Brandon Solano has built a reputation as one of the most creative and unconventional leaders in the foodservice industry. As CEO of RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc. Solano has been challenged to drive profitable traffic, improve competitiveness and improve bottom-line results at both Pizza Inn and Pie Five Pizza.
Prior to joining RAVE, Solano served as Chief Marketing & Digital Officer of fast-casual concept Pei Wei Asian Kitchen, where he recorded the best positive traffic the brand had seen in seven years. He began his restaurant career with Domino’s Pizza in 2008, where he led the 2010 “New & Inspired” pizza launch as Vice President of Innovation. He later served as Vice President of Development for Domino’s, where he designed the “Pizza Theatre” concept and created the “Fortress Seattle” model market strategy, where he led operations. Prior to his Pei Wei tenure, Solano served as Chief Marketing Officer of Wendy’s, where he drove positive traffic for the first time in 10 years and created the brand’s successful 4 for $4 deal.
Raised in Flint, Michigan, Solano holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. He lives on a sustainable urban farm in Southlake, Texas, with goats, chickens, honeybees, 20 varieties of vegetables and four semi-tame teenagers.