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Ken Stein

Before founding The Kensington Company and Kensington Franchise Sales, Mr. Stein operated numerous drug stores and home health care companies on Long Island for 18 years.

In 1995, Mr. Stein sold his business to Revco Drug Stores, then the second largest drug chain in the U.S. At the time of the sale, one of his stores was ranked third in sales volume out of Revco's entire chain of 2,500 stores. Mr. Stein was able to achieve this significant success with his business by emphasizing superior service in a highly competitive marketplace and, as a result, was able to expand the size of the store twice.

Mr. Stein applies his varied skills in the owning, operation, marketing and sale of small to mid-size businesses to facilitate successful transactions for his clients. In addition, he has achieved the designation of Certified Business Intermediary, which is granted to professionals who complete the stringent requirements of the International Business Brokers Association. Only approximately 350 business intermediaries in the U.S. currently carry that coveted title.

Even more notably, Mr. Stein is one of only 37 Certified Business Intermediaries who have completed the additional rigorous coursework required to achieve the advanced designation of Merger & Acquisition Master Intermediary (M&AMI). Mr. Stein is also a Franchise Specialist with FranNet, which has successfully identified more suitable franchise opportunities for interested candidates than any other organization.


Stuart Levenberg

After graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a double Major in Finance and Real Estate, Stuart immediately began his career in franchising. Working for a 14 unit operator in the Arthur Treacher’s System, Stuart was in part responsible for the financial reporting of all units as well as field support.
In 2003, Stuart made the transition into Arthur Treacher's corporate offices and was responsible for nationwide franchise sales of 4 Quick Service Restaurants.

In 2005, Stuart joined the Kensington Company & Affiliates in their Franchise Sales and Development office. Stuart has forged relationships within the community and has helped match dozens of franchise buyers to right franchise opportunity.

Currently Stuart is working towards completing is Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) Status as well as his Certified Business Intermediary (CBI).

Stuart is a Co-founder of the JAG Foundation, a recognized charitable organization that supports Cancer Research as well as College Scholarship programs in the Long Island Community and currently serves on its Board of Directors.



David Stein

David Stein is a sales and marketing professional and Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) with an established background in building relationships and territories.

David comes to the Kensington Company with over 20 years of franchise experience, most recently as the Franchising Manager for Dunkin’ Brands. There his primary responsibilities were to source, interview and recruit new franchisees and sell additional stores to existing franchisees. While at Dunkin’ Donuts, David recruited 45 new franchisees/area developers which amounted to the opening of over 250 stores.

Prior to working for Dunkin Donuts, David owned and operated a franchise/sales consulting business in South Florida. There he developed the territory into the most successful in the state from a client base of zero.

David uses his expertise in promoting and presenting businesses and franchises to help clients wishing to enter the franchise path to success.

David received the Franchise Licensing Manager Leadership Award from Dunkin’ Brands in 2003, and his CFE Certification in 2005


Gary Epstein

Gary Epstein has just recently joined The Kensington Company as a business intermediary. Gary has a strong background as an entrepreneur and sales executive with more than 30 years of experience building as well as driving the profitability and performance of the companies he was associated with. He worked in the garment center for some of the largest brand names in the apparel industry such as, The Van Heusen Company, Gant, Stanley Blacker and Hartmarx.

In 1993, after evaluating several business opportunities he orchestrated the start-up, development and growth of By Design Worldwide. Gary's business acumen and strategic planning led him to identify and target new business opportunities. His role within the company was to cultivate a client base comprised of major retailers such as Nordstrom, Bon Ton and Costco. While maintaining the sales of the company he was instrumental in increasing the quality standards of the products they manufactured while reducing the costs. Gary was responsible for the profit and loss, systems management and inventory which positioned the company to be triumphant against the competition.

He brings to The Kensington Company years of business experience. His vast knowledge will assist clients in orchestrating the development of owning, operating and marketing their business.



Albert Hakim

Albert is an Entrepreneur with 25 years of experience across many different business segments. He has owned successful retail business, wholesale & distribution, web-based businesses as well as spent time in the corporate world as head of corporate sales at a publicly traded company and a business consultant. He is uniquely qualified to assist in all aspects of business transactions and brings that talent to the Kensington Company.
Sellers of businesses are comfortable speaking to someone who truly understands business, both the complexities and the emotional part of selling one’s business and buyers appreciate his ability to understand the real needs and match a buyer’s skill set to the right business opportunity.

Buyers - People buy businesses for many reasons, they are in career transition, they have been laid off, they want to hedge against a shaky employment market or they just want to take more control over their future. Albert helps his clients identify the real reasons they are looking at business ownership and match them with businesses that fit their objectives.

Sellers - If you are a small to mid-sized company (1-10 million in sales), you really want Albert representing you because he knows how to price, promote and market your business to meet your selling objectives.

Albert has many references from all kinds of industries that he can supply but the most important thing to remember is that he is committed to happy buyers and happy sellers. That is the secret of his success.



Joe Randazzo

Joe Randazzo joined The Kensington Company as a Business Intermediary in 2012. Joe brings a strong background as an owner and operator of multiple pizzerias, Italian restaurants and lounges, with a successful track record in the food industry spanning over twenty years. His largest restaurant management project was Pomodorino Restaurant on Long Island, which Joe conceived, developed and launched as a restaurant chain resulting in seventeen successful locations. Joe oversaw a total of 200 employees before eventually selling the chain and pursuing other opportunities as the owner operator of a number of successful pizzerias. Simultaneously, Joe owned and operated Café Randazzo, serving a specialty of brick oven pizzas and fine Italian cuisine.
At Sapore Del Mediterraneo in Locust Valley, Joe enjoyed similar success, as he built the restaurant from the ground up and turned it into a huge success. He was awarded a 4-Star Review by The New York Times while serving a high profile clientele.

Most recently, Joe has provided his services as a Restaurant Consultant, advising potential restaurant owners in opening a new business, attempting to turn around a failing one, or debating any major changes to a restaurant. His expertise is expansive, ranging from the plan and design of menus, to the physical layout and interior décor of facilities. His unique ideas and proven track record in their successful implementation make Joe a valuable asset to Kensington Company and their clients, especially in the development, ownership and operation of a business in the food industry. Joe’s entrepreneurial experience will enable clients so successfully navigate the owning, operating and marketing of their business.



Gregory Bavaro

Since graduating from the culinary institute of America in 1992, Mr. Bavaro has gained extensive knowledge about the restaurant business as a whole, both at the independent and franchise levels. Through widespread networking he has made numerous valuable contacts in the food service industry. In addition to owning and operating several successful restaurants and catering facilities of his own, he continues to consult for many other restaurant operators.

In such time, he has also launched his own real estate management company specializing in acquiring and managing real estate holdings for its investors. This has expanded Mr. Bavaro’s extensive list of business associates to include some of the major players in the long island real estate community.

In addition, Mr. Bavaro has recently become a partner in a high volume Laundromat/dry cleaners specializing in corporate contract cleaning, further expanding his comprehension of business ownership and management.



Adam Stein

Adam Stein has been Kensington Company’s Office Administrator since May 2013 and coordinates all the Company’s internal sales processes between the various sales associates. He works full time while completing his college degree in the evening. He helps facilitate the flow of data between marketing materials, financials as well as organizational information for Kensington’s associates, sellers and buyers. In addition Adam engages marketing professionals for many of the company’s opportunities in order to maximize the exposure of Kensington’s listings.

During Adam’s free time he loves playing all sports including coaching baseball and basketball.



Lauren Brown

Lauren Brown is a marketing and client services specialist with over 15 years of experience in real estate sales, leasing and retailer expansion. Her background in listing marketing, lead generation and working with sales teams to increase productivity led her to the business brokerage team at Kensington in January of 2015.

Lauren has worked closely with clients such as Walmart, Starbucks, Panda Express and other growing franchises on their expansion planning and territory development with an emphasis on demographics, trends and metrics.

She also brings skills in the areas of design, social media, event planning, online marketing and office administration to the Kensington Company. Lauren is not only involved in the marketing initiatives for the Kensington Company; her talents are actively used on behalf of our clients in marketing their businesses for sale.


Jay Patel

Jay Patel joined the Kensington Company in early 2015. Jay has extensive business ownership knowledge which he is happy to bring to The Kensington Company. Jay's business experience began in Philadelphia where at the age of 19 he started working full time in his brother's pizzeria. Over the years Jay has owned and sold many successful businesses including liquor stores and c-stores. Currently Jay owns 3 Dunkin Donuts in Connecticut. These stores were purchased as underperforming units and with Jay's knowledge and leadership the stores have experienced system leading growth year to year. Jay lives in New Haven County, Connecticut with his wife and two sons. He speaks fluent English, Hindi and Gujarati.


Ken Kendes

Kenneth Kendes is a successful self-made entrepreneur bringing over 35 years of experience in manufacturing, distribution, wholesale and retail selling to the Kensington Company.

As a business owner, Ken led the start-up and sale of his companies which were widely recognized as world leaders in the photo novelty software and supply industries. Mr. Kendes' companies sold systems that provided an opportunity for tens of thousands of people in over 40 countries to own their own business. Ken brings his extensive skill set to Kensington Company to help facilitate successful transactions. During his successful 35 year career, Mr. Kendes has been involved in the sale, purchase and merger of a variety of companies.

Mr. Kendes is a self-described "business guidance counselor" - a role he has found to be very rewarding. He has extensive experience consulting and guiding individuals into businesses that were the right choice for them. Mr. Kendes is a native New Yorker who is active in charitable organizations. He is a Board Member of NAMI - The National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. He is also a member of other civic and community committees.

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