Meet the Management Team
MICHAEL POATES – President
Mr. Poates has served as our President since June 2015. Since December 2013, Mr. Poates has served as President of an investment company in Fort Worth, Texas. From July 2012 to December 2013, Mr. Poates served as President of multi-unit Dairy Queen Franchisee in Fort Worth, Texas. From February 2010 to July 2012, Mr. Poates served as Chief Operating Officer at Roundtable Corporation and its RCDQ Subsidiaries Dairy Queen in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.
SCOTT KELLY – Vice President, IT & Entertainment
Mr. Kelly has served as our Vice President of Information Technology and Entertainment since September 2013. From February 2013 to August 2013, Mr. Kelly served as Vice President of Information Technology for Sport Clips Haircuts in Georgetown, Texas. From June 2011 to February 2013, Mr. Kelly served as our Vice President of Information Technology & Support Services. From May 2006 to May 2011, Mr. Kelly was our Director of Information Technology and Entertainment Systems.
JERRY DEFEO – Vice President of Franchise Operations
Mr. DeFeo has served as our Vice President of Franchise Operations since October 2015. From November 2013 through September 2014, Mr. DeFeo served as our as Director of Franchise Operations. From December 2012 to October 2013 Mr. DeFeo served as Director of Operations for Double AA Partners, an area developer for Papa Murphy’s in Dallas, Texas. From May 2006 to November 2012, Mr. DeFeo worked as Director of Franchise Operations for Papa Murphy’s in Dallas, Texas. From August 2000 to May 2006, Mr. DeFeo served as Director of Operations – New Stores/Franchise Services for Pizza Inn in Dallas, Texas.
Colin Berry – Director of Marketing
Colin Berry has over 8 years of Franchise marketing experience. From 2009 to 2016, Colin held various roles at TGI Fridays from Brand Management to Field Marketing. Before coming on board with Gatti’s in December 2017, Colin served as Senior Field Marketing lead at MOOYAH Burgers, Fries and Shakes. Colin’s experiences range from local store marketing and digital/social media management to brand strategy and media buying.
Travis Edmonson – Vice President of Development
As Vice President of Development, Travis is responsible for all development of the Gigi’s brand. A veteran restaurant professional, Travis has worked for several restaurant groups and has been a franchisee himself. He has worked for chains like, Simple Simon’s Pizza, Cheezies pizza, Pollo Campero and most recently as VP of Franchise Sales & Development at Marco’s Pizza.