Mr. Doug Pak is a serial entrepreneur and seasoned executive in chain restaurant and franchise businesses. Presently, Mr. Pak is the founder, chairman and Co-CEO of a foodservice investment and management companies named Serazen, which consists of Papa John’s Pizza and Hardee’s franchises and BLD Brands, which consists of Stir Crazy Asian Grill and Spaghetti Warehouse Restaurants. Headquartered in Newport Beach, CA, his companies together generate nearly $180 million in annual revenues from 143 establishments located in 15 states across the US. Mr. Pak founded BLD Brands and Serazen in 2005 with no money in his pocket but raised more than $120 Mill of capital to grow his business from scratch. He is also an investor in a number of startup ventures in various industries that include robotics, internet, and children services.
Prior to 2005, Mr. Pak co-founded a technology company with an angel investment and R&D funding from National Research Council (NRC), a government technology funding arm of Canada. In addition, his prior work history includes real estate consulting and valuation, corporate finance, and restaurant development and operations.
Mr. Pak currently serves as a board member for Pepperdine University based in Malibu, CA and as an advisor to Loyola Marymount University MBA incubation program. His personal mentor is John Shields, former chairman and CEO of Trader’s Joe’s who grew a small company of 17 units to a multi-billion retail enterprise. He is also a founding member of a Vistage chapter in Orange County, CA. Mr. Pak is a graduate of UCLA with a BS in Business and Economics. He currently lives in Newport Beach with his wife and two children.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Chad developed his love for film while still in middle school by working in the schools audio and video center, getting hands on experience with film cameras, video cameras and audio recording equipment. He continued his love of creating images by attending the art program at Western Carolina University where he earned a BFA in Painting & Photography. Chad went on to be one of the first students to receive a Masters of Fine Art from the Academy of Art University’s Film and Video Production program in 2000.
Inspired by the creativity of the music video format, Chad spent the next 10 years working with the industries best and brightest music video and commercial directors refining his technical skills as a director, director of photography and editor. He was known for his refreshing and creative compositions as a camera operator and his unique visual style made him stand out. Chad was also called upon as a creative consultant workingwith directors doing pre-visualization videos for complex scenes.
During the 10 years while Chad was working in Los Angeles he was hired by the industries top advertising agencies, feature film production companies, record labels and online portals. Creating content for clients that include Disney, Sony and Warner Bros.
Chad currently lives in Asheville North Carolina with his wife and two sons.
Sam Gaw was born & raised in Indiana and has over 15 years of marketing, publishing, producing, and journalism experience. A leader in the Christian community, in 2003 Sam started a string of award-winning monthly newspapers that he sold in 2006. Between 2006-2009, Sam started and sold the rights to two more companies.
Recently Sam sold a news-aggregator website that he ran to a large public company. While the one page site hit 1 million impressions a month, the sale was based on the SEO that Sam created. While a web designer, web developer, and business owner, Sam excels in SEO, SEM, social media, and new business creation. He has built a large and diverse portfolio of media products due to his wide variety of experiences.
Sam met and befriended Millard Fuller via Jeff Cardwell. In 2008, Millard invited Sam to Shreveport to talk about making a feature film about him and Linda.
Steve Zukerman is an American film director who is an Indiana native now living in Los Angeles with over 20 years of television & movie credits to his name. Steve is now fully focused on documentary projects that make an impact in our world.
To date he has produced projects for a number of clients, ranging from companies such as FOX Television, ABC, CBS, NBC, Bravo, Columbia Tri-Star, AMC Channel, MTV, Sony Pictures, Comedy Central, Nike, The Speed Channel, and the Oprah Winfrey Network…to local institutions and non-profit organizations such as the Indiana War Memorial Foundation, Indiana Minority Health Coalition, the CDC, and most recently The Breast Health and Healing Foundation on a documentary about the worldʼs first preventive breast cancer vaccine. As of recently, the prestigious Clinton Global Initiative has designated the film an “Official Commitment To Action”.