Art Fyvolent, Founder, CEO and Strawmolier
Art Fyvolent is a marketing, technology and Internet veteran, working in all facets of branding, advertising, websites and technology over the past 20 years. Art is owner of IDEAS4, a national branding, marketing and Internet company and WIREDFranchise, a national franchise marketing company. Art was partner in a Wing Stop franchise where he learned much about food costs, margins, marketing, franchising and customer service. He is also a “foodie” who loves to cook, always experimenting with new ideas in the kitchen. Combining his 30 years of marketing, 20 year of technology and his love of food is the genesis from which Jonny Strawz was created.
Andrew Zimmern, Celebrity Chef, Restauranteur
Andrew will take lead in developing unique and creative menu items, bringing his worldwide travel and culinary experience to bear creating specialty drinks with a global twist. His discerning palate and love of discovering taste combinations that will be exclusive to Jonny Strawz stores. Zimmern is a four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher, regarded as one of the most knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the creator, executive producer and host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods franchise, he has devoted his life to exploring and promoting cultural acceptance, tolerance and understanding through food.
John Levy, Nilon Johnson, P.A, Minneapolis, MN - Legal Advisor
John Levy advises on all aspects of corporate structuring, organization, financing, ownership, and planning including business transactions, equity and debt financing, SEC compliance, venture capital, private equity, hedge funds, corporate governance, going private transactions, shareholder disputes, creditors’ rights and loan workouts. John is also past president of the Minnesota Food Truck Association.
Selected But Confidential, Chief Operating Officer
Exceptional leader with over 36 years senior restaurant management experience with a proven track record of improving efficiency, productivity and profitability through improved systems and training. This includes key roles in multi-unit QSR management, franchise operations, financial planning, HR development, real estate, construction, facility management, accounting and operating systems.