It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victor nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt



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Vic Branstetter


Vic has over 40 years experience in the restaurant industry. Prior to founding Hangar202 and the Branstetter Group, Vic was one of the three original founders of Houston’s Restaurant Group later named Hillstone Restaurant Group. Created in 1977, Houston’s would grow to 49 locations, 5000 employees; covering 13 states. During Vic’s time at Houston's he held roles as VP Operations, head of Real Estate, and was the opening General Manager for location number one. Since creating The Branstetter Group, Vic has provided guidance to brands all over the world with various menus and serving formats from Fast Casual to Fine Dining. Vic graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in economics from Northeastern State College in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

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Ian Sephton


Ian brings over 20 years of experience to Hangar202 with a focus on concept ideation, strategy, branding, marketing, and customer experience design. Since 2008 Ian has helped create 10+ brands from the ideation phase through to opening; All of which are in operation today. He has also led turnarounds and re-branding of concepts for regional and national brands. Before those roles, Ian completed the turnaround of a SaaS technology company doubling the company in less than two years. On the corporate experience side, Ian was previously AVP for the University of Southern California, where he was responsible for $180M P&L, 1400+ employees for the divisions of hospitality (40 venues), housing (54 assets), and transportation (2 campuses). Before USC, Ian worked in senior leadership roles with DHL and the United States Marine Corps. Ian was awarded the Top 25 Alumni Award at CLU, Administrator of the Year at USC, and led 2 companies to the Inc5000 award for fastest growing private companies. Ian has a B.S. in Business Administration from California Lutheran University and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

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Gabrielle Martorana


Gabrielle is responsible for Hangar202’s digital marketing and analytics. This includes content creation and strategy, social media management, the viewer experience and interaction with the brand, the creation of buyer personas, target market research, as well as tracking, analysis and reporting of Key Performance Indicators. Prior to joining Hangar202, Gabrielle worked in the hospitality industry as well as a freelance marketing manager specifically in web design, social marketing, and digital marketing. Gabrielle graduated from San Diego State University’s Hospitality and Tourism program with a minor in Business Marketing. She is a member of the American Marketing Association and continues her education in digital marketing theory and technology to ensure her techniques and systems are always evolving and staying up to date with the latest trends and technological capabilities.

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Daniel Schwerdtfeger


Daniel currently works with Hangar202 as an FP&A/SP&A consultant. Prior to his consulting work, he worked as the FP&A Manager at SADA Systems, where he oversaw all processes related to finance and accounting in a fast-growth environment. The company more than doubled its annual revenue to over $100MM from 2015 to 2017. In 2016, 2017, and 2018, SADA Systems was named to the Inc. 5000 list of America's fastest-growing companies for the 9th, 10th, and 11th years, respectively. During this time, he led the company through its first-ever financial audit, resulting in the auditing firm issuing an unqualified opinion on the company’s finance and accounting processes and outcomes. He also served as the back-office lead in a sell-side due diligence process that resulted in a successful and complete divestiture of a business unit to a strategic buyer backed by a private equity firm. He has a B.Sc. in Economics and Finance from the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Business.

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Dean Lalap


Dean is responsible for Hangar202's financial modeling and accounting. His role includes, but is not limited to, financial projections, strategic modeling, monthly financial consolidations, reconciliation of transactional data, market research for clients, and project management. Before joining Hangar202, Dean was an electrical engineer intern at Inboard Technology, where he assisted in the development of a thermal model for the Inboard M1 electric skateboard. In his undergraduate years, Dean was an active member of Triangle Fraternity, overseeing various projects including print and digital design, video production, directorship of a broadway musical, and leadership and coordination of a high school hovercraft camp outreach. Dean holds a M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering and Business Management from King's College London and a B.S. in Physics from the University of California, Irvine.