FOUNDER & CEO
Kamal has always been an entrepreneur at heart. He discovered his talent and legacy-building mission when he purchased his 1st restaurant and developed it from a bankrupt unit to multiple units. He knew through persistent and tireless commitment to his people, brand, and his customers that he could break down barriers and build a business. As CEO and President of Emerge! Inc., Kamal has grown from a single franchise owner to owning one of the fastest-growing restaurant groups in the Southwest United States. After spending more than a decade as a franchise operator, multi-unit owner, and cross-brand owner, Kamal knows what truly drives success, profitable stores and expansion. He knows that successfully building restaurant units is only possible by connecting with their heart-beating communities and building up their people to succeed in work and in life.
Kamal has developed a culture in Emerge where the company's growth comes from the empowerment of its people and the synergy of the core leadership team. Emerge is one of the fastest-growing restaurant franchise organizations. Emerge Excels in operations, people development, leading with heart, and continual improvement. Emerge's leaders strive to be top performers in their respective teams, usually being in the top list of operators in that restaurant brand. For several years, Emerge has been in the top 3 franchises in Balanced Scorecard for a large organization, top 5 organization in the nation in Pizza Hut operations, and growth approved partner in Taco Bell and KFC.
In 2009 he gained approval to be a franchisee of Lenny’s Sub shop and purchased his first unit. He was a multi-unit operator in 2010 with the purchase of 2 additional Lenny’s Sub Shops and 1 Bullritos restaurant in the Houston DMA. By 2012 he diversified into Auntie Anne’s, Nestle and Baskin Robbins, taking him to 7 units. In 2015 he ventured with Yum Brands to expand his portfolio to 23 units, including Kentucky Fried Chicken and Taco Bell. In 2017 he made a major move with Sonic Restaurants and purchased and successfully transitioned the corporate Houston market, which included 34 units. In 2019, he added a 3rd major brand to the portfolio and entered the Taco Bell system through the purchase of 6 units. The next 2 years were full of New Builds and Remodels, and then in 2020, in the middle of a pandemic, he expanded to Arizona by adding another major brand through the purchase of 30 Pizza Hut stores. In 2021, Emerge continued with strategic new builds, relocations, and remodels and forecasts ending the year with 131 units.
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