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.
Emily Beesley – Vice President of Marketing
Emily Beesley has over ten years of corporate-level marketing working for Maggiano’s Little Italy, Lone Star Steakhouse, Texas Land & Cattle Steak House and Taco Mac. Prior to her restaurant marketing experience, Emily worked with Driven Brands as Director of Marketing for Maaco, a Fortune 500 franchised-based brand delivering automotive paint and repair services across the US. Her experience ranges from growing 25-unit concepts to 450-unit concepts, partnering with franchisees as well as managing corporate-owned locations.
JACK SIBLEY – Vice President of Franchise Development
Mr. Sibley has served as our Vice President of Franchise Development since April 2017. He is responsible for the franchise sales of the Gatti’s brand including Mr. Gatti’s and Gatti’s Pizza. From 2014 through March 2017, Mr. Sibley served as President of Bamboo Juices, a consumer goods company based in Atlanta. Jack received his MBA and BA from the University of Georgia.