Chief Executive Officer, RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc.
Brandon Solano has built a reputation as one of the most creative and unconventional leaders in the foodservice industry. As CEO of RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc. Solano has been challenged to drive profitable traffic, improve competitiveness and improve bottom-line results at both Pizza Inn and Pie Five Pizza.
Prior to joining RAVE, Solano served as Chief Marketing & Digital Officer of fast-casual concept Pei Wei Asian Kitchen, where he recorded the best positive traffic the brand had seen in seven years. He began his restaurant career with Domino’s Pizza in 2008, where he led the 2010 “New & Inspired” pizza launch as Vice President of Innovation. He later served as Vice President of Development for Domino’s, where he designed the “Pizza Theatre” concept and created the “Fortress Seattle” model market strategy, where he led operations. Prior to his Pei Wei tenure, Solano served as Chief Marketing Officer of Wendy’s, where he drove positive traffic for the first time in 10 years and created the brand’s successful 4 for $4 deal.
Raised in Flint, Michigan, Solano holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. He and his partner, Kristin, live on a sustainable urban farm in Southlake, Texas, with goats, chickens, honeybees, 20 varieties of vegetables and four semi-tame teenagers.
Vice President of Marketing, RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc.
As Vice President of Marketing at RAVE, Douglas Kwong likes to take a more modern approach to elevating guest experiences and driving profitable sales. Kwong is an industry veteran with proven success in creating digital marketing programs that get results. He was most recently Director of eCommerce and Digital Media at Pei Wei Asian Kitchen, where he managed eCommerce, media, and loyalty programs. During his tenure, he was instrumental in doubling eCommerce revenue and launching Pei Wei’s direct delivery platform. At Cicis Pizza, he was instrumental in launching various online customer platforms as part of the company’s re-brand. Prior to joining Cicis, Douglas devised and executed online initiatives to grow exposure and e-commerce revenue at global hospitality organizations Hilton Worldwide and Choice Hotels International. Kwong holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Arizona State University and an MBA from University of Arizona.
Vice President of Franchise Development
Brett Heinen likes to think big especially when it comes to expanding Pie Five and Pizza Inn around the country. Brett has extensive experience in the franchising and hospitality industry. During his tenure as Director of Franchise Sales at Dickey’s Barbecue, his teams ranked #1 for growth and performance in publications such as Technomic, QSR and Nation's Restaurant News. He personally sold over 250 individual units throughout the country, working both small and very large transactions. Additionally, Brett brings experience as a franchisee. He was a founding member of an area development group that purchased the rights to the Houston Region for the Golden Chick brand.