Greg Flynn is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Flynn Restaurant Group LP and Flynn Properties Inc. With over 850 Applebee’s, Taco Bell, and Panera Bakery restaurants doing $1.9 billion in sales and directly employing ~40,000 people in 29 states, Flynn Restaurant Group is the largest franchise operator in the US.
In 2016 Greg was named Restaurant Leader of the Year by Restaurant Business Magazine and Operator of the Year by Nation's Restaurant News, and in 2009 was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Greg has an AB Magna Cum Laude from Brown University, an MA from Yale University, and an MBA from the Stanford GSB. He serves on the board of the Exploratorium, the Brown University President’s Leadership Council, and the Applebee’s Franchise Business Council, and he is a past chairman of the Golden Gate Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization.
Chief Financial Officer
Lorin M. Cortina serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Flynn Restaurant Group, LP. Lorin oversees finance, capital markets activities, corporate development, acquisitions, accounting and real estate development. He is also a member of the FRG Board of Directors. Prior to joining FRG, Lorin was a VP, Investments for Starwood Financial, Inc. and VP, Acquisitions and AVP, Capital Markets at TriNet Corporate Realty Trust, Inc. Lorin also worked as a consultant with PWC and Deloitte & Touche. Lorin has held senior management positions involved in corporate finance, capital markets and M&A activities, and has raised over $2 billion in debt and equity and over $1 billion in investment and M&A transactions.
Lorin received a B.A. in Business/Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Chief Operating Officer
Brad serves as Chief Operating Officer for Flynn Restaurant Group and has worked with Greg Flynn for seventeen years and with AAG since its founding in 1998. As COO of FRG, he is responsible for operations of all Applebee’s, Taco Bell, and Panera units. Direct reports include all Vice Presidents of Operations, Training and Human Resources. Prior to joining Apple American, Brad served as VP, U.S. Operations, for Vancouver-based Spectra Group of Restaurants and VP, Operations, for Keg Restaurants.
Brad serves on the Applebee’s Operations Council. He holds a B.S.B.A. in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Denver and an M.B.A. from the University of Washington.
Chief Improvement Officer
As Chief Improvement Officer, Ron Bellamy works to drive increment value in the business and oversees operational improvement across Flynn's more than 850 restaurants. He also leads the organizations' support center based in Cleveland, Ohio.
Prior to joining Flynn, Ron worked for Teachers' Private Capital where he helped establish Teachers' approach to value creation planning and portfolio management. He also spent more than a decade in management consulting most recently as a partner with Oliver Wyman.
Ron graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a BA in Applied Mathematics and Ancient Literature from the University of Michigan.
SVP, Apple American Group
Dan serves as Senior Vice President of Operations for Apple American overseeing more than 480 Applebees in 26 states. In this role he also directly manages the Market Presidents and Directors of Operations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Minnesota, New England, and Georgia. Dan joined Apple American Group in 1998 as Director of Operations for the Washington Market as part of the company’s initial acquisition of Applebees restaurants. In the 10 years previous to his tenure with Apple American, Dan worked his way from Applebee’s General Manager in Minnesota to Washington Director of Operations.
In 2010 Dan was named Applebee’s Operator of the Year and has served on the Applebee’s Operations Council and Beverage Counsel. Dan holds a degree in Business Management from the Minnesota School of Business.
SVP, Bell American Group
Sarat serves as Senior Vice President of Operations for Bell American and oversees the operations of 270+ restaurants across 8 states. Sarat began his career with the Pillsbury Company in Marketing and later joined PepsiCo/YUM! Brands as a Manager of New Concepts charged with growing the restaurant portfolio via non-traditional channels. As National License Manager, Sarat led a team that grew the Taco Bell Express concept from a base of 100 locations to over 2,000 locations within a 5 year span. After a 10 year career with PepsiCo/YUM! that encompassed leadership roles in both Development and Operations, Sarat moved to the franchise side of the business when he joined Southern Bells in 2003 leading the Operations team that managed the portfolio of 76 Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut Express locations in IN, IL, and KY. He joined Flynn Restaurant Group when FRG acquired Southern Bells, and has overseen the expansion of Bell American from 76 units in 2013 to over 270 today.
Sarat received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is married with two children.
SVP, Pan American Group
Monty serves as Senior Vice President of Operations for Pan American. He started his restaurant career at the age of 16 as a dishwasher at Ponderosa Steak House and at 21 moved on to manage several different fine dining concepts. In 1990 he joined the first Applebee’s in Indiana, was promoted to Area Director in 1994, and then Director of Operations in 2000. In 2001, when Apple American Group was formed, he was promoted to Market President. During his leadership in Indiana he developed the Market from 1 to 32 units. Monty left the Indy Market in 2010 to run the Applebee’s Market in NorCal. In 2015, he was promoted to Sr. VP of Operations for Panera Bread now operating ~100 bakery café’s in Washington, Northern California, Pennsylvania & West Virginia.