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Wingman Leadership

Max Kunik
Robert Strong
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Max Kunik has worked in the Austin food industry his entire professional life. He earned a degree in Entrepreneurship from St. Edward’s University and has continuously strived to make businesses operate in a more efficient manner. While in college, Max managed operations at Austin Restaurant Week, was employee number one at Favor in which his position was to run daily operations for the food delivery app, and up until the launch of Wingman Kitchens, operated Jaime’s Foods, LLC. For 8 years Max ran Taster's Table Club, which featured restaurants, chefs, and food trucks to hundreds of members.

With ten years of experience in the Austin food scene, Max has gained a significant understanding of the people’s needs within the industry. He is passionate about connecting food entrepreneurs with opportunities to succeed.


Robert Strong holds a BA in History, Cum Laude from Ithaca College, in Ithaca, NY. Following a successful eight year career as a military intelligence analyst, and two tours to Fallujah, Iraq, Robert moved to Austin in 2011, attending Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts. He has seven plus years of experience in the food industry.


Robert has worked in several Austin restaurants, to include: Uchi, Peached Tortilla Food Truck, and Thai Fresh.  He was the co-founder of Pretty Thai For A White Guy food truck in January 2013, and was featured on Season 5 of Eat St. on the Cooking Channel.  Robert launched Pretty Thai® Specialty Sauces & Spices in early 2016, hitting the shelves of several Austin stores to include Central Market and Wheatsville Co-Op in the summer of 2016.   


Pretty Thai® was honored as a 2018 H-E-B Quest For Texas Best Finalist, launching as a Primo Pick into 191 H-E-B’s in January 2019.  Robert is passionate about the local food scene, supporting local food companies and suppliers, as well as providing insight into growing a successful natural food brand into retail stores.  In addition to Pretty Thai®, he launched the Palmer Nicklaus Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt non-profit focused on supporting and feeding families at Dell Children’s and the Ronald McDonald House in Austin.

Jason Scheinthal is a seasoned professional with over two decades of experience in the hospitality industry. He holds a degree from Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Throughout his career, Jason has gained valuable insights by working with the largest privately owned restaurant company in the nation and also venturing into entrepreneurship with his own small businesses.  Jason has a unique perspective, combining extensive industry knowledge with hands-on experience as a business owner. This dual viewpoint equips him with a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities in both corporate and entrepreneurial settings within the hospitality sector.

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