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Zoup! Eatery Franchise Leadership & Support Team

Our Leadership Team orchestrates the work of an energetic and diligent Support Center Team that provides day-to-day operational services to help your franchise run smoothly. Each member is a resource, a champion, a problem-solver and a partner with an unwavering commitment to your business’ success.  

Eric Ersher

Founder & CEO

Eric started Zoup! in 1998 and has grown from restaurant owner to CEO and Visionary. From 1994 to 2000, he was an owner of Michigan Foods, which manufactured and distributed custom spice blends, pre-mixed and prepared soups to chain restaurants. Eric is responsible for strategic planning, concept and menu evolution, and vision for the Zoup! brand and culture.

Jason Valentine

President & COO

Jason joined Zoup! in early 2018. From 2013 to 2018, he was VP of Operations at Cousins Subs Corporate, a Wisconsin-based fast-casual restaurant franchise. Prior to joining Cousins Subs Corporate, Jason led his family's multi-unit franchise system. Through these roles, Jason has gained a deep understanding of being a franchisor and a franchisee.

Scott Day

Chief Financial Officer

Scott joined Zoup! in 2014. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Michigan and started his career as a Consultant for Deloitte & Touche. Scott has spent the later part of his career developing and growing middle market businesses. At Zoup! his responsibilities include finance, distribution and supply management.

Ed Andrews

Chief Technology Officer

Ed joined Zoup! in 2015. From 2008 to 2015, he was the IT Director for Austin Benefits Group. From 1998 to 2008, Ed worked for Crosswinds Communities in several technology roles, including VP of Information Technology. Ed is responsible for the overall vision, development and implementation of Zoup! technology.

Richard Simtob

Partner

Richard has been a Partner at Zoup! since 2010. Prior to joining Zoup! he was a Partner at Wireless Toyz from 2004 to 2009. In 2002, Richard began working with Eric and was instrumental in helping Zoup! launch and expand its franchise program. Richard is responsible for franchise development and site selection negotiation.

Richard Zimmer

Director of Franchise Development & Real Estate

Richard joined Zoup! in 2006. Before joining Zoup!, he was in franchise development for PJE Enterprises, Fantastic Sams Master Franchisee. Richard has been a licensed commercial real estate agent since 2002 and assists Zoup! Franchise Owners in the franchise qualification process and local market site selection.

Robert Kirma

Director of New Restaurant Development

Robert joined Zoup! in 2009. From 2005 to 2008, Robert was Vice President of Design & Construction for Wireless Toyz. From 1998 to 2005, he was General Manager of G.A.V. & Associates, Inc., an architectural firm. Robert manages the pre-opening process, including design and construction support.

Riley Kirchoff

Director of Marketing

Riley joined Zoup! in 2018. Prior to Zoup!, she worked across departments at Cousins Subs Corporate, a Wisconsin-based fast-casual restaurant franchise. Riley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and leads Zoup!’s creative team, branding initiatives, national promotions and marketing calendar.

Christina Trecapelli

Director of Franchise Marketing

Chris joined the Zoup! team in 2012 as a Franchise Marketing Support Coordinator. She now directs Zoup!'s franchise marketing through digital advertising, brand fund management and new restaurant openings. Chris also drives local store marketing initiatives and fosters community involvement for the brand.