Managing Partner and Co-Founder
Mr. Cohn is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Reconstruction Partners. Mr. Cohn is recognized as one of the leading experts in restaurant concept development, management and operations in the United States. He currently serves as a leading restaurant consultant and advisor, with recent projects including the sale of Mastro’s Steak House Group. Mr. Cohn’s credits include co-development of Ed Debevics with Rich Melman of Lettuce Entertain You and consultation assignments in the US and Asia. He was awarded the first Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Arizona State University in 1984. Mr. Cohn began his career by co-founding Big 4 Restaurants, Inc. where he created Lunt Avenue Marble Club, Steamers, Oscar Taylor Butcher, Baker & Bar, and Harvey’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill and 10 other concepts. Mr. Cohn has served on the Board of Directors of Morton’s Restaurant Group, Marie Callender’s, McCormick & Schmick’s, and currently with Quaker Steak and Lube, Mastro’s Steak House Group and Real Food Daily. Mr. Cohn has served on several community boards, including Valley Big Brothers and Sisters, The Phoenix Thunderbirds, Boys Hope-Girls Hope, The Phoenix Ballet, The Fiesta Bowl and Young President’s Organization. Mr. Cohn’s undergraduate degree is from Arizona State University. Linkedin Profile
Managing Partner and Co-Founder
Mr. Hite is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Reconstruction Partners. Before founding the company, Mr. Hite was COO and CRO of Back Yard Burgers from 2007 to 2009. From 2001 to 2007 he was CEO and Managing Partner of both Strategic Advisory Partners and Weichmann Hite Partners, boutique M&A advisory firms. From 1999 to 2001 he was President & COO of Dog n Suds. Mr. Hite spent 2 years working for a Kuwait based company initially as Managing Director for 3 countries and then as it ‘s Group Director of Development for the Middle East. From 1992 to 1999 Hite was Chairman & CEO of WLM Development. Mr. Hite was Executive Vice President FED and Sr. Director of franchise Operations for Sonic Corp during its turnaround from 1983 to 1990. Mr. Hite’s undergraduate degree is in Hotel & Restaurant Administration from Oklahoma State University. Linkedin Profile
Donald Chick has over 14 years’ experience in the real estate development and hospitality fields. Chick has served as Vice President for Urban Partners and Creative Director for Ross Perot Jr.’s Hillwood Capital. He has a worked on a number of transformative mixed-use developments including but not limited to: Victory Park and West Village in Dallas, TX, 2nd Street District in Austin, TX and West Ave in Houston, TX. In the hospitality field, Chick has created and designed several establishments including Park Restaurant and Bar Celine, which received accolades from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Dallas Morning News. Prior to Park restaurant, he cofounded La Condesa restaurant, which now resides in Austin, TX. He served as a consultant for Mastro’s Restaurants and a minority partner with Tristan Simon’s Consilient Hospitality. Chick led the design and development of the Dudley Market in Venice Beach, CA. Chick received a B.A from Southern Methodist University and lives in Los Angeles, CA. Linkedin Profile
Prior to joining Reconstruction Partners, Paul has operated his own management consulting practice for more than two decades. His responsibilities included multiple, category-leading brands operating across footprints throughout the U.S., the Americas, Europe and North Africa. Paul has directed consumer and business marketing research in more than 100 focus groups, online insights work and face-to-face intercept initiatives. He led the team that relaunched McRib for McDonald’s and developed international sweepstakes in 56,000 doors at retail for Hanes Hosiery. Earlier he was a network news producer and major market television anchor. Additionally, Paul has taught upper division marketing as an adjunct professor at two universities. He received his MBA in 2005.
Kathy Diamond Ulepic
Kathy Diamond Ulepic founded Kathy Design Associates in 1999 and serves as its president. Kathy has served as the Director of Restaurant & Retail Design at such firms as AM Partners in Santa Monica and the prestigious Babcock & Schmid. Kathy began her career at ka Architecture in Cleveland, OH. Kathy has worked with over 30 restaurant chains and many retail chains performing the services of: Assessment and Planning, Strategic Development, Brand Identity and Trade-dress, Exterior Design, Interior Design, Space Planning, Logo Development, Packaging, Uniforms, Specifications, Prototype Implementation, & Roll Out. Kathy holds a BA in Interior Design from Kent State and holds professional affiliations Past Board Member-Northern Arizona University – School of Hotel & Restaurant Management and Past Board Member-ASID. Linkedin Profile