Meet our executive team
Chief Executive Officer, Rave Restaurant Group, Inc.
As CEO, Crane is the big cheese at Rave Restaurant Group, Inc. He joined Rave in January 2017, charged with driving culture, growth and success at both Pie Five Pizza Co. and Pizza Inn. An entrepreneur at an early age, Crane honed his food chops leading some of the most well-known brands in the industry. He most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Smashburger, where he led its development from a two-unit start up concept in 2007 to a global company with more than 330 locations. Previously, Crane was Executive Vice President at Fugate Enterprises, Inc., one of the largest Pizza Hut franchisees in the country, where he was responsible for the operation of 210 Pizza Hut units, in addition to Taco Bell, Wing Street, Sonic and Blockbuster Video locations.
President, Rave Restaurant Group, Inc.
As President of RAVE Restaurant Group, Bob Bafundo oversees day-to-day operations for all RAVE brands. An industry veteran with a passion for restaurants, Bafundo joined RAVE in 2016 as president of Pizza Inn. During his tenure, he developed and implemented successful initiatives leading to positive same-store sales and a resurgence in restaurant growth for Pizza Inn. He also led the brand to introduce a new non-traditional brand, PIE, as a complement to the brand refresh and expansion of Pizza Inn. Previously, Bob served as President of Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill. With a background in operations, Bob has worked through the ranks of both single and multi-unit operations with restaurants such as KFC, Tin Star Southwest Grill, Back Yard Burgers, and Rax Restaurants.
Chief Accounting & Administrative Officer
As Chief Accounting & Administrative Officer, Andrea Allen leads financial strategy for RAVE Restaurant Group. She manages all financial and human resource functions for the company including finance and accounting, corporate reporting, audit, payroll and benefits and investor relations. Prior to joining RAVE, she served as Controller and Vice President of Procurement and Information Systems at Bar Louie, BL Restaurant Operations, and was a Financial Consultant for TGI Fridays. Allen has a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Vice President of Marketing, Pie Five Pizza Co.
A Dallas native and proud amateur food critic, Christina joined Pizza Inn Holdings in 2009, winning the coveted Golden Crust award for excellent service to the Pizza Inn franchise community. In 2011, she started working on this exciting new concept, Pie Five Pizza, and has been in love with their food ever since. She’s had a role in the entire concept development from marketing to décor to menu development. Prior to joining Pizza Inn, she spent 5 years at ad agencies on QSR brands such as Domino’s and Popeye’s, where she managed the marketing for franchise co-ops. Christina is a graduate of Texas A&M University and enjoys spending time at Pie Five, eating her Farmer’s Market pizza…and maybe a slice of the Turtle Brownie.
Vice President of Franchise Operations and Support, Pie Five Pizza Co.
At almost 6’7, Tim Breen understands an “elevated” customer experience. But, his goals as Vice President of Franchise Operations and Support for Pie Five Pizza Co. are anything but pie in the sky. With an extensive background with franchise operations for company’s such as Steak n’ Shake, Carlson Restaurants Worldwide (TGI Friday’s) and Walt Disney World Resorts, Breen has been instrumental in scaling the operations and training processes for the growing fast casual pizza brand.
Vice President of Restaurant Development
Chris Heiser is used to building excitement! As the Director of Construction for Rave Restaurant Group, Inc., Chris knows the pie’s the limit when managing construction projects for all Pie Five and Pizza Inn restaurants in development. With 25 years of experience with companies like Fossil Watch Company, where he developed nearly 150 retail and outlets locations, Filtrexx International, where he developed sustainable technology products for the construction industry and St. Ives Realty, where he spearheaded the ground-up construction of major retail shopping centers ranging in size from 15,000 to 30,000 square feet, Chris has the tools to manage the continued expansion schedules for both brands.
Vice President, Franchise Development
Brett Heinen likes to think big especially when it comes to expanding Pie Five and Pizza Inn around the country. Brett has extensive experience in the franchising and hospitality industry. During his tenure as Director of Franchise Sales at Dickey’s Barbecue, his teams ranked #1 for growth and performance in publications such as Technomic, QSR and Nation’s Restaurant News. He personally sold over 250 individual units throughout the country, working both small and very large transactions. Additionally, Brett brings experience as a franchisee. He was a founding member of an area development group that purchased the rights to the Houston Region for the Golden Chick brand.
WHAT TOP RESTAURANT OPERATORS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT PIE FIVE PIZZA
The industry has recognized our hard work, earning us the fastest growing, leading position in our category. What makes Pie Five Pizza franchisees so successful isn’t just our amazing pies. It’s also our proven business approach. Read for yourself what some of the top restaurant operators have to say about Pie Five Pizza.