Burger King Team
Ray Meeks, Partner & CEO
Ray Meeks has been a Burger King Franchisee since 1984. Ray is a member of the New South Coalition Burger King Franchisee Association and the Mid South Gulf Association. He was a charter member of both the Virginia and the North Carolina Franchise Associations and served in several capacities in both of those organizations. He has served as Vice Chairman of the National Franchise Association, which represents Burger King Franchisees across the country and Canada. Ray has been the past recipient of several Burger King Awards such as the Franchisee of the Year for the Richmond Area Market, The Burger King Development, Excellence, and Leadership Award, the Burger King National Award of Excellence, and the Burger King National Brand Leadership Award.
Tim Furr, COO
Tim Furr has been COO of Cambridge Franchise Holdings since 2014. Prior to his role at CFH, Tim was at Burger King Corporate for 10 years serving in several executive capacities, including Director of Franchise Performance for the North East Region of the US. Tim is responsible for running the day to day operations of CFH's existing restaurants and integrating acquisitions new development. Under his leadership, store-level margins have improved by ~850bps and same store sales have increased +15%.
Kevin Whitton, CFO
Kevin Whitton has been the CFO of Cambridge Franchise Holdings since June 2015. Prior to CFH, Kevin was the Director of Franchising, Finance and Real Estate at Burger King Corporate. Prior to Burger King Corporate, Kevin spent eight years at Auspex Capital, a leading franchise finance advisory firm. As CFO, Kevin is responsible for finance, FP&A, and human resources. Kevin has built a best-in-class G&A staff to help support the business and its rapid growth. Kevin received a BA from Princeton University where he majored in Economics and received a certificate in finance.
Joey Stewart, Chief Development Officer
Joey Stewart joined Cambridge as Chief Development Officer in July, 2015. Joey joins Cambridge with more than 15 years in the real estate and restaurant industry. As Chief Development Officer, Joey’s responsibilities include aggressive new restaurant development, strategic planning and generating new and alternative means to maximize return on capital investments. Prior to joining Cambridge, he served as Vice President of Real Estate at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers for ten years where he was responsible for leading Red Robin’s development growth pipeline helping grow the concept from 180 restaurants to over 500 restaurants. From 2000 to 2005, he served as Director of Real Estate at O’Charley’s. From 1997 to 2000, he was Director of Real Estate at AutoZone. He attended Middle Tennessee State University and received a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Real Estate. Joey has been married to his wife Kristian for 18 years and they have two girls, Megan and Grace. He enjoys golf, softball and spending time with his family.
Chris Allen Sr., Director of Construction & Facilities
Chris began his career in the construction industry in 1988 as an Architectural Coordinator for the McDonald’s Corporation. During his 28-year tenure, Chris diligently performed as a Project Manager for 20 years with various fast food and casual dining concepts and most recently as Director and Vice President for Red Robin Gourmet Burgers for the past 8 years. He has completed over 400 ground up and remodeled facilities during his time in the restaurant industry. In November, Chris joined Cambridge Franchise Holdings and brought with him a wide variety of experience, including capital purchasing and facility management. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology and an Architectural Design certificate from Northwest Missouri State University where he played baseball. He has been married to his wife, Christie, for 20 years and has two children, Katie and Michael. Chris loves to play softball and watch his kids participate in volleyball, lacrosse and track. He is also involved in the Boy Scouts of America.
Susan Stedman, Controller
Susan is a CPA with over 25 years of experience. She began her career with a regional CPA firm before joining FedEx Corporation as a part of their SEC reporting group. From FedEx, she was recruited to join Exel Transporation Services, where her final role was as CFO. Prior to joining CFH in 2015, Susan spent seven years with Flextronics International as a Division Controller, Business Unit Director and Global Account Manager. Susan graduated Cum Laude with a BBA with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Memphis.
Jeff Jones, Controller
Jeff has been a CPA for over 27 years and previously was Controller of a wholesale distribution company. He began his career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co. and after receiving his CPA certification worked for a local CPA firm before beginning his career in industry. Jeff graduated with a B.A. in Accounting, Cum Laude from North Carolina State University in May, 1986.
Zack Wallen, Associate
Zack Wallen, Associate at Cambridge Franchise Holdings, was a top-performing Sales, Profit & Operations Coach for Burger King Corporate and worked as a Manager of Franchise Performance with the brand. He has a background in operations and analytics, having also worked as a Burger King Restaurant Manager and an Applebee’s Restaurant Manager. He managed a top-performing restaurant for Apple American Group New England, an entity of Flynn Group one of the largest casual restaurant franchisees in the country. As an Associate at CFH, Zack currently develops operations analytics for the field and oversees the Management Information Systems team. He is also a consult on numerous projects to help create a workflow that is both efficient and conducive on both ends of the spectrum to bridge the gap between our finance and operations teams.
Lisa Simmons, Office Manager
Lisa Pegram Simmons is a native of Vance County, North Carolina. She attended Louisburg College, graduating with honors with an Associate Degree in Business and Accounting. Her previous work experiences include Bank of America, Almay Cosmetics and Roses Stores. She has been employed by Cambridge Franchise Holdings since 1990 where her past duties include accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, accounting, and insurance. Currently she serves as Office Administrator servicing insurance, retirement and banking and additionally is the Administrative Assistant to Matt Perelman and Alex Sloane. Lisa has been married for 31 years to her husband, Steve, and they have one daughter, Lexi.