For more than 15 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 Foods. Through his leadership, the company has realized exceptional growth and ensured that key employees can become equity partners, toward reaping the benefits of their own hard work. Mike’s vision for growth has catapulted the company from $7 million to over $500 million in annual sales. In the past six years, KBP has quadrupled in size, growing from 64 restaurants in 6 states to 449 restaurants in 20 states, now with approximately 9,000 employees. Mike serves on the KFC® US Board of Directors and is the sole US member of the Yum! Global Franchise Council. He also serves as the chair of the National Operations Committee, and is on the Executive Committee of the National Council and Advertising Cooperative. Mike has long been a supporter of the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City and is an active member of their board. Mike resides in Overland Park, Kansas with his wife and three children.
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 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.
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.