Executive Leadership

Michael Vann, Founder & CEO

For over 20 years, founder Michael Vann has been on a personal mission to build an integrated retail foodservice company that has the diversity and elasticity to ride all economic shifts.  Vann’s entrepreneurial career and expertise is rooted in the development, ownership and management of several New York landmark restaurants.

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Marvin Woods, Chief Culinary Executive

Chef Marvin Woods is an Emmy® Award-nominated television host, celebrity chef and author of lauded cookbooks, Home Plate Cooking and The New Low Country. He is recognized by fans and peers alike by his infectious personality, signature bandana and wildly inventive take on food rooted in northern Africa, South America, the Caribbean and the Low Country. His healthy, quick-food has been regularly featured on the Today Show and in national publications, including O Magazine, Food & Wine, Southern Living and many more.

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C. Thomas Gambrell, Chief Learning Executive

C. Thomas Gambrell is an eminent speaker, trainer and business success coach. He provides learning management consulting services to solve training delivery, knowledge transfer and information exchange problems for business owners, member associations, corporations, not-for-profit organizations and public sector clients.

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Stefanie Kelly, Creative Director of Culinary Development

Chef Stefanie Kelly has been a culinary professional for over 20 years. She was the private Chef of Princess Ala Von Auersberg Isham, and worked for some of New York’s finest restaurants, among them Union Square Cafe, 9 Jones, Aqua Grill, and Sarabeth’s Kitchen. She has catered for movies directed by among others, Dream Hampton, Gregory Tate, & Joy Philips. Chef Kelly’s cooking style is fluid, and loves to recreate & update traditional foods from around the world.  Her concentration is with Pan Asian, African, Latin American and the classic cuisines of Europe, specifically French, Italian, & Spain. Ms. Kelly has just finished a cookbook/memoir, representing a magical journey through her world of food!  UrbanAcres Development Group is proud to have Chef Kelly join their creative brain trust.