Clayton E. Wilhite Chairman of the Board for Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc.
Clayton E. Wilhite has served as a Director since July 1997 and became Chairman of the Board of the Company in January 2012. Since January 1998, Mr. Wilhite has been with CFI Group Worldwide LLC, and was Managing Partner of its North American Group from May 1998 to December 2004 and Managing Partner of CFI Worldwide LLC from January 2005, until his retirement on December 31, 2007. Mr. Wilhite continues to be a Senior Partner and shareholder of CFI Group Worldwide LLC. Mr. Wilhite has served since September 1998 on the board of directors of CFI Group Worldwide LLC, an international management consulting firm specializing in measuring customer satisfaction. Between 1996 and 1998, he was the Chairman of Thurloe Holdings, L.L.C. From August 1996 through our acquisition of Pollo Tropical, Inc., Mr. Wilhite served on the board of directors of Pollo Tropical, Inc. Before 1996, Mr. Wilhite was with the advertising firm of D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, Inc. having served as its Vice Chairman from 1995 to 1996, as President of DMB&B/North America from 1988 to 1995, and as Chairman and Managing Director of DMB&B/St. Louis from 1985 to 1988.
Daniel T. Accordino has been President, Chief Operating Officer and a Director since February 1993. Before that, Mr. Accordino served as Executive Vice President—Operations from December 1986 and as Senior Vice President of Carrols from April 1984. From 1979 to April 1984, he was Vice President of Carrols responsible for restaurant operations, having previously served as our Assistant Director of Restaurant Operations. Mr. Accordino has been an employee of ours since 1972.
Manuel A. Garcia III Director
Manuel A. Garcia III has served as Director since November 2013 and has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Chef Creations, Inc. a privately owned supplier and manufacturer of ready-to-eat custom food products, since 1998. Mr. Garcia also serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Coast Management, Inc., a privately owned operator of various restaurants in the Orlando, Florida area, since 1996. Mr. Garcia previously served on the Board of Directors of Burger King Corporation from 2003 until October 2010. From 1969 until 2000 Mr. Garcia operated Burger King® restaurants as a franchisee eventually owning and operating a total of 66 Burger King® restaurants.
Mr. Garcia brings significant experience with the strategic, financial and operational issues of restaurant companies in connection with his service on the Board of Directors of Burger King Corporation, his ownership and operation of Burger King® and other restaurants, and his service on the board of directors of private restaurant companies.
Joel M. Handel has served as a Director since December 2006. Since November 2008, Mr. Handel has been a partner in the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. From 2001 until November 2008 Mr. Handel was a partner in the law firm of Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner LLP which merged with and became a part of Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner on December 1, 2006. From 1976 to 2001 he was managing partner of the law firm of Baer Marks & Upham LLP.
David Harris has served as a Director since May 2012. Prior to that, he served as President of Grant Capital, Inc., a private investment company, since January 2002. From May 2001 until December 2001, Mr. Harris served as a Managing Director in the investment banking division of ABN Amro Securities LLC. From September 1997 until May 2001, Mr. Harris served as a Managing Director and Sector Head of the Retail, Consumer and Leisure Group of ING Barings LLC, a financial institution. From 1986 to 1997, Mr. Harris served in various capacities as a member of the investment banking group of Furman Selz LLC. Mr. Harris is a director of Rex American Resources Corporation and Steiner Leisure Limited. Mr. Harris currently serves on the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee of Steiner Leisure Limited and is the Chairman of the Compensation Committee of Stein Leisure Limited. He also serves on the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee of Rex American Resources Corporation and is the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Rex American Resources Corporation.
Alexandre Macedo has served as a Director since October 2013. He currently serves as an EVP, President, North America of Burger King Worldwide, Inc. Mr. Macedo was appointed President of North America in April 2013. He joined Burger King Worldwide, Inc. in 2011 as SVP Marketing, North America, and later was General Manager of the North America Franchise Business. Prior to joining Burger King, Mr. Macedo was a founder and partner of True Marketing, a Brazilian based marketing consulting firm from 2008 to 2011. Prior to this, he was head of the Brahma Beer business unit at AmBev from 2003 through 2007. Mr. Macedo received an MBA from Insead in 2003 and BS from NYU Stern School of Business in 1998.
Daniel S. Schwartz Director
Daniel S. Schwartz has served as a Director following the completion of the 278-Burger King store acquisition on May 30, 2012. He has been BKC's Chief Executive Officer since June 7, 2013 and was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since January 1, 2011. Mr. Schwartz joined BKC in October 2010 as Executive Vice President and Deputy Chief Financial Officer. Since January 2008, Mr. Schwartz has been a partner with 3G Capital, where he was responsible for managing 3G Capital's private equity business. He joined 3G Capital in January 2005 as an analyst and worked with the firm's public and private equity investments until November 2010. From March 2003 until January 2005, Mr. Schwartz worked for Altair Capital Management, a hedge fund located in Stamford, Connecticut, and served as an analyst in the mergers and acquisitions group at Credit Suisse First Boston from June 2001 to March 2003. Mr. Schwartz also serves as a director of 3G Capital.