Shirin Behzadi, Investor
Shirin Behzadi is the Chief Executive Officer of Home Franchise Concepts (HFC), which recently celebrated its 26th year as the top-selling family of direct-to-consumer brands in the home-related goods & services space. HFC’s three brands (Budget Blinds®, Tailored Living®, and Concrete Craft™) are supported by more than 1,400 franchise territories operating in more than 10,000 cities in North America.
Shirin managed and coordinated a nine-figure majority buyout of HFC in 2015 by Trilantic Capital Partners. Under her leadership, HFC has grown into one of the largest and most respected franchisors in the country, on track to reach systemwide sales of <$1bn in 2018, a 71% increase in roughly 2.5 years.
Earlier this year, Shirin received the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award in the Direct to Consumer category in recognition of her leadership in innovation, financial performance, and commitment to her company and community. The award comes during a season of professional recognition for Shirin, including a cover story in the Franchise Times, selection as a presenter at the Franchise Times Finance and Growth Conference, and the subject of a profile story in Entrepreneur magazine, among many others.
Shirin has really come a long way since she was a 17-year-old immigrant who put herself through college by working at a gas station.
With 20+ years of experience in the alcohol industry, Jason’s resume speaks for itself. As one of the founders of Mike’s Hard Lemonade and former President of Mark Anthony Brands, Jason understands what it takes to create and dominate an all-new category.
In addition to his experience at Mike’s Hard and Mark Anthony, Jason has managed and sold a long list of alcoholic beverage companies. Among these companies are Cocktails by Jenn, Glacier Bay, Envy, 808, Truce, and Evil Spirits.
Jason’s impressive background and extensive experience have earned him consulting positions for both industry titans and high-growth start-ups, including Miller / Coors, Modelo, Constellation Brands, BearCat, Hey Ya’ll, and more. These companies have paid for Jason’s advice in everything from product flavoring to distribution logistics to marketing strategy.
Earlier in his career, Jason also held management positions at E.J. Gallo, Seagram’s, and Miller.
Jason’s relationship with BOMANI was initially nothing more than casual high-level conversation. However, these interactions made both parties realize how beneficial a more formal business relationship could be. After ironing out a contract, the BOMANI team is honored to have reached an agreement to have Jason play a key role in the launching of our product.
Sean Elmi is a serial entrepreneur who has founded / co-founded four companies: Day Group (customizable phone cases), Cymbiotika (nutritional supplements), KNK Group (Cricket Wireless stores), and DASH Radio / DASH International (online radio). An innovative thinker and strategy expert, all of Sean’s companies have rapidly and effectively dominated their respective markets.
Sean sold Day Group to Duckie Accessories for an 8-figure sum just 26 months after it was founded. More recently, he led Cymbiotika to achieve $3 million in sales within 90 days of launch. At DASH Radio, in only 29 months, the company has 10 million monthly listeners and has raised $8.8 million at a 9-figure valuation. Finally, under Sean’s leadership, KNK Group has been awarded the title of Cricket Wireless National Dealer of the Year. This award comes well earned – in 3 years, KNK Group has opened 172 stores in 4 states.
Many of Sean’s ventures have earned success due to his unparalleled ability to network and surround himself with talented people. At the businesses mentioned above, Sean has partnered with Mark Cuban, Novak Djokovic, DJ Skee, Snoop Dogg, Kevin Sujihara (CEO of Warner Bros), John Burbank (founder of Passport Capital), and many more.
Sean began his career at AT&T, where he shocked company veterans when he became the first person to win the highly coveted President’s Award two years in a row. At the time, Sean was 28 years old – one of the youngest executives in the history of the company.
Pam is the COO of Insight Resource Group, an end-to-end alcoholic product marketing and branding company that focuses on physical marketing & retail displays. A seasoned advertising expert, Pam has extensive experience and substantial connections in the alcohol industry.
In 1988, Pam founded The Hamel Group, an employment branding and strategic planning agency. For the next 15 years, Pam led a 40-person team that consulted with customers on all aspects of brand strategy. The Hamel Group consistently ranked among the fastest growing and most profitable small businesses in country, appearing in the Inc. 500 and other well regarded business publications regularly.
After The Hamel Group was acquired by Monster Worldwide in 2001, Pam formed and managed TMP Worldwide, a new business unit within Monster’s employment marketing division. TMP’s goal was to provide industry-specific expertise through Centers of Excellence.
After a brief hiatus, Pam re-entered the branding and marketing space by founding Insight Resource group (IRG). As Chief Operating Officer of IRG, Pam manages all operational aspects of the company while working with the President to pursue rapid and sustainable growth. Pam’s key clients include Constellation brands, Campari, Crown Imports, and Rombauer Vineyards.
Tim Nemeckay is a Manager at Mine Shaft Brewing, a Santa Clarita, CA-based brewery that specializes in manufacturing craft beers. The brewery’s world class, award-winning facility has manufactured products for Samuel Adams, Strohs, Pabst, Lone Star, Cold 45, and more.
In addition to his role at Mine Shaft, Tim is the founder of Nemeckay / DeMeyere, a consulting company that provides advice to companies in the craft brewery and general consumer goods industries.
Across all his ventures, Tim credits his successes to the his key principle of motivating talented people to execute at their absolute highest levels.
On this note, Tim prides himself on his ability to build quality teams and bring people together to focus on the goals and vision of a business. Through his unique ability to help broaden individuals’ mindsets, he renews belief, direction, drive, vision, and excitement to both start-ups and established companies.
Tim has a creative and transforming energy that inspires and draws talented people to want to be involved in his projects. For Tim, it doesn’t matter the business or the objective – he believes that the core of any truly successful organization is drive, vision, and energy with an inspiring story.