Our Team - Cheesecake Shop
Joint Managing Director
Warwick is one of the founding partners of The Cheesecake Shop and R & W Traders. With a background in clinical psychology, Warwick joined forces with his brother Robert Konopacki to develop an award winning franchise system that today celebrates over 5 million special occasions every year in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Poland.
An experienced senior executive with broad exposure to wholesaling, franchising, tourism and retail. Ken was previously CEO of Fastway Couriers before coming to The Cheesecake Shop and was a director of The Franchise Council of Australia.
General Manager – New Zealand
David Joined The Cheesecake Shop after 29 years in Managerial roles in the Baking and Food Industry and 13 years as a Franchisee with The Cheesecake Shop bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to his role in the New Zealand market.
Franchise Development Manager
Joining The Cheesecake Shop in 2010, Nick had previously spent a number of years in the United Kingdom developing and operating a multi-location courier business before returning to Australia. As National Franchise Development Manager, he is the first point of contact for prospective franchisees, landlords and agents wanting to be part of The Cheesecake Shop’s award winning system.
Peter Dable started with The Cheesecake Shop in March 2010 as their Marketing Manager after working in various marketing positions for KFC, Red Bull and computer game developer Ubisoft. He moved into the Operations Manager role in November 2014, with the responsibility of aligning the brands values, systems and procedures with the day-to-day activities of its franchise partners. Peter is supported by an experienced operational field team throughout Australia and New Zealand as well as a head office team managing system support, product development and training.
Avril-Summer Cusack started with The Cheesecake Shop in December 2014 following various marketing positions for franchise based systems such as Muffin Break, Healthy Life Group & Civic Video. Avril started her professional career with the Oceania region's marketing team of DHL, a global leader in freight. Avril is supported by a dynamic marketing team comprising of a Marketing Coordinator, Marketing Assistant and Graphic Designer.
Evelyn has been financial controller at The Cheesecake Shop since 2005 and has many years’ experience in accounting. Her team covers all aspects of accounting procedures, from accounts payable and payroll to royalties. Evelyn is supported by Pa Lee, Cathy Im and Amy Huang.
Mark started work for The Cheesecake Shop in 2000 after being the franchisee of The Cheesecake Shop Padstow. He has a wealth of experience running his own businesses in various industries including retail, excavation, property development and hospitality. Mark is often on the road overseeing the store upgrade projects all throughout Australia and New Zealand.
A veteran of The Cheesecake Shop, Terry joined The Cheesecake Shop Family in 1995 and spends his time managing store upgrade projects throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Eric has been with The Cheesecake Shop since 1994 (when Windows version 3.11 was around) and has been helping franchisees with store computer and cash registers, even while on holidays overseas. Not even Y2K could stop Eric from helping franchisees. Eric is supported by the IT Gurus at DEFSYS Group.
General Manager – United Network Suppliers
UNS is responsible for the purchase and distribution of the ingredients that make The Cheesecake Shop’s cakes taste so good. With distribution centres in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland and supply agreements in Western Australia and New Zealand. Ross has a fantastic team controlling the day to day operations.
Test Kitchen Coordinator
Felix joined The Cheesecake Shop in July 2015 and has one of the most important roles for new franchisees, being responsible for three weeks of intense baking and decorating training. Felix has worked in a wide range hospitality establishments over the last 30 years with experience in all facets of the baking industry including Wedding Cakes and more.