Jeff Smit

Chief Operating Officer

Jeff Smit

Mr. Smit took over Chief Operating Officer responsibilities for Kahala Brands in June, 2009, after successfully running the Blimpie brand as President from November, 2007 until December, 2014. Mr. Smit has more than 35 years of experience in food service management. His commitment to providing customers with the finest dining experiences has helped Blimpie and Kahala prosper. Mr. Smit’s wide-ranging skill set and passion for excellence allows him to provide all Kahala franchisees with the high quality products, training and support they need to build and maintain amazing franchise operations.

John Wuycheck

Senior VP of Development

John Wuycheck

Mr. Wuycheck has served as Kahala Brands’ Senior Vice President of Development since September 2014. Mr. Wuycheck is a distinguished franchising professional who has worked for a wide variety of successful and nationally-recognized franchise brands, including HomeSmart International®, Edible Arrangements®, and Seattle’s Best Coffee®. As an accomplished and visionary development executive, Mr. Wuycheck helps Kahala franchisees make smart decisions when buying a world-class food franchise. He works hand-in-hand with each franchise business owner to design concepts, strategies and processes to build great franchise locations.

Blake Borwick

Vice President of Operations

Blake Borwick

From 2015-2016, Mr. Borwick served as a Regional Director of Operations for Blimpie, Cold Stone Creamery and Maui Wowi covering his home state of Iowa, as well as Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. He has also been a multi-unit Cold Stone Creamery franchisee for nearly 10 years in Waterloo and Cedar Falls, Iowa. Mr. Borwick’s broad scope of experience positions him well to work alongside Blimpie franchisees to improve operations, maximize profitability and develop a Bigger, Better, Blimpie®.



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Blimpie Franchising Facts

Business Established


Franchise Units


Liquid Capital Needed


Total Investment for a traditional Blimpie restaurant

$139,970- $401,450
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