Julio Ramirez has more 40 years of experience in the multi-unit restaurant industry. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for BurgerFi International. He previously founded JEM Global, Inc., (“JEM”) a company specializing in assisting QSR and fast casual brands’ with franchising and development efforts domestically and internationally. Among several projects, he consulted Dunkin Brands on its Brazil entry strategy and Buffalo Wings and Rings on its Mexico development strategy. He was also co-owner of Giardino Gourmet Salads, South Florida’s premier fast-casual concept, helping to grow the brand in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Naples, Florida. Prior to JEM, Julio was with Burger King Corporation for more than 25 years. In his role at Burger King he introduced the brand in over 10 countries throughout Latin America, effectively establishing the supply chain, selecting outstanding franchisees, and building successful teams in several Central and South American countries.
Julio holds an MBA from the University of Georgia. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as an Executive Board Member of the United Way of Miami-Dade County, was a founding member of the BurgerKing “Have it Your Way” Foundation, and is currently a member of the prestigious Orange Bowl Committee. Mr. Ramirez was an external director at Grupo Intur – the largest franchisee of American QSR brands in Central America with over 200 locations of 8 different brands across several nations.