Board of Directors
Michael D. Pruitt
Michael Pruitt founded Avenel Financial Group, a boutique financial services firm concentrating on emerging technology company investments, in 1999. In 2001, he formed Avenel Ventures, a technology investment and private venture capital firm. In February 2005, Mr. Pruitt formed Chanticleer Holdings, Inc., which commenced operations in June 2005 with him as Chairman of the Board of Directors and President, roles he continues to serve today. In January 2011, Mr. Pruitt became a director of the board of Hooters of America, LLC. Mr. Pruitt received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, where he sits on the Board of Visitors of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration, the Coastal Education Foundation Board, and the Athletic Committee of the Board of Trustees.
Neil G. Kiefer
Neil is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia and received his Law Degree from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Neil was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1979.
Neil practiced law in St. Petersburg from 1979 to May of 1992: He was asked to serve as Chief Executive Officer of the newly formed Hooters Management Corporation in Clearwater, Florida. Hooters Management Corporation was created to manage, operate and further develop the Hooters restaurant concept which was founded in Clearwater, Florida in 1983.
Since 1992, Neil has continued to serve as Chief Executive Officer of Hooters Management Corporation, Hooters, Inc. and all of its affiliated companies. In 1994 Neil was appointed as a board member of those entities and has continued to serve in the foregoing capacities. He was also Chief Executive Officer of the Hooters Casino Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada from 2006-2012 and was also a holder of a Gaming Operator’s License issued by the Nevada State Gaming Control Board.
Neil has also served the community over his professional career in the Tampa Bay Area. Neil served from 1990-2012 as a voluntary assistant varsity boy’s basketball coach at Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, Florida. Additionally, Neil has served as a board member for the Pinellas County Urban League, the Pinellas County Police Athletic League, Tampa Bay Sports Commission and the Pinellas County Educational Foundation.
Neil is married to his wife, Selina “CeCe” Kiefer and has (2) adult sons Byron and David and one adult stepson, Tyler and a stepdaughter, Katy (15).
Keith J. Johnson
A highly accomplished senior executive and corporate officer with extensive experience in business and technology management, accounting systems, financial controls, business development and management intelligence. Previously, Mr. Johnson served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Telemetry Company in Dallas, Texas (1997-2004). He had previously been at Brinks Home Security from 1986-1992 where he was a member of the start-up team and the original Chief Financial Officer responsible for creating the business model and servicing operations infrastructure. From 1992-1995, Mr. Johnson was the Chief Financial Officer of BAX Global in London, England. BAX was an ex-patriot assignment in which Mr. Johnson was responsible for Europe, Africa and Middle East business development, financial planning and accounting functions with a global staff of 75 professionals.
Russell J. Page
A thirty-five year investor relations executive and currently the founder and principal of Rusty Page & Company, a unique equity marketing/investor relations consulting firm engaging with small, mid-cap, and large cap companies. Mr. Page formerly sat on the Board of Directors of The Diamond Hill Financial Trends Fund. Previously, Mr. Page served as Senior Managing Director of The NASDAQ Stock Market. He also served for 17 years as Senior Vice President and Equity Marketing Executive for NationsBank Corporation, the predecessor of Bank of America, where Mr. Page was responsible for investor relations and all equity related capital markets functions for that $ 1 trillion plus asset financial services company. During that time, NationsBank raised $10 billion in equity capital and became the most widely followed public company in America. Previous to joining NationsBank, Mr. Page was Executive Vice President for public and financial affairs at PCA International, Inc. Mr. Page was also a former board member of IXC Communications (predecessor of Cincinnati Bell, Inc.) and former Vice Chairman of the National Board of Directors of The National Investor Relations Institute. Mr. Page in an alumnus of the University of North Carolina in Charlotte.
Larry S. Spitcaufsky
Larry S. Spitcaufsky is the owner and director of Petroleum Technologies Inc., an oil and natural gas exploration company in Kansas City, Missouri established in April 1983 and the founder and chairman of Hootwinc, LLC, a restaurant franchisee in California, established August 1992. He has been a partner and board member of Healthcare Delivered, LLC, a mobile dental company that delivers dental care directly to senior homes since May 2015. He has also served on the board of the La Jolla Institute of Allergy and Immunology since August 2015. Mr. Spitcaufsky has additional business investments, including LBBIG, which is currently developing the Southern California market for Little Big Burger, a Chanticleer brand specializing in made-to-order burgers and truffle fries.
Mr. Spitcaufsky spent 28 years as a partner in the family-owned Arrow Truck Sales in Kansas City, the largest pre-owned heavy-duty and medium-duty truck dealership in the United States and Canada. When Arrow was sold in 1998 to Volvo Truck Corporation, Mr. Spitcaufsky stayed on in his capacity as executive vice president and Chairman of the Board until 2000. He was also a board member, from May 2011 through June 2014, and treasurer, from May 2012 through June 2014, of the Rancho Santa Fe Association.
He joined Chanticleer’s board August 25, 2017.
Mr. Wagoner has served as a Managing Director and Head of the High-Yield & Distressed Securities division of Source Capital Group since 1995. Mr. Wagoner has over 35 years of investment securities experience and has developed specialized expertise in high yield and distressed debt instruments. Over the years, he has served on a variety of creditor committees for high profile commercial bankruptcies. He serves as a member of the board of directors of Argus Research Group, a leading independent equity research firm, and is a member of the Board of Visitors at Wake Forest University.
Mr. Wagoner is a graduate of the University of North Carolina with a BA in psychology and received his MBA from the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University. Mr. Wagoner holds NASD Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.
David P. Osborn
Mr. Osborn is the Senior Vice President of Advisory Services for HealthTrust. In this role he directs and supports HealthTrust’s advisory services and consulting practices, including its offerings in Total Spend Management, Supply Chain Management, Workforce and Labor Management, and Clinical Performance. He has over 30 years of experience consulting with healthcare clients in the areas of business strategy, operations, innovation and technology.
He has served as a Partner and held leadership positions in global consulting firms, including Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and KPMG. Mr. Osborn also serves as Chairman of the Board for Blue Coast Burrito, a company that owns and operates fast-casual, southwest-style restaurants in four states in the southeastern United States.
Mr. Osborn is a graduate of Harding University and holds a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee and serves on the Advisory Boards for the American Heart Association and the Mercy Children’s Clinic.