Varol Ablak

Chairman & CEO - Ablak Holdings

Varol is the Chairman and CEO of Ablak Holdings, a Pittsburgh based holding company that specializes in the acquisition, operation and growth of franchise businesses. After venturing out as a franchisee himself in the 1980’s, Varol later sold his franchises and started his own restaurant business in 1988 and began franchising in 1993. Varol founded Ablak Holdings in 2009 with the purpose of realizing the benefits and synergies that could be obtained through streamlining the operations of his existing franchise management interface; starting with his restaurant chain Vocelli Pizza. In August of 2013, Varol announced the acquisition of a second franchise brand, Rock ‘n’ Joe Coffee Bar, to further maximize the talent and economies of a multi-brand franchisor. Today, Varol continues to develop businesses to franchise including: Sincerely Yogurt, a high quality self-serve frozen yogurt, V3 Flatbread Pizza, a fast-casual pizza restaurant, Zing Basket, a grocery delivery service and, the #1 Turkish eCommerce site in America.

Varol and his management team have worked closely with franchisees to create a profitable and well managed franchise organization. The combined franchises operate 117 locations in two countries, seven U.S. states and have over 2,000 employees with 113 more locations in development.

Jim Powers, CFE

Executive Vice President - Ablak Holdings

Jim has spent over 30 years in the restaurant/franchise industry and over 25 years with Ablak Holdings’ companies. Working his way up from a pizza delivery driver in 1989, Jim has now served as the Vice President of Marketing for Vocelli Pizza, as well as the CEO of three of the Ablak Holdings restaurant chains. Jim has a degree in marketing, a Franchise Management Certificate from Georgetown University and holds Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) credentials from the International Franchise Association. Jim has also volunteered his time as a board member for Hillcrest Christian Academy for the past 8 years.

Anthony Podboy

Chief Executive Officer - Vocelli Pizza

Tony has been in restaurant/franchise operations for over 30 years and recently joined the Ablak Holdings family in June of 2015. Tony most recently served 11 years with an international franchise pizza chain holding positions of Area Franchise Director & Operations Specialist and Franchise Business Director for the Midwest region. Tony was also President of his own franchise consulting firm. Tony has volunteered his time as a firefighter for the Western Reserve Joint Fire District in Poland, OH since 2006.

Shawn Levine

Chief Executive Officer - Rock 'n' Joe Coffee

Shawn has been in restaurant/franchise operations for over 25 years and joined the Ablak Holdings family in May of 2015. Shawn has held General Management and District Supervisory positions with large domestic co ee franchises, as well as an international retail coffee company. Lending to his experience, Shawn has also owned and operated his own restaurant for several years. Shawn has a BA Degree from the University of South Florida and currently volunteers on the Parking Advisory Board in Mt. Lebanon, PA.

Anil Semelbauer

Chief Executive Officer - Sincerely Yogurt

Anil has experience on both sides of the restaurant industry as a restaurant executive and as a multi-unit and master franchisee. Anil has been in the Sincerely Yogurt system since 2011 when he purchased his first franchise location. He is now a multi-unit owner with domestic and international units, as well as the Master Franchise rights to develop over 100 sub-franchise stores in the Republic of Turkey. Anil also has over 30 years in business experience with the last 7 years directly with Sincerely Yogurt.