Our Leadership Team

 

The Leadership Team

Velocity Brands is led by a team of experienced business professionals with more than 50 years experience in successful retail and restaurant development, management and operations. Velocity Brands LLC's leaders are the principle owners of the Company and are actively involved in the daily management and operations of the business, the setting of the long term strategic direction for the Company and establishing key goals for the Annual Operating Plan.

 Tim Cloe - Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer

Tim is the founder of Southern Star Restaurant Management group, Velocity Brands' parent company, and a highly successful restaurantuer executive.  He has developed and operated more than 100 restaurants with multiple brands in half a dozen states.  Prior to that Tim was a financial executive on Wall Street and has a BA in Accounting and his MBA.


Steve Galloway  - Operating Partner, President & Chief Operating Officer

As the senior operating partner Steve is singularly focused on managing the business of Velocity Brands LLC.  As President and COO, Steve is responsible for implementing the Company's strategic direction initiatives as set forth by the Board of Directors and guiding the daily operating tactics to achieve the Company's Annual Operating Plan and keep the enterprise moving forward.  Widely recognized as an accomplished leader in QSR operations and development, Steve has more than 30 years of experience serving in senior executive positions with many regional, national and international restaurant brands franchised systems.  Previously he held senior management, development and marketing positons in notable restaurant, retail, manufacturing and non-profit companies throughout North America and the Middle East.  He earned a BS from the University of Louisiana, a MS from the University of Georgia, and a MBA in Management from Xavier University.

 

Emina Krhalic -  Operations Manager

Emina has worked with Dunkin Brands for 12 years, rising through the ranks from Crew Member, Team Lead, General Manager, District Manager and, now, Operations Manager for all of  Velocity Brands restaurants in 8 different Florida counties.  In 2012, Emina was recognized by Dunkin Brands as the Southeast General Manager of the Year, having lead her store teams to record sales and operating standards in the Tampa market.

Emina works closely with Steve and the Dunkin Brands regional field operations leaders, and a wide variety of operations support systems and vendors.  Her primary focus is directing the efforts of  Velocity Brands District Managers and General Managers to assure that every restaurant business unit is properly staffed, well trained and operating to consistently achieve and sustain Dunkin Brands' operating standards every shift, every day.  In so doing, Emina's leadership helps each store team achieve its budgeted profit plan to contribute to the continuing success and growth of Velocity Brands LLC.  Emina has completed Accounting and Business Management studies.