FOUNDER & CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER
Shalin Patel is Founder and Chief Investment Officer for Vibe Restaurants. He started working for his father at the age of 14 at his Subways, Church’s Chicken, and convenient stores before heading to college at the University of Texas. He became a member of the Business School Council and participated in multiple other organizations.
After graduating, he continued the entrepreneurial spirit bestowed upon him by his father and opened up 5 Little Caesars pizzas over the course of 3 years, starting out as manager of the first location to eventually becoming the supervisor. He managed all aspects of the business, including general contracting, payroll, and accounting.
Shalin then partnered with his college friends to create Vibe Restaurants. In the last 12 years, Vibe Restaurants has grown the Little Caesars brand to 67 locations in 8 states and aspire to be a multi-brand concept and employer of choice. He continues educating himself by reading, attending seminars, conventions, and networking with peers in the restaurant industry.
Currently, for Vibe Restaurants, he manages the back office, works on valuations for acquisitions, partners with lenders for financing, and helps with new store development. Shalin believes to always do the right thing, no matter the outcome and to listen and respect others no matter their background or positions.
His passion for traveling has taken him to all parts of the world to experience multiple cultures and people. This has helped him in his profession by being able to communicate with all types of people.
He also considers himself a foodie, eating at some of the world’s best restaurants. A few of his favorite trips have been the World Cup 2010 in South Africa, Bali, safaris in East Africa, and cruising down the Nile and Mediterranean sea.
Shalin also enjoys going to the gym, all sports, bumming on a beach with an ice cold drink and prefers experiences over things. He recently had his first child, 7 long years in the making, and loves spending time with his son and his wife. Having a child has brought a great deal of joy to his life and he hopes to pass his values and Vibe Restaurants on to his son.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
University of Texas - McCombs School of Business
Key Executive Program, MIT
OTHER AREAS OF LEADERSHIP
Restaurant CFO Bootcamp
Restaurant Finance & Development Conference
Restaurant Leadership Conference
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