of Business/Commercial Law in 2016. He has also been recognized several times as one of the “Kentucky Rising Stars” in the Kentucky Super Lawyers®.
Mr. Gianino has worked in the Quick Service Restaurant industry for over 20 years. Most recently Anthony led local advertising initiatives for Taco Bell Co-Ops in 27 DMAs and 14 KFC DMAs with a regional YUM! Brands certified agency. Prior to his work with the advertising agency, Mr. Gianino served as Field Marketing Director for Domino’s Pizza International. Anthony’s expertise in data analysis is critical to the innovation of local store marketing efforts. Mr. Gianino was considered a pioneer in the evolution of POS for Dominos and the implementation of data-based decision making. He has a MBA from the University of Missouri and a BA from Missouri Valley College.