Darrell J. Valenti, Chairman and President
darrell Darrell began his career in the restaurant industry in 1968 in Palo Alto, California as a cook at the age of 15. In 1969 he was promoted to assistant manager with Harmon Management. From there he went on to become a restaurant manager and eventually a District Manager before venturing out on his own in 1979 when he founded Valenti Management. Over the years, Darrell has seen the company he founded earn every national honor within the systems the company operated for sales, service, quality, cleanliness and profitability. At the same time he developed a reputation for being able to turn around under performing restaurants while being recognized for his focus on people. He has served as a regional and national Franchisee Representative in both Taco Bell and KFC. He has also served as president for numerous advertising associations and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Valenti Group.

Steven M. Nesbitt, Executive Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer
Steve is a 1976 graduate of the University of Illinois and a CPA. He is in his 22nd year as a partner with the Valenti Group and serves as the Chief Financial Officer. Steve began his career in public accounting before joining the company. He has served on numerous professional committees over the years. He has also been instrumental in leading the negotiation of acquisitions and the long-term growth and strategic planning for the companies.

Peter J. Grant, Senior Vice President
Peter is a graduate of Florida State University. Peter joined the companies as a partner in 1997 and serves as the Chief Operating Officer. He has been in the restaurant industry since 1989 and is currently responsible for all aspects of daily operations. He has served as president of various advertising associations and as a franchisee representative and is currently President of Wendy's Franchise Advisory Counsel. He has served on numerous other professional boards and committees.

 

Francis J. (Jerry) Jahn, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel
jerry Jerry is a graduate of The University of Illinois and The University of Illinois College of Law.  He is the President of Meyer Capel, A  Professional Corporation, a thirty lawyer law firm headquartered in Champaign, Illinois.  Jerry has served as General Counsel to the companies since 1985.  In addition to representing the companies, he also represents numerous other clients involved in the casual dining and quick service restaurant businesses.  He is a member of the Champaign County and Illinois State Bar Association and served for more than fifteen years on the Corporate Acts Advisory Committee to the Illinois Secretary of State. 

Troy G. Valenti, Vice President of Real Estate and Acquisitions
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Troy is a graduate of the University of Alabama.  He joined Valenti Management full time in 1997 and has been a partner since 1999.  Troy serves the companies as Vice President of Real Estate and Acquisitions.  He is responsible for all real estate management, strategic planning, financial analyses, site selection and construction activities of projects from inception to final use.