Manny is the Managing Director at DeepBlue Advisory, LLC (“DeepBlue”), a Miami based franchise and M&A advisory firm which he founded in 2012 after more than 20 years in the restaurant, retail, and consumer products industries. Prior to forming DeepBlue, Manny was the Vice President of Franchising & Business Development at Burger King Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:BKW), where he was responsible for franchising and business development in North America for the 12,000+ unit Burger King system. In his position at Burger King, Manny created an $80 million brand re-image incentive program and a $250 million franchisee lending program, the largest and most innovative brand re-image and lending program in the quick-service restaurant industry. The program resulted in more than 1,000 restaurant re-image commitments in just one year, a six fold increase versus the prior year.
Manny also led Burger King by creating consolidation strategies for new and existing franchisees through strategic market planning, growth incentives, portfolio management, and divestitures of over 700 company restaurants. During his tenure at Burger King, his strategies led to the growth of the average number of restaurants per franchisee from five units to eight units, as well as record re-imaging and new restaurant development commitments.
Manny earned his MBA from The Chapman Graduate School of Business at Florida International University (FIU) and his BBA also from FIU.
He enjoys boating, free diving & spear fishing, running, and traveling with his family.