Meet the Management Team
John Hunt, co-founder and CEO
John is a successful entrepreneur who owned a company that imported furniture from Indonesia, then started a company – and the factory – that manufactures national brand makeup brushes and accessories for the world’s largest cosmetics retailers. Before founding I Love Juice Bar with his wife, Vui, John consulted for clients in the restaurant industry, food manufacturing and consumer products manufacturing, with a focus on business start ups, brand development, marketing strategy, operations, and growth and development.
Vui Hunt, founder and executive chief
Vui is an extraordinary, bona fide chef who develops all menu items for I Love Juice Bar and brings warmth, unending energy and culinary expertise to the brand. Before meeting and marrying John, she owned and operated Veggieland — a popular vegetarian restaurant in Atlanta’s chic Buckhead neighborhood. Vui and John worked together to develop I Love Juice Bar, crafting a warm, welcoming and earthy feel that draws customers in.
Cortland Finnegan, partner
Cortland is currently best known as a star cornerback in the NFL, but he is also a businessman who has invested in I Love Juice Bar and is helping us grow the brand. Cortland has a passion for health and fitness, and is hoping to help I Love Juice Bar partner with schools and other organizations that can introduce healthy eating to children. He is also sharing the I Love Juice Bar story with fellow athletes to help them transition into new careers that leverage their celebrity status to help improve their communities.
Michael Bodnar, founding partner, Fresh Hospitality
Michael Bodnar has been making a huge impact in the restaurant and hospitality industry since the early 1970s, when he started as a Shoney’s executive before becoming an early Wendy’s franchisee. While in that role, he founded a company, which became Restaurant Systems Incorporated, that provided software used to more effectively and profitably manage restaurants. Michael now invests in promising brands, and offer his management expertise and technical know-how to help those brands grow.
Matt Bodnar, founding partner, Fresh Hospitality
Matt Bodnar is the author of “Location Based Marketing for Restaurants” and co-founder of MyRestaurantInsight, which provides bookkeeping and administrative services to multi-unit operators. He also previously worked as an import/export consultant at AOKY in Nanjing, China and traded interest rate derivates at Goldman Sachs. “Our experience developing systems for new and multi-unit operators, paired with John and Vui’s marketing and branding talent, is one of the reasons we’re confident that I Love Juice Bar will become the premiere juice bar in America.”
Rusty Rushton, COO of Fresh Hospitality
Rusty brings a wealth of restaurant industry management experience to his role of COO for Fresh Hospitality. After starting as an hourly employee for a food business in 1976, he quickly moved up the ranks. He served as director of operations for Wendy’s locations in Seattle and Portland. He then became a franchisee for Wendy’s in Mississippi until selling in 2002. In 2009 he opened a Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe in Morgantown, West Virginia.