Our Team

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Kal Gullapalli

CEO

 

Kal Gullapalli is an Executive in the franchise space. He’s been involved in Orangetheory Fitness, European Wax Center, Dave’s Hot Chicken, VIO Medspa and Marco’s Pizza. With the help of his team, he plans to build MPZ Holdings into the best franchise organization in the country.

Originally from Bloomfield Hills, MI, Kal spent time on Wall Street before working in the franchise sector. He resides in Tampa, FL with his wife and 2 children.

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Matthew Simonetti

VP of Operations

 

Matthew Simonetti has been in restaurant management for over 10 years and with Marco’s for the last five. He enjoys the industry because it is never boring; there are always challenges and changes to face. He also enjoys meeting the different people he interacts with daily.

Matt was born and raised on Long Island but has lived in South Carolina for six years. He is a new father to a little boy, and in his spare time, he likes to golf, fish, travel, and spend time with his family.

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Angel Maldonado

Director of Operations

 

Angel Maldonado was born in New Haven, CT but grew up in Tampa, FL. He has been in restaurant management for 5 years and with MPZ since 2022. He started as a Supervisor in our FL market for Marco’s Pizza before moving up to Director of Operations, then eventually transitioning over to Dave’s Hot Chicken and relocating to South Carolina.

Angel has a passion for helping people grow and develop in their careers and loves that the restaurant industry gives him a chance to do so on a large scale. Outside of work he loves playing basketball, golfing, creating music and spending time with his family. He’s also a devoted pet parent to a beautiful dog named Brooklyn and hopes to one day build and run his own franchise.

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Dan Wright

Director of Training

 

Dan has been with Marco’s Pizza since 2015 and thoroughly enjoys the role of recruiting, coaching, and helping to develop teams. He is very passionate about working with entry level managers and helping them carve out a path towards career advancement.

In his spare time, Dan loves spending time with his family, whether it be relaxing at home, watching Detroit sports on TV, or engaging in various activities outside the house. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Joy, for 7 years and has 4 wonderful (and entertaining) children, Jackson, Caleb, Daisy, and Elijah.

 

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Travis Redmond

Maintenance Supervisor

 

Travis was born in California. He and his family moved to South Carolina 22 years ago. Prior to Marco’s, Travis worked in sales, service and installation of HVAC. He has a 12 year old daughter, whom he adores. He currently lives in North Augusta. Travis has been with Marco’s for two years. Golfing, fishing, or anything outdoors is how he likes to spend his free time.

 

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Chloe Brothers

Accounts Payable Specialist

Originally from New York, (both City and upstate) Chloe came to South Carolina by way of Ohio to enjoy warmer weather and a slower pace of life.  Well, at least it is warmer!

She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Monmouth University in New Jersey and after graduation worked in Public accounting for 3 years.  An opportunity to work for CBS in New York City came to her so she took it and didn’t look back.  From that introduction to broadcasting, Chloe spent almost 20 years in broadcast management in both radio and television.  In 1993 she took a break from full-time work to raise her youngest of three daughters who required some special attention. When they relocated to South Carolina in 2007 she felt it was a good time for her to restart a career and joined Evening Post Publishing in Charleston, first in the Business department for the Post and Courier and later as the Business Manager for the Community Newspaper Group in Summerville, SC.  In 2017, Chloe retired which was enjoyable for a period.  The Covid pandemic halted any travel plans made so she decided to find a new use for her time.  The opportunity to join MPZ fit that bill.

Chloe lives in North Charleston, SC with her family.  They enjoy time together, day adventures, games, movies and laughs.

 

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Jenn Hodgson

Executive Assistant

Jennifer is a 20-year administrative professional with experience in a variety of industries. She’s originally from Northwest Florida and most recently moved to Birmingham, Alabama. She is a proud wife and mother of three amazing children, Conner, Nathan, and Evie.

When she’s not busy with work or family duties, Jenn enjoys hiking, camping, and spending quality time with her loved ones. She is also a devoted pet parent to two rescue pups, Moxxi and Obi. 

 Jenn’s exceptional organizational skills, attention to detail, and friendly demeanor have helped her excel in her administrative career. She takes pride in her work and loves making a positive impact on the people around her.

 

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