Chief Executive Officer
As CEO, Crane is the big cheese at Rave Restaurant Group, Inc. He joined Rave in January 2017, charged with driving culture, growth and success at both Pie Five Pizza Co. and Pizza Inn. An entrepreneur at an early age, Crane honed his food chops leading some of the most well-known brands in the industry. He most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Smashburger, where he led its development from a two-unit start up concept in 2007 to a global company with more than 330 locations. Previously, Crane was Executive Vice President at Fugate Enterprises, Inc., one of the largest Pizza Hut franchisees in the country, where he was responsible for the operation of 210 Pizza Hut units, in addition to Taco Bell, Wing Street, Sonic and Blockbuster Video locations.
Chief Financial Officer
As CFO of Rave Restaurant Group, Tim Mullany brings financial and strategic leadership to the company as well as a wealth of food industry experience. Prior to joining RAVE, Tim served as the CFO of Restaurants Unlimited, Inc., a company that owns and operates over 20 brands across 11 states including Palomino, Henry's Tavern, and Kincaid's, among others. Tim was also CFO of Smashburger and Consumer Capital Partners. He has also served as the CFO of an international retail brokerage and CEO of Mystic Entertainment Company, operating the Blue Turtle Restaurant chain. His other experience includes private equity investing at J.P. Morgan and investment banking at Banc of America Securities. Tim has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from Villanova University.
President, Pizza Inn
Bob Bafundo, President of Pizza Inn, is an industry veteran with a passion for restaurants. With his proven abilities in building and inspiring strong teams, Bob has added renewed energy to Rave Restaurant Group’s flagship brand. Previously, Bob served as President of Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill. With a background in operations, Bob has worked through the ranks of both single and multi-unit operations with restaurants such as, KFC, Tin Star Southwest Grill, Back Yard Burgers and Rax Restaurants.
Vice President of R&D and Product Innovations, Rave Restaurant Group, Inc
All hail Patty Scheibmeir, VP of R&D and Product Innovation for Rave Restaurant Group and the Queen of Deliciousness! Patty earned her royal crown by inventing the Stuffed Crust Pizza, considered by many to be the pinnacle of pizza perfection. Prior to joining RAVE, she ran her own consulting business doing R&D, innovation, and marketing work for companies like Papa Murphy’s, Frito Lay and Applebee’s. Patty started out in the restaurant business at Pizza Hut R&D where she spent the first 14 years of her career overseeing the creation of pizza, aka the Food of the Gods. Some of Patty's other many product developments and launches include (Pizza Hut) The P'Zone, Twisted Crust, Sicilian, The Insider, (KFC) Kentucky Grilled Chicken, Famous Bowls, (Papa Murphy's) Fresh Pan Pizza, (Applebee’s) Sizzling Entrées.
Vice President of Marketing, Pie Five Pizza Co.
Christina Coy, Vice President of Marketing for Pie Five Pizza Co. and self-proclaimed Queen of the Circle of Crust. When she’s not personally taste testing all pizza options and creating clever names for new pizza LTOs, she can be found creating brand marketing magic through everything from menu development, digital and in store marketing and guest engagement. Christina joined Pizza Inn in 2009 and was part of the team that created Pie Five in 2011. Prior to becoming a pizza aficionado, she spent 5 years at ad agencies working on QSR brands such as Domino’s and Popeye’s Chicken. Christina is a graduate of Texas A&M University, her first love, before Pie Five entered her life.
Vice President of Purchasing and Supply Chain, Rave Restaurant Group, Inc.
It’s a good thing Brad McDaniel has a wealth of team leadership expertise, because everyone follows the man with the food! Brad’s years of supply chain management at Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants and Fruge Seafood Co., made him the perfect fit for Rave Restaurant Group’s head purchasing and supply chain role. In this position, Brad makes sure no hungry pizza patron has to sacrifice a single topping in their quest for the perfect pizza. His strategic and tactical development of vendor relationships, procurement and quality improvements also ensures revenue growth through cost savings and market evolution. Brad always has an eye out for the best emerging business ventures to make sure Rave is topping the industry.
Vice President of Human Resources
Mary is a people person. As Vice President of Human Resources for Rave Restaurant Group, Inc., Mary brings over 30 years of human resources and store operations experience to her charge of creating exceptional experiences for both customers and team members. Previous roles include senior human resources roles with Erdos at Home, Fossil and Starbucks Coffee Company.
Vice President of Restaurant Development
Chris Heiser is used to building excitement! As the Director of Construction for Rave Restaurant Group, Inc., Chris knows the pie’s the limit when managing construction projects for all Pie Five and Pizza Inn restaurants in development. With 25 years of experience with companies like Fossil Watch Company, where he developed nearly 150 retail and outlets locations, Filtrexx International, where he developed sustainable technology products for the construction industry and St. Ives Realty, where he spearheaded the ground-up construction of major retail shopping centers ranging in size from 15,000 to 30,000 square feet, Chris has the tools to manage the continued expansion schedules for both brands.
Vice President of Information Technology
Want to talk tech? David Roberts, Vice President of IT for Rave, is the man with the plan. With over 20 years’ experience in leading IT teams, developing retail technology solutions and implementing new platforms. Roberts is charges with delivering break-through technology results that translate into achieving critical goals for both Rave brands. He joined Rave after a 16 year stint with TGIFridays where he served as Senior Manager of In-Store Solutions and won the TGIFridays Myrna “True Believer” Award from his peers for exemplary leadership.
Vice President of Real Estate
Judy Messenger knows a good spot when she sees one. By heading up strategic development for both Rave brands, she takes expanding the pie to the next level. Messenger brings 25 years of real estate experience to the role, previously serving as Director of Real Estate at top restaurant chains like Noodles & Co. and Smashburger. With Messenger’s proven track record of securing nearly 20 deals per year, Pie Five Pizza Co. and Pizza Inn are well positioned to continue to expand their national footprints.