Chris Hurn | Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Cofounder
Chris oversees the day-to-day management of Kennedy’s International Franchising, the parent company of Kennedy’s All-American Barber Club. He’s involved with nearly all aspects of the business, most notably with marketing, corporate strategy and franchise training. Chris also owns the Kennedy’s Club nearest his home in Lake Mary, Florida.
Chris is also the Cofounder/CEO of Mercantile Capital Corporation, one of the leading small business commercial real estate lenders in the nation. As a small business owner who provides financing for small business owners, he has a unique perspective on the commercial lending industry as well as a deep understanding of what it takes to be successful as an entrepreneur and franchisee.
Throughout his career, Chris has served in various leadership positions, including his background as a business consultant and financier with GE Capital and as CFO for the NAI Realvest group of companies. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago with two magna cum laude bachelor degrees; earned a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Center (formerly at the Wharton School of Business); and left Georgetown University Law Center after his first year, deciding not to pursue a legal career. Chris is married to his wife of 16 years, Shannon, and has two children, Julianna and Reilly.
Tony Zara | President, Chief Financial Officer, Cofounder
Tony helps manage the day-to-day operations of Kennedy’s International Franchising. He manages the financial side of the business and is involved with vendor relations.
Tony is also the Executive Vice President of Mercantile Capital Corporation. Prior to joining Mercantile, Tony worked as a Business Analyst for American Express in London, England. While in London, he worked within Global Network Services and was responsible for the successful implementation of American Express Blue™ smart chip technology throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Tony earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. While there, he also played quarterback for the Quaker’s football team, which recorded 33 wins, only 7 losses, and 2 Ivy League Championships during his tenure. Tony is married to his wife Catherine, and they have a son, Zachary.