Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Mitch, PREP® Founder and CEO/CFO, brings a unique combination of analytical, business and creative skills to the PREP® executive team. He has run numerous, and successful, turnkey commercial development projects, condominium developments, income property turn-a-rounds and is a true entrepreneur. Mitch was responsible for the site selection and development of our kitchen facility and base of operations. In addition he leads the PREP® Executive Team and uses his vast experience running numerous businesses by serving as CFO.
Founder, COO, Business Development
Doug is a 48-year industry veteran. Starting as a child in his family’s food business, the passion for the industry followed him as he launched seven restaurant concepts in the Carolinas from Coffee Houses to an upscale Mediterranean concept. In 2010 after coming to Atlanta to launch Atlanta Restaurant Exchange, a Real Estate brokerage, Doug discovered the need for commissary kitchen spaces in Atlanta as the demand was increasing for affordable spaces to start or grow food related businesses. Doug has helped launch and accelerate more than 500 businesses at PREP® over the last 6 years, lending his expertise in business mentoring, restructuring, branding, market development, operational consultation and sharing strategies that worked for many PREP® Members over the years. Doug helps navigate and simplify the maze of regulations required for food operations.
Founder, Director, Social Marketing - Brand Communications
Romildo Marranci is a co-founder of PREP, a leading provider of commercial kitchen space and business resources for food entrepreneurs. With over 20 years of experience in the food industry, Romildo is a seasoned professional with extensive knowledge and expertise in all aspects of food business marketing and management.
Romildo ‘s experience includes three years as a Regional Trainer for Papa John’s and partnering in restaurants Catalunya Café and City Hot Dogs in Charlotte, NC. In 2008, he and his business partner Doug Marranci relocated to Atlanta to launch Atlanta Restaurant Exchange, a real estate brokerage firm. During this time, they identified a gap in the marketplace for commercial kitchen space that could provide small food businesses with affordable and flexible facilities to grow their businesses.
Daily, Romildo is heavily involved in PREP’s business development services, which are designed to help food entrepreneurs grow and scale their businesses. These services include access to industry experts, marketing and branding support, packaging and labeling, video and photography, SEO, and social media marketing and analytics.
In addition to his work with PREP, Romildo is also an accomplished artist with a unique style characterized by bold colors, strong lines, and a deep sense of emotion. His artwork can be found in PREP’s Atlanta and Texas locations, adding a vibrant and dynamic element to the bustling atmosphere. The pieces are carefully selected to complement the style and character of each location. They are a testament to PREP’s commitment to creating a welcoming and inspiring environment for food entrepreneurs.
Overall, Romildo is a true asset to the PREP community. His deep industry knowledge, business strategy expertise, and marketing skills make him a valuable partner to any food-related business looking to grow and thrive. His commitment to supporting the next generation of food entrepreneurs in Atlanta and beyond is unwavering, and his dedication to helping small businesses succeed is an inspiration to all who work with him.
Founder, Executive Managing Director
Bill Britain has been involved in the commercial services industry for more than 20 years. During which time, he served in numerous operational and financial leadership roles. After gaining experience in Internal Audit, Mergers and Acquisitions and Logistics Management for several large organizations, Bill joined the PREP® original team in 2012.
Bill has served in a variety of officer and board positions including key roles at Premier Appraisals, Primis, Land America and BBG. He currently serves as the President of Valuation at BBG, one of the largest Commercial Real Estate services firms in the US.
Bill graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science degree, and he earned an MBA from Louisiana State University. He also holds a Certified Public Accountant designation in the State of Georgia. Bill is a key advisor to the Management Team and collaborates on the company’s strategies for expansion and financing while providing periodic accounting reviews and related advice.
Founder, CRO, Business Development
Drew Barrett is an entrepreneurial strategist and business builder with a successful track record of bringing ideas to market, growing established companies, and turning around underperforming organizations. Most recently, he successfully developed and launched Brooklyn FoodWorks, the largest operator of commercial kitchen space in NYC. His work with Brooklyn FoodWorks earned a variety of accolades, and he was named a Brooklyn 100 Influencer and included as one of the 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in NYC Food Policy. Drew is actively working towards expanding the PREP® business to Austin, TX.
Founder, Wholesale Food & Supply Procurement Manager
Mitch has been in the Food & Beverage industry for 25 years. Born in rural Tennessee, Mitch grew up on a family farm and went on to earn a degree in Agricultural Business Management. Mitch relocated to Atlanta and helped grown the O’ Charley’s Restaurant Chain from 9 restaurants to 32, until he was recruited by Hard Rock International to be Assistant General Manager at their underperforming location in downtown Atlanta and Regional Training Manager for other underperforming stores. Given Mitch’s track record of success, he was selected by Hard Rock’s Corporate Headquarters to organize, catalog and author a worldwide on-line operations and standards manual which is still in use today. He turns his expertise now towards the shared kitchen facility and its wholesale food procurement.
Meredith “Merm” Turner is Controller for PREP® in charge of accounts receivable and Accounts Payable. Prior to joining PREP®, Meredith worked closely with Mitch Jaffe in his various real estate development projects. Merm brings over 20 years’ experience in accounting practices and management skills to PREP®, and ensures that all accounting procedures run efficiently.
Julia Sheppard, Sales Manager joined the PREP® team in January 2015 with 10+ years’ of service industry experience and has worked with several notable Atlanta dining and catering outposts. Julia now applies her extensive food and beverage industry experience to her meetings with aspiring culinary entrepreneurs to help them get started in our Dedicated Kitchens, Food Truck Commissaries and Shared Kitchens. With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State and Experience in many different areas of PREP®, Julia is instrumental in the administration and management of PREP® on a daily basis.
Sales and Community Manager
Katy has over 15 years in the food and hospitality industries with a focus on sales and marketing. She is a true food fanatic with experience in restaurant service, cooking, events, food blogging, and content creation.
After living in Austin for 12 years, she has watched the food scene explode to new heights and is thrilled to be serving the PREP® ATX community and helping entrepreneurs achieve their food business goals.
Amy Gomez McCosker
Accounting Manager/Human Resources Director
Amy brings a unique background to our company. She is skilled in a combination of accounting principles and human resources management. She brings over 20 years of experience in restaurant franchise development, accounting, human resources, and operational systems to our company. Amy is responsible for maintaining policies and procedures that sustain our business models. She brings energy and passion to our team that results in a win-win outcome for our company.
Sales Development Executive
Bill Spreng is the Sales Development Executive at PREP, a leading provider of commercial kitchen space and business resources for food entrepreneurs. Leveraging over 24 years of dedicated service as a retired Air Force Veteran, Bill brings a wealth of leadership experience and a proven track record of success to his current role. As a former Director of Recruiting, Bill has honed his talent acquisition, sales, training, and program management skills. His extensive background in recruiting operations and marketing has equipped him to excel in dynamic and fast-paced environments. Bill’s comprehensive expertise extends beyond domestic borders, encompassing global activities that have given him an understanding of diverse markets and business landscapes. His commitment to enabling teams to exceed expectations is evident in his leadership style and accomplishments throughout his career. With a foundation built on military discipline and a strategic mindset developed through years of service, Bill is a valuable asset to the team at PREP. His unique blend of skills positions him as a key driver of success in the ever-evolving world of commercial kitchen space and business resources for food entrepreneurs.
Director of Operations
Brett brings over ten years of property management and maintenance experience to the expanding Texas market. He joined the PREP Team after expanding the success and growth of the Museum of Ice Cream and helped in the creative design and inspiration of their new locations. He is a US Navy Submarine Veteran and is responsible for the Operation and maintenance of the current Austin location and the development and operation of future sites in Texas.
General Manager - PREP SOUTH
VP of Pre-Construction
Research & Design