Zack Kollias
Chief Operating Officer

joined BNI in 2021 to oversee global operations and ensure the continued growth of the brand around the world.  As the child of small franchise owner, Zack is passionate about helping franchisees be successful. His broad-based business perspective resulting from working in over thirty countries, twenty-five years of finance and operations leadership and exposure to both small and large businesses make Mr. Kollias ideally suited to support the BNI networks. Prior to BNI, he served as the Senior Vice President of US Franchising at Wendy’s.  While there, his team supervised the operations, development, training and marketing of over 5,000 restaurants and 400 franchisees. His previous leadership experience includes roles with Church’s/Texas Chicken, Planet Hollywood, Applebee’s and Dairy Queen.

Zack received his MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and his BA from Cornell University.  Originally from Chicago, he now lives in Atlanta but has also lived four years of his life overseas in Greece, Mexico and Poland.  He speaks five languages (some better than others), English, Greek, Spanish, French and Polish.  He is a board member of the AHEPA Chapter #1 Educational Foundation that issues scholarships to deserving youth annually in Atlanta.  He actively participates in Tai Chi, fly fishing and tennis.  He has been married to Margaret for 27 years and has two sons.