Kitchen United Chiefs

Jim Collins

Jim Collins

Chief Executive Officer

Jim Collins is the founder, owner and operator of Town Kitchen and Grill in Montrose, CA, a 100 seat new American restaurant that recently won 10 best new American restaurants in Los Angeles. But that’s just his night job. During the days Jim has CEO’d a series of national, venture-backed distributed enterprises including Affinity Internet, a hosting company with more than 500,000 websites and Pictage, a B2B2C enterprise connecting professional photographers and their clients. Today Jim is CEO of Pasadena, CA based Kitchen United, a commercial kitchen outsourcer and operator serving the delivery, restaurant and entrepreneurial food community.


Meredith Sandland

Meredith Sandland

Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining Kitchen United, Meredith Sandland was the Chief Development Officer for Taco Bell, a division of Yum! Brands. In that role, she added more than $1 billion in sales to the system through the addition of 1,000 restaurants. She was responsible for concept, franchise sales, expansion strategy, market planning, real estate, architecture, construction, and maintenance. She also led International Development Strategy and overall Brand Strategy in other roles during her tenure at Taco Bell. Previously, Meredith worked for more than a decade for Bain & Company, specializing in Private Equity due diligence and post-acquisition alignment of management teams and owners.


Atul Sood

Atul Sood

Chief Business Officer

Atul Sood is the Chief Business Officer for Kitchen United and is responsible for spearheading strategic partnerships along with administrative and financial management. Prior to his role with Kitchen United, Atul was the Director of Business Development for McDonald's Global Digital organization, where he was responsible for launching and managing McDonald's food delivery partnerships. Atul began his career in investment banking and has, amongst other roles, founded, grown and sold his own start-up in the sales technology space.


Massimo Noja de Marco

Massimo Noja de Marco

Chief Culinary Officer and Founder

Massimo Noja De Marco serves as Kitchen United’s Chief Culinary Officer. Prior to joining the company, Massimo owned and operated PH+E, a boutique consulting firm focusing on opening restaurants, hotels and bars across the US, Mexico and Europe. He served as Vice President of Operations for SBE Entertainment, controlling all operational aspects for the Restaurants and Nightlife division. Previously he covered the same role at Wolfgang Puck Catering and Events, overseeing operations for all venues in S. California, including major events and awards shows, such as the Academy Awards.

Formerly, Massimo owned and operated restaurants in NYC and Los Angeles and ran the Food and Beverage Department for The Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey and Hillcrest Country Club in Beverly Hills.

Massimo was raised in a seven-generation family in Hospitality in the Lake District outside of Milan, Italy, where he graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management and a Bachelors in Public Relations from IULM University in Milan. For three years he ran the family business composed of boutique hotels and restaurants in Italy.


Michael Montagano

Michael Montagano

Chief Financial Officer

Michael brings a wealth of knowledge to Kitchen United. Experienced with startups, he most recently helped scale Mopro into an international technology company. Michael served as a lead M&A and Corporate Finance attorney for Faegre, Baker & Daniels, LLP. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and finance from DePauw University, his Juris Doctorate from Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law, and his Masters of Business Administration from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.


Craig Cochrane

Craig Cochrane

EVP, Marketing

Craig has created and implemented multi-channel marketing strategies that have directly improved sales and visibility for various brands in the entertainment, technology and real estate industries. Prior to joining Kitchen United, Craig served as the Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy for the Special Olympics World Games. Craig received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Harvard University, and his Masters of Business Administration from University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.


Mike Mirkil

Mike Mirkil

VP, Consumer Marketing

Mike Mirkil is a senior restaurant marketing executive with a 25+ year career focused on understanding consumer behavior and leveraging insights to create effective marketing, advertising and branding initiatives that drive profitable growth across the restaurant and retail industries. He has worked for and with global ad agencies including JWT, FCB, DDB and TBWA Chiat/Day as well as corporations including Taco Bell and General Mills. In 2010 he became the first head of marketing for The Habit Burger Grill, helping grow and scale that brand from 30 to 100 locations.

Mike received his BA from the University of Michigan and his MBA from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He currently resides in South Pasadena with his wife Rebecca and their two cats Ramona and Grady.

Kitchen United Founders

John Miller

John Miller

Founder

John Miller is Chairman & CEO of Cali Group. Prior to founding Cali Group in 2011, he was the second employee at Arrowhead (NASDAQ: ARWR) where he was responsible for formation, growth, and sale of Arrowhead’s electronics business unit. John graduated Order of the Coif from Stanford Law School and is an author of The Handbook of Nanotechnology Business, Policy, and Intellectual Property Law as well as various other publications related to nanomaterials and nanoscale electronics.


Harry Tsao

Harry Tsao

Founder

Harry Tsao formed Avista Investments in 2009. The firm invests primarily in startup and growth-stage businesses. In the last nine years, Avista has invested in three general categories: Internet, Sports (including eSports), and Food Tech. In the Food Tech space, Avista focuses on technology and infrastructure that can disrupt the traditional food industry.


Massimo Noja de Marco

Massimo Noja de Marco

Chief Culinary Officer and Founder

Massimo Noja De Marco serves as Kitchen United’s Chief Culinary Officer. Prior to joining the company, Massimo owned and operated PH+E, a boutique consulting firm focusing on opening restaurants, hotels and bars across the US, Mexico and Europe. He served as Vice President of Operations for SBE Entertainment, controlling all operational aspects for the Restaurants and Nightlife division. Previously he covered the same role at Wolfgang Puck Catering and Events, overseeing operations for all venues in S. California, including major events and awards shows, such as the Academy Awards.

Formerly, Massimo owned and operated restaurants in NYC and Los Angeles and ran the Food and Beverage Department for The Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey and Hillcrest Country Club in Beverly Hills.

Massimo was raised in a seven-generation family in Hospitality in the Lake District outside of Milan, Italy, where he graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management and a Bachelors in Public Relations from IULM University in Milan. For three years he ran the family business composed of boutique hotels and restaurants in Italy.

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