Goliath Consulting Group
Goliath Consulting Group

Our Team

Goliath Consulting Group's associates are highly-trained, experienced and dedicated to the success of your business.

Jay Bandy

President

 

As president of Goliath, Jay Bandy has the experience, the contacts and the tools to keep all the parts working together so you can achieve your goals – whether you’re looking to take a new concept from the idea stage to “Opening Day” or looking for long-term solutions to specific issues at your existing restaurant.

 

Jay has built a broad foundation of expertise during his 30 years in the restaurant industry. Currently he is a board member of the Georgia Restaurant Association, member of the Foodservice Consultants Society International and has previously served as an officer for the IFSEA (International Food Service Executives Association) in Atlanta.

 

He’s developed expertise in communications and marketing and in developing and rolling out new products. He has overseen operations at hundreds of restaurants, written training manuals and coordinated operations.

 

He has the know-how to bridge the critical areas of strategic planning, operations, marketing, supply chain, and restaurant development.

 

He’s also a results-oriented, people person, which gives him the skill to bring teams together to achieve their goals.

 

Jay will work with you quickly and thoroughly to assess current conditions – both financial and brand-related. After developing an action plan, Jay directs all members of the Goliath team to deliver results that exceed client expectations.  He’ll make sure that the team maximizes sales opportunities and profit and unit growth based on your unique vision.

 

In addition to his role with Goliath Consulting, Jay is also a managing partner for HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern and a partner in the franchise company that operates Cowboy Chicken franchises in the greater Atlanta area.

Adam Edwards III, NFL Alumni, CFE
Chief FranchaPreneur Officer


Adam is the co-founder of iMatch Franchise, an independent franchise brokerage firm representing over 400 brands. He‘s helped thousands over his distinguished career as a certified franchise executive with millions sold in franchise transactions.  His entire career has been built around taking great care of his clients and cultivating long –term relationships.  


He believes empowerment and education are paramount. “As a former athlete, I was use to a play book and a team-oriented atmosphere. I’ve found that franchising offers both.” He encourages those transitioning or post-career to gain industry knowledge and conduct intense research before getting involved in any business.

 

His award-winning firm facilitates partnerships between entrepreneurs and various franchise concepts. Adam oversees recruitment, business development, and the “Match-Making” process to insure clients get into business for themselves, but not by themselves.

 

“Three keys to success are finding the right People who want to follow a proven Process to maximize Profits.”

 

As a strategic partner of the Goliath team, Adam will work tirelessly to deliver proven results and exceed every client’s expectations. Assessing core values, fiscal fitness, passion and career expectations are among the lengthy value propositions awarded to all clients. “Our goal is to be your one-stop-shop when it comes to creating, buying or selling a franchise.” 

Mark Cohen
Creative Director

 

After working as a creative for some of the biggest and best agencies across the country, Mark founded his own advertising and design firm in 2002. For the past 14 years, he and his team have been fortunate enough to work with many top tier brands in the restaurant and foodservice industry. They are accomplished at building brands from the ground up. This includes developing logos, menu and packaging design, outdoor, tv and radio advertising.

 

Because Mark and his team find restaurant branding exceptionally creative opportunities, they have an natural affinity for these particular clients. (Translation: They really like working on restaurant projects.)

 

You can view some of Mark and his team’s work at www.thisisw.it

Britt Cloud
Consulting Chef

 

Britt is an accomplished, formally trained chef with twenty-five years of experience in the restaurant industry covering all facets of cooking and management. Special skills include opening new restaurants—five to date—from quick serve to fine dining.

 

Before attending the Culinary Institute of America for his AOS in Culinary Arts, Britt honed his restaurant management skills in a popular bakery café chain in Washington, DC. He transferred that knowledge into the kitchen, where he has managed teams of 25+ staff and ensured consistency and efficiency to meet customer expectations.

 

Britt brings to Goliath a solid background and interest in menu development, including wine pairing and integration of beer, wine, and spirits to enhance the dining experience. His culinary creativity is matched by his strengths in operational proficiencies, including managing P&L statements, production statistics, staff schedules, food waste logs, purchasing and inventory, and accounts receivable. 

 

Most recently, Britt served as executive chef for two sister restaurants, creating seasonal menus in scratch kitchens based on a farm-to-table concept. At Goliath, he provides his back-of-the-house expertise to help clients achieve their restaurant visions.

 

Rachael Modena
Bar and Service Consultant


Rachael’s experience in front of the house training, bartending and serving has allowed her to develop a long list of skills and expertise that she now applies as the Bar and Service Consultant with the Goliath Consulting Group team. Rachael is an enthusiastic and extremely motivated member of the Goliath Consulting team. Her extensive knowledge of service training and bar management continues to produce excellence in each of her areas of expertise. 


Rachael has proven the ability to handle a fast-paced multi-tasking environment, build strong long-term customer relationships, and work in high pressure atmospheres. This is only a short list of the strengths that Rachael offers to the Goliath team. 


Before joining Goliath, Rachael worked with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, South City Kitchen and Kevin Rathbun Steak in a variety of training, service and bar roles.

 

Colin Kopel

Operations Consultant

 

Before joining Goliath, Colin’s hospitality career brought him through some of the most respected dining institutions in Atlanta.  He oversaw the training and execution of service teams tasked with the highest volume upscale restaurant in the city.  He’s developed the operations and service skills required for restaurants to thrive in a competitive market and drive repeat business.


Colin’s experience is cultivated through a varying range of concepts from fine dining restaurants, national corporate brands, and family owned casual pubs.  His deep understanding of front of house obstacles unique to the hospitality industry will lead to personalized solutions for your brand.  He believes that successful restaurants are driven by a deep care and appreciation for their guests and specializes in creating a service culture reflective of this ideal.

 

Claibourne Darden

Marketing Manager

 

Claibourne brings with him 20 years of restaurant industry experience and knowledge having worked 
every position in the gamut from fast casual to fine dining. He even does dishes. Most recently he has 
managed and helped develop numerous establishments in the Atlanta area.  


He is a graduate of Georgia State University, with undergrad and graduate work in Finance, International 
Business, Economics, and Political Science. When not working in the restaurant industry, Claibourne 
worked in both commerce and venture capital overseas. All of these experiences culminate to give him 
not only a specific understanding of specific client needs, but larger picture view of the industry, and an 
understanding of multicultural needs and workplaces. 

Guy Pittman
Marketing Intern

 

Guy is a highly motivated, graduate of East Carolina University. Guy is now pursuing a Masters Degree in Marketing, Guy has been included on the Dean’s List for four consecutive years and has also earned a position in the Mu Kappa Tau Honor Society. After returning from a semester abroad in Italy, Guy accepted a role as a Student Global Ambassador for East Carolina University. In his role as Global Ambassador, Guy serves as an advisor and liaison for students interested in pursuing study abroad opportunities. Serving in this capacity has allowed Guy to participate on various panels, to speak to small groups, and to have the honor of being selected as a guest speaker at East Carolina University’s Chancellor Inauguration Gala. In addition, Guy co-founded the ECU chapter of the campus ministry, RUF. 


Guy has a passion for helping organizations tell their stories to achieve organization goals as well as positively impact individuals and community. Out of his passion, Guy works as a freelance marketing consultant for Riley’s Army—a non-profit organization that provides support for children with cancer and their families. Guy joined the Goliath Consulting Group as a Marketing Intern in May of 2017, bringing with him three years of experience in the restaurant industry. 

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