Restaurant Magic Software, provider of Data Central, is led by a unique trio of business partners:
Steve Roberts, President and Founder,
has been focused on providing the best business software systems to restaurant operators for over fifteen years. Creative and passionate, he is committed to making technology work for non-technologists.
Drew Peloubet, Chairman and CEO,
is a restaurant industry veteran. Having led both independents and chain groups, he comes to Restaurant Magic after a distinguished career, most recently as a multi-unit operator with Brinker International’s Chili’s Grill & Bar.
Gary Saling, Chief Financial Officer,
Gary Saling has been involved with Restaurant Magic since 2000. Chief Financial Officer. Saling attended the University of Central Florida, and graduated with a BSBA in accounting.
Steven A. Roberts
Steven Roberts founded AccSys, Inc. in 1989. When first founded, AccSys provided custom business-process software for clients such as Motorola, Tech Data, Budget Rent-a-Car and Outback Steakhouse. When Outback Steakhouse acquired development rights to Carrabba’s Italian Grill in 1995, the president of Carrabba’s approached Roberts with an opportunity to automate the expansion of the concept. That meeting resulted in Restaurant Magic Software, a product specializing in business management software for multi-unit restaurants.
Roberts led the ground up redesign and re-branding by AccSys of its primary product as Data Central, and expanded its breadth to include a full suite SaaS back office system, mobile business tools, and Business Intelligence. It is the trusted information system for thousands of chain restaurants.
Roberts also led the development of AfterWords, a patent pending online survey system that utilizes near real time POS data collection to build surveys based upon each customer’s actual purchases. It is poised to revolutionize feedback.
Roberts is regularly sought after as an expert in the food and beverage segment and was recently named to the advisory board of Site Zeus, a Tampa based real estate site selection and GIS software platform.
A native of Ft. Myers, FL, Mr. Roberts attended the University of South Florida where he interrupted his senior year study as a classical musician to pursue his first software development project, subsequently redirecting his future into software development. He is married to Dolly, a well-known harpist in Tampa Bay, and has two married children and one grandchild. He enjoys reading, mountain biking, fishing and piloting a small plane. The Roberts are active in the community, supporting their local church in Tampa, their second church in the Bahamas, and ministries dedicated to the well-being of children and families including Frameworks, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Compassion International, Metropolitan Ministries, Salvation Army, UNICEF, and Feeding Tampa Bay
Chairman and CEO
Drew Peloubet joined AccSys, Inc./Restaurant Magic Software in 2005. Prior to joining the company, Peloubet was in management as a multi-unit operator with Chili’s, in addition to building a successful private equity real estate investment fund.
As chairman and CEO, Peloubet lends his expertise in restaurant management to deliver the resources restaurant owners and managers require to be successful and efficient. He is passionate and serious about accelerating the growth of Restaurant Magic Software through their Data Central product and seeks to be the number-one provider of business information solutions for the restaurant industry.
A native of New York, N.Y., Peloubet received his bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern College and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of South Florida. Drew is a member of the Advisory Board for USF school of Hotel & Restaurant Management. He is married to Susan and has three children. The Peloubets are involved in their church and local charities, including Young Life and The Ophelia Project of Tampa Bay, and Peloubet is a member of the board of Help Brings Hope for Haiti.
Chief Financial Officer
Gary Saling has been involved with Restaurant Magic since 2000.
Saling attended the University of Central Florida, and graduated with a BSBA in accounting. Saling spent four years with Sealy Mattress in their Orlando plant, where upon he moved to New Port Richey, FL to work for Dr. James P. Gills, a world-renowned cataract surgeon, in his real estate management company. After ten years, he then was hired by TSI in Tampa, FL as their CFO. The owner, Mr. Ray Murray, sold the company in his first year, and asked Saling to stay on with him as his CFO. Saling started a small consulting firm in 2003, and now does a variety of work, including General Manager of Trinity Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Home, trustee for a select group of families and charitable organizations, in addition to his role at Restaurant Magic.
Saling is married, with four children between him and his wife, and four grandkids. The Salings now reside in Trinity, FL.
- We like the Prep sheets that Data Central automatically generates from each unit’s PMIX.Field Supervisor, Casual Dining Chain
- Our experience with Data Central and Restaurant Magic has been nothing but positive. It is a tool that absolutely has to work for us- and it does.COO, Casual Dining Chain
- The scheduled reporting from Data Central saves everyone a lot of time by not having to run their daily reports every day. They just get them in their emails in the morning.COO, Casual Dining Chain
- Our organization required flexibility. Multi-unit, multi-brand, and franchisees using multiple POS systems seemed a set of challenges that would require multiple systems. Data Central solved them all.COO, Multi-Brand Franchisor
- Data Central contributed to an increase in profits by allowing us to make better – faster business decisions.CFO, QSR Franchisee
- Data Central works very efficiently with our third party systems including our point-of-sale and accounting solutions.VP Finance, QSR Franchisee