Ian H. Baines
Chief Executive Officer
Baines has over four decades of experience in the restaurant and hospitality business, beginning as a classically trained Chef in his native England, followed by 25 years in Canada with ever increasing roles and responsibilities culminating into COO of SIR Corp restaurants. In 2004, Mr. Baines was actively recruited to join Brinker International where he served in various executive roles. He joined Darden Restaurants Inc. led the Smokey Bones brand as President before the sale to Sun Capital, where he continued for several years as President and CEO. He was recruited back to Brinker International in 2011 as Senior Vice President of Strategic Innovation. From 2013 to 2014, Mr. Baines served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Uno Restaurant Holdings Corporation. From 2014 to 2018, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen; leading the $780 million sale of Cheddar’s to Darden Restaurants inc. in 2017; and continued as Brand President. In 2020, Baines joined as President and Chief Executive Officer of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings. In 2021, Baines successfully led the sale of Anthony’s to BurgerFi and now leads as Chief Executive Officer of BurgerFi International.
Chief Financial Officer
Rabinovitch holds over 25 years of extensive financial leadership skills from best-in-class publicly held retail and distribution companies, high growth retail concepts, extensive international experience and has completed and integrated over 25 acquisitions valued at over $2 billion dollars during his career. For nearly a decade, Rabinovitch served as Chief Financial Officer of Mayors Jewelers, Birks Group Inc., a (NYSEAMERICAN: BGI), with 77 locations across the United States and Canada. He was also the Vice President of Finance at Claire's Stores, Inc. during their years of rapid expansion and contributed to their growth from 1,200 to over 3,000 locations in 10 countries during his six year tenure with the brand. Rabinovitch began his career with Price Waterhouse (now PwC). He is a licensed certified public accountant (inactive). Rabinovitch has both Bachelor of Science degrees in accounting and finance from Florida State University and is an advisory board member of the School of Accounting at both Florida State University and University of South Florida.
Renna has extensive experience within the restaurant industry, most recently as the President of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings. Prior to joining Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza and Wings, Mr. Renna was the President and CFO of Wahlburgers, a Boston based burger restaurant founded by Executive Chef Paul Wahlberg, and celebrity brothers Mark and Donnie. Prior to that Patrick was CEO at Boloco, a fast casual globally inspired burrito chain, where he also served as CFO for four years. Previously, he held CFO positions at Sebastian’s Café and Catering, where he spent four years overseeing all financial and administrative policies and procedures for the company; this included leadership during the company’s most profitable growth period, Fresh Concepts, which operates fast casual restaurants under the name Fresh City and Souper Salad, as well as FiRE+iCE, where he also served as President. Patrick began his career with New England Restaurant Company, a Chili’s franchisee and owner of Bertucci’s Brick Oven Pizzeria, a 90-unit casual dining chain. Patrick received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Franklin Pierce College, and went on to earn his MBA and Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. In 2004 he was named to “Boston’s 40 Under 40”. In 2019 he was named one of the Top 25 executives by Fast Casual Magazine and in 2020 was named one of the “most influential” executives by Nation’s Restaurant News. Patrick has served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association since 2010, serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and serves on the Board of Advisors for The Works Café based in Keene, NH. He resides in Parkland, FL with his wife Jen and children Samantha and Jack.
Chief Operating Officer
Most recently as Senior Vice President of Operations for Planet Fitness (NYSE: PLNT) Esposito grew market share and revenue streams by ensuring the effective management of 105 company-owned locations globally. He drove revenue up by 15.2% to $159.7 million and EBITDA up by 15.7% to $65.6 million in 2019. In his role he coached, trained, and mentored a team of 1,400 employees through leading and influencing, improving employee satisfaction, and dramatically reducing turnover. He spearheaded leadership of global operations; transformed $60 million dollars in annual real estate development, optimized $150 million dollars in revenue and ignited $80 million dollars in bottom-line profits. Prior to joining Planet Fitness, Esposito worked for Panera Bread, where he collaborated with a cross-functional team to drive business results, improve drive-thru process efficiencies and introduce Panera 2.0, an integrated experience that meets the differentiated needs of to-go, dine-in, and large order delivery customers through new mechanisms for ordering, payment processing, and consumer consumption. Previously, Esposito held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Papa Gino’s which included two brands, Papa Gino’s Pizzeria and D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches, where he was directly responsible for creating an environment that delivered exceptional operations, sales growth, and increased profitability for 336 restaurants and over 25 licensees which resulted in annual sales of $250 million. Esposito spent over a decade at Burger King Corporation, where he held a number of key operations positions such as running the Atlanta and Boston company markets and directing strategic and tactical leadership for field operations. In his last role as Senior Director of Global Restaurant Systems and Development, he provided restaurant technology support to over 1,400 restaurants in 10 countries around the world.
Chief Culinary Officer
Paul Griffin has served as the Chief Culinary Officer for BurgerFi International, Inc. since the inception of the Company in 2011. He is a classically trained chef from the Philadelphia Restaurant School. Originally from New Zealand, Chef Paul’s career started at an early age in the world-class Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, FL. As a founding member of the Company, he established the chef-inspired culinary foundation of BurgerFi, in a scalable manner. Chef Paul has implemented 4-star quality systems and culinary techniques, with an emphasis on fresh, all-natural ingredients, to everyday fast casual dining, and scalable for growth. In addition, Chef Paul oversees BurgerFi’s supply chain, manages the Company’s R&D, and is responsible for creating the BFI commissary, which has vertically integrated many of BFI’s proprietary products, and also a separate national wholesale division. Chef Paul’s culinary leadership has not only helped BurgerFi become one of the nation’s fastest-growing better burger concepts, he has also brought the brand significant and meaningful accolades including: Franchise Times Kitchen Royalty 2020 and Best Veggie Burger by New York Magazine. To this day, the chef-founded concept continues to be committed to serving fresh, high quality food of transparent quality.
Chief Technology Officer
Karl Goodhew joins as Chief Technology Officer of BurgerFi after serving as Director of Software Engineering at Macy’s Inc., a $17 billion-dollar, Fortune 500 multi-brand retailer. He has also held positions at Home Depot, YellowPepper that was acquired by Visa, and JCPenney where he was responsible for all aspects of the 5-star rated consumer mobile apps. For almost a decade, Goodhew has served in leadership roles at various large retailers and start-ups. Goodhew recently helped launch Market by Macy’s, led the cloud transformation for Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, and built a diverse team of engineers focused on store selling and operations. At YellowPepper, Goodhew built a PCI compliant payment system and integrated the solution into Facebook Messenger. Goodhew has delivered cloud architecture solutions, successful digital customer experiences and secure financial systems throughout his career. Goodhew has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia.