DEAN McPHAIL and GREG MEIER

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Dean McPhail and Greg Meier – President and CEO of Starbucks Coffee and Jamba Juice Hawaii, Coffee Partners Hawaii

From zero revenues, Dean McPhail and Greg Meier hit the one million dollar mark in 2005 nine years after introducing Jamba Juice and Starbucks to the state of Hawaii. Dean and Greg hold exclusive rights to the two brands for their Hawaii operations, all thanks to their persistence and determination.

For more than a year, the partners had been dealing with Starbucks International who was at the time steadfast in their stand of not giving out franchises for their brand. Eventually, after realizing their goals and objectives, Starbucks executives gave Dean and Greg the green light to establish the brand in the State.

Greater Good Radio brings Dean McPhail and Greg Meier, crème de la crème of entrepreneurs, and their story on how they were able to build an empire of more than 80 branches of Starbucks and Jamba Juice in the islands.

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BIO:
Dean B. McPhail
CEO

Dean McPhail is the CEO and co-founder of a group of companies that include Coffee Partners Hawaii and Café del Caribe, the exclusive licensees of Starbucks Coffee for Hawaii and Puerto Rico, respectively, as well as JJC Hawaii, LLC and JJC Florida, LLC, the exclusive licensees of Jamba Juice for Hawaii and Florida, respectively.

In 1996, Dean formed Coffee Partners Hawaii in Honolulu with his friend Greg Meier and brother Scott McPhail. After three years of rapid Starbucks Coffee growth, the three partners became the exclusive licensees of Jamba Juice in Hawaii, opening their first store in June 1999. Less than one year later, the group secured the rights for Jamba Juice for the state of Florida. As a result, Dean relocated to South Florida, and opened the first Jamba Juice Florida store in June 2000. The move to Florida lead to the group’s expansion of Starbucks Coffee in Puerto Rico in 2002.

Dean resides in South Florida and oversees the development and daily operations of Café del Caribe and JJC Florida, LLC, while also providing support and direction to the Hawaii companies.

Prior to establishing Coffee Partners Hawaii, Mr. McPhail was the president and CEO of Pacific Video Entertainment Corp., the Blockbuster Video franchisee in Hawaii and Guam. Pacific Video Entertainment Corp. owned and operated 16 Blockbuster Video stores in Hawaii and 2 in Guam and was sold to Viacom in March 1996.

Before joining Pacific Video Entertainment Corp. in January 1989, Mr. McPhail was involved in the management of fine dining restaurants in South Florida. He worked with the C.A. Muer Corp. in several locations including Palm Beach, Sarasota and on the opening team at their location in Ft. Lauderdale. Other restaurant management positions also include The Pollo Grille in North Palm Beach and Joe Muer’s Seafood in Boca Raton.

Dean holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Regis College in Denver, Colorado.

Greg M. Meier
President

Greg Meier is the President and co-founder of a group of companies that include Coffee Partners Hawaii and Café del Caribe, the exclusive licensees of Starbucks Coffee for Hawaii and Puerto Rico, respectively, as well as JJC Hawaii, LLC and JJC Florida, LLC, the exclusive licensees of Jamba Juice for Hawaii and Florida, respectively.

In 1996, Greg formed Coffee Partners Hawaii in Honolulu with his friends Dean McPhail and Scott McPhail. After three years of rapid Starbucks Coffee growth, the three partners became the exclusive licensees of Jamba Juice in Hawaii, opening their first store in June 1999. Less than one year later, the group secured the rights for Jamba Juice for the state of Florida. The move into Florida lead to the group’s expansion of Starbucks Coffee in Puerto Rico in 2002.

Greg resides in Honolulu and oversees the development and daily operations of Coffee Partners Hawaii and JJC Hawaii, LLC, while also providing support and direction to the Florida and Puerto Rico companies

Prior to establishing Coffee Partners Hawaii, Mr. Meier was the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Pacific Video Entertainment Corp., the Blockbuster Video franchisee in Hawaii and Guam. Pacific Video Entertainment Corp. owned and operated 16 Blockbuster Video stores in Hawaii and 2 in Guam and was sold to Viacom in March 1996.

Greg joined Pacific Video Entertainment Corp. in April 1994 after spending over 8 years in the audit division of Arthur Andersen & Co. in their San Francisco, Orange County and Hawaii offices.

Greg holds a degree in Business/Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the AICPA and the Hawaii Society of CPA’s.

Greg serves as a director on the boards of P&C Insurance, and Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii.

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