Gary Cohen Brings a Proven Track Record of Successful Execution and Deep Industry Knowledge to This Emerging Sector
SARASOTA, FL, January 13, 2020 (PR NEWSWIRE) – Chessler Holdings, a diversified portfolio of investments specializing in connected technology devices that deliver content, sponsorship, and advertising to over 10,000 connected screens and millions of consumers announced the appointment of Gary Cohen as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ART. ART is a first to market industry disruptive technology company that allows consumers to get hot and cold fresh quality food anywhere in the world at the touch of button. Cohen has been on the board of directors since the company’s inception but is now being tapped to lead and scale the company globally.
Cohen previously served on the senior executive team of RedBox and propelled the company to over $2 billion in annual revenue while placing over 40,000 kiosks around the United States. Mr. Cohen also served on the board of ecoATM, the phone recycling kiosk enterprise. More recently, Mr. Cohen was the President and CEO of EZLinks Golf. During his tenure, EZLinks acquired three companies, brought in the PGA TOUR as a significant investor and ultimately sold to NBC Sports in November 2019. For the past year, Cohen has been integrating EZLinks into NBC Sports. Mr. Cohen holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business in both Finance and Marketing. His experience with both technology and innovation, and specifically in the automated retail space, will serve as the foundation for ART’s rapid scale.
“Gary has built a world-class business track record of innovation and growth at companies such as NBCUniversal, Redbox, AOL and his deep expertise in the growing automated retail markets makes him the perfect leader of our game changing technology company ART,” said David Chessler, Managing Director, Chessler Holdings. “Contactless, labor-less retail, a growing trend before COVID-19, has now seen exponential growth, especially for food. It gives our retail partners a whole new revenue stream by delivering a “Restaurant in a box” and their consumers an unparalleled level of customer service through using state of the art technology.”
“As a board member since the beginning, I saw the path to something special at ART. When I dug in deeper to the technology and got to know the incredible talent, the opportunity became even more clear. I have always been focused on building great teams, cultures, and unique value propositions to grow disruptive technology companies,” said Cohen. “ART has all the ingredients to create that reality. I am extremely excited about working with our great employees, placing our new hot machines starting in Q2, and our overall prospects in 2021 and beyond.”
ABOUT CHESSLER HOLDINGS
Chessler Holdings (“The Firm”) has a diversified portfolio of investments specializing in connected technology devices that deliver content, sponsorship and advertising to over 10,000 connected screens, millions of consumers to a broad & affluent audience.
The Firm has strategic partnerships with the C-suite teams at Verizon, AT&T, DraftKings, Samsung, Avis & a host of other fortune 500 companies.
The strategy is to always be more than just capital in a deal. By leveraging their strategic partnerships, The Firm can deploy capital and drive their target investment companies growth by leveraging the broad scale of these fortune 500 companies. For more information about Chessler Holdings, visit www.chesslerholdings.com
ABOUT AUTOMATED RETAIL TECHNOLOGOES
Automated Retail Technologies (ART) is an innovative smart kiosk and food retail consumer experience company. We serve great tasting, fresh food to consumers through smart kiosks. Fusing great food with our incredible technologies creates a game changing consumer experience. Our focus is to help our customers serve their consumers by placing our unattended hot and cold kiosks. They are perfect for retailers, food management companies and to extend a good brand’s retail reach. For more information about Automated Retail Technologies, visit www:automatedrt.com