Founder and CEO
Mark Dawejko is the Founder and Managing Partner of Penn Capital Partners and the founder and CEO of Tomlinson Brands. Since its founding in 2009, Penn Capital, a boutique private equity firm, has focused on four principle activities: angel investing/venture capital, fund management, private real estate transactions, and advisory services. In 2016, Penn Capital entered the Restaurant Industry via predecessor firms to Tomlinson Brands.
Prior to founding Penn Capital Partners and Tomlinson Brands, Mark spent 25 years, investing over $7 billion in real estate throughout the United States and Japan. His transactions were structured in the form of equity, preferred equity, mezzanine, high yield debt, straight balance sheet debt and securitized debt. Dawejko worked in the Investment Banking Division of Wachovia and at GE Capital. He was the head of multiple divisions as Managing Director, President, and Senior V.P. Before joining GE, he held senior positions for real estate companies in the Philadelphia region, and worked as a CPA for KPMG.
Mark has held numerous board seats in both private and public companies in both the U.S.A and Japan. He served on the board of the publicly traded Jack Frost and Big Boulder Corporation. He also served on the board of the privately held Kennedy Wilson Residential, LLC and Kennedy Wilson International companies. Mark led the board of directors for multiple Wachovia corporations doing business in Japan. Mark also served on the boards of many joint venture entities, including GE Capital’s large development and acquisition joint ventures with, Storage USA.
In his free time, Mark spends time with his family and pursuing his passions for hunting, skiing, fishing, and boating. He is an active member of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, where he spent 6 years serving on the Board of Trustees most recently as its President. At BMPC, Mark also served on the Pension Committee, Hunger Committee, and the Budget Committee. He also worked closely with the Church’s substantial foundation. Mark headed Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church’s stewardship efforts for 2014 and 2015. His philanthropic activity supports charities that help the weakest in our communities, especially the hungry.
Vice President of Operations
Corporate Executive Chef
Stephen McRae’s love of food was solidified in childhood where he grew up as an “army brat”. He moved around often and was frequently exposed to different cultures and cuisines. At sixteen, Stephen got his first job as a dishwasher in a kitchen. He worked hard and moved up the ranks over the years before finding himself in his first Sous Chef role. He continued this job through college where he majored in Political Science and realized that he liked cooking just as much as politics. In 2010, both worlds collided when Clyde’s Restaurant Group offered him a job in our Nation’s capital. Stephen worked for Clyde’s for four years in this time he really honed his managerial skills before accepting a job for Iron Chef Jose’ Garces at his Argentinian Steakhouse, Rural Society. This stop is where the technical side and the creative side became something special, he developed his food voice in South American and Spanish cuisine under Chef Garces’s teachings. He then accepted the position of Executive Chef over the Rustico properties for Neighborhood Restaurant Group. He served in this capacity for Five years before a chance email would lead him to a conversation and an opportunity from Tomlinson Brands that he couldn’t pass up!
When not working, Stephen enjoys spending time with his family, watching football, playing and listening to music, and consuming what his wife thinks is an impractical amount written news from all over the political spectrum and late-night xbox sessions.
Email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kwadwo “Drew” Moore
Vice President of Brand Management
Kwadwo was born and raised in upstate New York where his love for food and travel began. From there he graduated from Johnson & Wales University in 2005 (Providence) with degrees in hospitality and restaurant management. While in college he honed his skills in restaurant management by working at various country clubs, hotels, and restaurants. He has spent the last 20 years successfully working and managing various restaurant concepts across the country. He’s enjoyed leading at various foodservice concepts that include multiple government agencies, serving the military, politicians, celebrities and various sports teams. His knowledge of restaurants has allowed him the flexibility to work in various settings. Due to Kwadwo’s matriculation and hard work ethic, he was afforded the experience with corporate training, marketing, and consulting all things hospitality. His greatest attribute is working with a team and taking it to the next level. He applied his entrepreneurial drive to start an impactful non profit. He is especially interested and actively mentors at risk teenagers and incarcerated individuals. In his spare time he enjoys cooking and entertaining. He loves traveling and blogging about his expeditions, especially when he has new culinary experiences.
Will Fleming serves as Acting CFO of Tomlinson Brands in addition to serving as President of Global Shared Services. Mr. Fleming founded GSS as a shared services center in 2003 as a division for finance and accounting services for Lockheed Martin’s telecom division. Mr. Fleming led a GSS acquisition into the restaurant industry in 2014 and has grown GSS to be a nationwide, leading restaurant financial services provider. He started his career in investment banking specializing in M&A and capital raising in the telecommunications industry.
Aley started as a Miss Mabel’s customer who just couldn’t stay away. While searching for a summer job, she applied to Mabel’s and was determined to fill any position available. After applying and finally tracking the CEO/Founder down, Aley was hired as a delivery driver but quickly showed potential for more. Her role evolved into being a core member of the Tomlinson Brands team as Operations Manager. She has made major impact at the company in menu development, our best in class packaging development, and developing our social media platforms. Her tastes in food are so refined our chefs seek her opinion on all recipes in development.
Aley is finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Technology from the University of Maryland. With a passion for sustainability, Aley enjoys all things outdoors. In her free time, you can find her hiking, watching scary movies, or spending time around her hometown of Annapolis, Maryland.
Email contact: Aley@tomlinsonbrands.com
Advisory Board- Creative Director
Shelby teamed up with Tomlinson Brands in 2019 to help the company bring their branding vision for each concept to life. Specializing in graphic design and website building, Shelby’s background combined with the firm’s creative vision resulted in a branding powerhouse that shaped the Miss Mabel’s, Cafe du Wake, MyWay, and Fratboy Wings that you see today.
Shelby has 11 years of graphic design experience and has worked with many businesses that are local to the Maryland area as well as others outside of Maryland. When she is not working, she can usually be found drinking coffee, playing with her Australian Shepherds, coaching or playing softball, or reading a book.
Advisory Board Member
Harris Eckstut’s career spans nearly five decades of success in the restaurant business – his own and others from Philadelphia PA to Bay Village, Long Beach Island, NJ and operations up and down the East Coast. For 25 years, Harris owned and operated the landmark MontSerrat Restaurant on Philadelphia’s famed South Street. He was also instrumental in the “main street” development of South Street and was a leader in the area’s historic preservation, being the founding chair of one of the first small business improvement districts (BID) in the country.
As a long-time restaurant veteran, Harris is knowledgeable in all aspects of the food service business: concept, menu, operations, management, marketing, budgeting, bookkeeping, financing, real estate, leasing, maintenance, and the many, many other hats a restaurant business owner must wear. Harris has used his expertise and experience to help scores of independently owned and franchised restaurants. Some of those most recently award winning clients are: Cicala’s at The Divine Lorraine and Vernick’s Food and Drink in Philadelphia.
Harris has been instrumental in guiding Tomlinson Brands in all facets of its operations.
Alexander Tomlinson Dawejko
Advisory Board Member – Real Estate and Finance
Alexander joined Penn Capital Partners in 2017, helping to found the predecessor firms to Tomlinson Brands. He brings international commercial real estate and energy investment experience. Alexander is a Principal of both Penn Capital Partners and Tomlinson Brands. As an Advisory Board member, he provides invaluable insight on real estate, finance, and investment strategy. His global and analytical mindset is grounded in his belief that successful investments require a deep understanding of the people and communities in which you invest.
Alexander is a Senior Analyst at Brixmor Property group, where he specializes in retail real estate. Prior to his current position, Alexander worked in acquisitions for a non-publicly traded multi-family REIT. Alexander gained his international experience as an economist and investment analyst at the largest private oil company in the Middle East, located in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. He earned a Bachelors in Economics at Washington & Lee University (’17) and attended The Haverford School (’13).