Mitch Jaffe

Mitch Jaffe

Founder, CEO

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 PREP’s kitchen facility and base of operations. In addition he leads PREP’s Executive Team and uses his vast experience running numerous businesses by serving as PREP’s CFO.

Doug Marranci

Doug Marranci

Founder, Director of Operations

Doug, PREP Founder and Director of Operations, has been in the restaurant industry for 35-years. As a child he worked in his families food service business, and his passion for the industry followed him into adulthood. He has owned and operated seven restaurants in the Carolinas, and was involved in the conceptualization of numerous restaurant ventures, which ran the gamut from coffee houses to upscale Mediterranean dining. In 2010 Doug was given the task of leasing a local commissary kitchen space, and quickly discovered that there was a large and growing demand in Metro Atlanta for commissary kitchen space and shared kitchen facilities for rent. In response to this demand he formed Independent Kitchen Solutions (IKS) and has devoted himself to sharing his vast store of restaurant operational and promotional experience to help this unsupported group of small food business owners.

Michele Jaffe

Michele Jaffe

Founder, Director of Possibilities

Michele, PREP Founder and Director of Possibilities, began her career in the public relations and promotions industry and then spent the next 17 years in the hospitality industry Sales and Marketing as well as Sales Training. In 2003, Michele formed Coaching Systems, a company which provides performance driven training and coaching services to clients such as: EarthLink, AT&T, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and Hilton Hotels. Michele is also a food artisan wanna-be, and in 2010 created her own specialty food product – Minnie’s Granola. It was during the due diligence process of bringing her product to market that she uncovered the need for a shared kitchen facility like PREP.

JR Santos

JR Santos

Founder, Director of First Impressions

JR has been in the restaurant business for over 12 years. He spent 3 years as a Regional Trainer for Papa Johns before opening his own restaurants, Catalunya Café and City Hot Dogs in Charlotte, NC. JR met Doug Marranci in 2007, and the two relocated to Atlanta to join Atlanta Restaurant Exchange (ARE). While at ARE, JR assisted Doug in launching the Independent Kitchen Solutions project, which helps small food businesses locate commercial kitchen space. JR has extensive experience with internet marketing both in the US and internationally, and is PREP’s social media guru, ensuring that PREP is on the cutting edge of the latest food trends, shared commercial kitchen space and technology advances.

Mitch Long

Mitch Long

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 PREP’s shared kitchen facility and its wholesale food procurement.

Meredith Turner

Meredith Turner

Founder, Controller

Meredith "Merm" Turner is PREP‘s Controller 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 PREP accounting procedures run efficiently.

Julia Sheppard

Julia Sheppard

Sales Management

Julia Sheppard 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 assisting PREP members with food and supply procurement, to help them operate at maximum efficiency.

Jacqui Williams

Jacqui Williams

Operations Manager
Drew Barrett

Drew Barrett

Director, Southwest 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.