Larry King, Advisory Board Member
Larry King started his CNN show - the first world-wide, phone-in TV talk show - in 1985. It went on to become the cable channel’s highest rated show with a mix of celebrity interviews, political debate and topical discussions. He has conducted more than 40,000 interviews, which have included many national and international luminaries of the time.
With more than 50 years as a broadcaster, the Emmy-award winner has been inducted into five of the nation’s leading broadcasting hall of fames. He is a recipient of the prestigious Allen H. Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism, the George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting, a News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Interview/Interviewer, 10 CableACE awards for best interviewer and talk show series and many more awards. As part of the team, King plays a key role in promoting the company in print, radio and Internet promotions. It is anticipated that as the company grows, its advisory board and management team will be expanded to consist of additional members who have expertise in the food service industry as well as national franchising and entrepreneurial experience.
Mike D’Angelo, Development Agent and Advisory Board Member
Michael D’Angelo III, a former Brooklyn firefighters and Sept. 11 first responder, is a Fordham University graduate who gained restaurant experience as a teenager. He later owned a New York Italian restaurant and a catering company. When D’Angelo tasted his first bagel and bottled water from The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co.®, he immediately thought: “I’m home.” D’Angelo is the company’s first franchisee and development agent. The 20-year New York City firefighter and restaurateur identifies possible franchisees and guides them in developing and operating stores in Palm Beach County, the Treasure Coast and North Carolina.
Harold L. Kestenbaum, Esquire, Advisory Board Member
Harold Kestenbaum, a partner with the national law firm Gordon & Rees, LLP, is engaged exclusively in the practice of franchise distribution and licensing law, representing franchisors, both start-up and established. Prior to joining the firm, Kestenbaum served as franchise and general counsel and director at Sbarro, Inc., the national franchisor of over 1,000 family-style Italian restaurants. He co-founded and served as president and chairman of the board of FranchiseIt Corporation, the first publicly traded company specializing in providing franchise marketing and consulting services and equity financing to emerging franchise companies. He authored the first book dedicated to entrepreneurs who want to franchise their business – “So You Want To Franchise Your Business.”
Kestenbaum’s experiences include serving as a chief executive officer of a national franchisor and as a director of numerous nationally and internationally known franchisors, which is unique in the area of franchise law. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work, and serves on multiple bar association committees. He earned degrees from Queens College and the University of Richmond School of Law – where he was a member of law review.
Steven E. Leber, Advisory Board Member
Steven E. Leber has enjoyed a distinguished career in the entertainment industry as a manager and producer. He is best known as the manager of iconic rock artists including Aerosmith, AC/DC, Def Leppard and Michael Bolton, to name a few. His company, Contemporary Communications Company (CCC), was one of the world’s leading music management firms and was responsible for some of the greatest selling albums of all time. To date, CCC performers have sold more than 120 million records.
Leber began his career at the William Morris Agency where he established its music division and worked with major artists such as The Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, the Jackson Five and Bill Cosby. He also excelled as the innovative producer of theatrical shows and live events, creating new business models with shows like the unprecedented arena tour of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar,” the international smash-sensation “Beatlemania,” The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles “Coming Out of Their Shells” tour, the Texxas Jam Music Series, and The Concert for Bangladesh. He also brought the Moscow Circus to North America and broke box office records across the United States.
Leber is a co-founder of Mobile Life, a telecommunications company partnered with AT&T, Chairman of Grandparents.com, the nation’s premier online community for grandparents and remains active in the entertainment realm.
Leonard Marsh, Advisory Board Member
Leonard Marsh, a co-founder of the Snapple Beverage Corporation who helped steer the company’s start-up through to its $1.7 billion dollar sale in 1994, brings to the advisory board his expertise in taking a new health-conscious concept onto the national level.
Marsh, who served as Snapple’s president and chief executive officer when it went public, worked in 1972 with two partners to start a company called Unadulterated Food Products. They sold juices to health-food stores in New York’s Greenwich Village. In 1980, Marsh was instrumental in the introduction of a line of all-natural juices with the Snapple name, which came from one of its first products – a carbonated apple juice that had a “snappy apple taste.”
Throughout the early 1980s, the company enjoyed success with its natural sodas. It was in 1987 when Marsh and his partners introduced the first iced tea – Snapple Lemon Tea. Sales skyrocketed. As American’s became more health conscious, Marsh’s company promoted their drinks as the only ready-to-drink iced teas brewed from real tea and made with all natural ingredients. Snapple grew into one of the nation’s leading flavored beverages, and began to compete with industry giants like Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.
By the time Marsh and his partners sold the company to Quaker Oats, it had annual sales of $700 million, and its bottled juices and teas could be found in delis, supermarkets, vending machines and homes across the country.