Joe Mutti – Senior Vice President of Development for Cheddar’s Casual Cafe. Cheddar’s is Polished Casual Dining with over 130 locations in 23 states.
Michael has handled market planning and site selection in nine eastern US states as a consultant for corporate location development since 2010. Michael has demonstrated creativity in approach resulting in several restaurant locations that seemed very challenging at the onset. Michael’s integrity, tireless efforts and his strong negotiating skills have resulted in a strong delivery performance of desirable locations and economics. Michael is a pleasure to work with and always very responsive to needs and requests.
Phil deMena – Chairman Emeritus CCI. Prior Chief Development Officer of Blockbuster Video, Papa Johns and Home USA.
I first met Michael in the summer of 1995 while I was SVP of Development at Kenny Roger’s Rosters. Michael was hired as the Director of Franchise Development organizing the department in such away that franchise development accelerated across the US helping to push the brand past 300 open locations. In 1997, I hired Michael as VP of Real Estate & Construction at Home USA. Subsequently, the company was acquired by Fleetwood Enterprises, where Michael was promoted to SVP of Real Estate and Construction at my recommendation.
Michael’s management styles threads the various disciplines required for a successful multi unit retail or restaurant roll out in a way that team members not only work better together, but more productively individually. His site selection diligence, attention to branding implications and construction management prowess is seamless.
Philip C. deMena
Steven Harter – Chairman of Notre Capital, a consolidator of highly fragmented industries. NYSE IPO’s include Coach USA, Home USA, Metals USA and Comfort Systems USA
We have known Michael Pacini since the fall of 1997 when we were in the process of taking Home USA public. Michael worked diligently to assemble over $300 million of potential acquisitions for the company and went on to become Sr. Vice President of Real Estate and Construction for the successor company, Fleetwood Retail.
Michael’s dedication and tenacious negotiation style made a significant contribution to the senior management team we had assembled for this venture. While we were in negotiations to sell Home USA to Fleetwood Industries, Michael devised an ingenious and cost effective plan that helped close the transaction. The plan utilized eight independent brokers across the country he had worked with previously to rapidly accelerate expansion of the company which resulted in the opening of sixty-two new five acre model home centers by the end of 1999.
Frank Vest – Partner & Co-Founder of Catterton Partners. Catterton is one of the largest private equity firms in the United States focused on the consumer industry.
Catterton made an investment in Baja Fresh in 1999 and Michael handled market planning and site selection in the eastern US as a consultant for both corporate and franchised Baja Fresh locations, significantly adding to the store count and revenues. Michael has been involved since 2004 with another Catterton investment, First Watch Restaurants, as an executive and currently as a consultant. He has been very dependable with ideas outside of the norm providing that extra advantage securing prime locations and his strong negotiations skills have notably lowered occupancy costs and capital invested. Michael’s broad knowledge of real estate markets throughout the eastern US made strategic location growth a solid success for our investments.