Barkat “Bert” ColabawalaChief Operating Officer-Partner Franchisee
Bert’s QSR journey started in 1984 when he arrived in New York and went to go work as a baker in a Dunkin’ Donuts in Queens, New York. He used to work nights so he could go to school during the day at Queens College. After graduating with an associates degree in computer information services, Bert held numerous positions in the information technology and healthcare industries.
Bert moved to Atlanta in 1990, and after spending a brief time at a technology firm called CCS, his entrepreneurial drive led him back to the QSR industry. He partnered up with a group and acquired his first restaurant and over the years became a multi-unit franchisee for brands such as Checkers, Burger King and Church’s Chicken.
Bert joined ZSC in 2015 as a Director of Operations and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer overseeing the company’s Operations, Finance, Human Resources and Information Technology functions. Bert is also a partner in the company as well as a franchisee for Dunkin’ with ownership across several restaurant networks.
Bert brings a unique talent of attracting and developing incredible human capital with a calm leadership style that is a hybrid of equal parts inspiration and accountability, together with the firm belief that it is equally important to develop a person as a whole and not just professionally.