Working Together & Strengthening Relationships
President and CEO
Chairman of the Board
President of Operations
James O. Bradley
VP of Development and Physical Plant Management
Calvin L. Scott
Vice President of Administration/Legal Counsel
Valerie Daniels Carter - President and Chief Executive
Valerie Daniels-Carter, along with her brother John
started V & J Foods with a single Burger King restaurant
in 1982. Within sixteen years, she nurtured the company
into a 137-unit, multi-brand operation. First and
foremost Mrs. Daniels-Carter is a God fearing woman. Her
key beliefs include an insistence on: integrity,
recognition, accountability, responsibility, respect,
communication, commitment to excellence and passion.
Mrs. Daniels- Carter has a hands-on approach. She
focuses on the performance of each and every unit so
that all are achieving positive results. Her corporate
philosophy is “YATSE”: You are the Standard of
Excellence. Mrs. Daniels-Carter laid the foundation for
her successful career at Lincoln University where she
received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business
Administration. She later earned a Master’s of Science
degree in Management from Cardinal Stritch University.
Valerie Daniels-Carter is one of the best known
fast-food operators in the United States.
In addition to
owning and running successfully brands for two of the
largest fast-food operations in the United States, she
has teamed up with one of NBA’s most famous and valuable
players, Shaquille O’Neal, to expand the horizons of
Auntie Anne’s famous Pretzels. VJ & O’Neal Enterprises,
LLC was established in 2006 by V&J and O’Neal Franchise.
VJ & O’ Neal rolled out its first Auntie Anne’s soft
Pretzel Corporation into the Eastland Mall in Harper
Wood, MI. The next location will open in Saginaw, MI at
the Fashion Square Mall. By next year VJ & O’Neal
Enterprises, LLC will have opened thirty new Auntie
Anne’s locations nationally.
Daniels-Carter has been widely recognized for her
business judgment, having served on financial and
corporate boards, and have led civic and business
organizations. She is recognized by Essence Magazine as
one of the 50 most admired African-Americans in the
United States, joining the company of Oprah Winfrey and
began her career with First Wisconsin National Bank (now
USbank) as a retail and commercial lender. She later
accepted a position as an auditor for MGIC Investment
Corporation in the financial underwriting division. Mrs.
Daniels-Carter currently serves on numerous boards and
committees. She has served as the President of Milwaukee
World Festival, Inc.; President of the Minority
Franchise Association of Burger King Corporation;
Executive Board Member of the National Franchisee
Association; Board Member of Firstar Bank; Auto Club
Group, AAA of Michigan and Wisconsin. She is actively
involved with her church both locally and nationally.
addition to her being featured in several national
magazines and publications, in 2006, Mrs. Daniels-Carter
received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letter from
Cardinal Stritch University. She has been awarded a
number of distinguishing honors including the Business
Woman of the Year (2006) Frazier Network; Northwood
University, Distinguished Business Leader Award;
Trailblazer Award from North Milwaukee State Bank;
Entrepreneurial Spirit Award presented at the
Multicultural Prism Awards; Essence magazine’s Top 10
Black Female Entrepreneurs; Black Enterprise magazine’s
Women of the B.E. 100; The Heritage Award from Spiritual
Perspective; and the Business Award given by the
National Rainbow Coalition. Her company, V & J has
received awards such as the Top 500 Women-Owned
Businesses (Working Woman Magazine); Top 200 Restaurants
in the U.S. (Restaurant Finance Monitor); and numerous
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Daniels - Chairman of the Board
(Irma Hall) and two children,
John III and Inez
John Daniels has been the chairman of Quarles & Brady
LLP since 2007. In his position, he has led the Firm
through a fundamental transformation, shifting from the
traditional operational model upon which most major law
firms are built to a client-centric, business-minded
organization. Mr. Daniels has driven this fundamental
cultural shift in the midst of the worst economy in
decades, leading to significant growth while most of the
legal industry has declined.
Mr. Daniels is
well recognized in the legal community as well as the
business community. He is listed in The Business Journal
of Milwaukee “Power Book” (2009 & 2010), was named 2009
“Lawyer of the Year” by the Milwaukee Bar Association,
received the 2008 “Leadership Award” from the National
Bar Association, and was identified as one of the “100
Managing Partners You Need to Know” by Lawdragon in
2008. Finally, Mr. Daniels is fully credentialed in
legal literature, having been listed in The Best Lawyers
in America® (1993-present: Real Estate Law), Chambers
USA® (2003-present: Real Estate) and the 2005-2009
Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists (Real Estate). He is also
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated.
formerly the national president of the American College
of Real Estate Lawyers, has established an impressive
career in the practice of real estate law, representing
national, regional, local and governmental owners, and
investors. He has played a significant role in some of
the most complex real estate redevelopment projects in
the United States, including representing the largest
property owner in connection with the redevelopment of
the Midwest Airlines Center and representing the largest
property owner in connection with the redevelopment of
the Bradley Sports Center. He has also served as lead
counsel for major institutions both in the financing and
the disposition of commercial office space. He serves as
national real estate counsel for Philip Morris Capital
Corporation and has represented a number of major
corporations on their real estate developments
throughout the U.S., including General Electric Capital
Corporation, Xerox Corporation and Kraft Foods.
Mr. Daniels has further led Quarles to a position of
industry prominence as a firm that values diversity and
inclusion in the workplace. The Firm ranks impressively
in surveys conducted by women’s and minority groups, and
both clients and independent organizations have
recognized and honored Quarles for its achievements in
this area. As the only African-American chairman in the
AmLaw 200, Mr. Daniels was named one of the “50 Most
Influential Minority Lawyers in America” by the National
Law Journal in 2008, and he has received the 2008 James
Howard Baker Award for his efforts to improve the
quality of life for African-Americans in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin. He also received the “Human Relations Award”
from the National Conference of Christians & Jews, the
“Outstanding Community Leader Award” by the Thurgood J.
Marshall College Fund, and he was named to the national
Hall of Fame by the National Black Law Students
Association in 2009.
Education and Honors
Law School (J.D., 1974)
of Wisconsin (M.S., 1972)
Central College (B.A., 1969)
the John and Irma Daniels Humanitarian Award from
the St. Francis Children's Center (Milwaukee, WI) in
Fellow at the Ford Foundation.
Fellow at the National Science Foundation.
Given the Outstanding Alumni Award from North
and Civic Activities
College of Real Estate Lawyers (National President).
Bar Association (National Secretary Real Property,
Probate & Trust Law Section).
of Wisconsin (Member).
Bar Association (Past Director).
Young Lawyers Association (President, 1981-1982).
Bar Association (National Vice President, Law
Students Division, 1973-1974).
Brady Diversity Committee (Co-chair).
Milwaukee Foundation (Chair of the Board of
Milwaukee Committee (Vice Chairman).
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce
Evinrude Foundation (Director).
College of Wisconsin (Director Emeritus).
Symphony Orchestra (Past Director).
Girls Clubs of Milwaukee (Past Director).
Ilsley Corporation (Director).
Milwaukee State Bank (Former Chair).
Neighborhood Initiative (Board Member).
Health Care (Board of Directors).
“The Book of Daniels,” Wisconsin Super Lawyers,
Co-panelist (with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor &
Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson),
“Politicization of Judicial Election Campaigns:
Whose Party is it Anyway?,” Wisconsin State Bar
Annual Convention, May 6, 2010.
(with other global real estate professionals), “Real
Estate Focus,” Corporate INTL, 2010.
“John W. Daniels Jr.: Developing a firm culture that
puts people first,” Wisconsin Lawyer, May 2009.
MCCA's 10th Annual Creating Pathways to Diversity
Conference, “The Diversity Director and Managing
Partner: Best Practices to Forge an Essential
Partnership,” September 2009.
“A Leader's Perspective on Leadership,” Clark
Atlanta Magazine, Fall 2008/Winter 2009.
“100 Law Firm Managing Partners You Need to Know,” Lawdragon, June 2008.
“An Interview with John Daniels, Jr.,” Cook County
Bar Association newsletter, August 2008.
Black Nouveau television program.
Real Estate Transactions–ALI-ABA.
Estate Editor, ABA Barrister Law Notes.
and Brady open Shanghai Law Office"
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John Draper -
President of Operations
C. Draper - President of Restaurant Operations, V&J
Holding Companies, Inc. since in April 07. John C.
Draper, who hails Detroit Michigan, is a superior
operator with over 35 years of retail and operational
management experience. "JD" as he is affectionately
known has been an integral part of the global success
for V&J Holdings Companies, Inc., since 1994. With a
keen ability to multi-task and develop "right teams",
John C. Draper, has mastered the art of multi-brand /
multi-marketing retail management. He currently has
direct responsibility for 65 Pizza Huts, 37 Burger
Kings, 28 Auntie Anne's, 9 Coffee Beanery's and 5 Häagen
Dazs Shops that collectively operates in six states,
Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Minnesota and
Massachusetts. Additionally he oversees the training and
development of over 3,100 team members. Expansion
development discussions include states currently
operating in as well as Illinois, Pennsylvania, Puerto
Rico, and the Caribbean. Mr. Draper has received
numerous awards attesting to his management abilities.
Mr. Draper leads the day-to-day, charged with energy and
enthusiasm that cast a positive leadership shadow over
the organization. Mr. Draper has been with V&J for 15
years and has been a key player in the organizations
growth and operating success. Prior to bringing his
style of leadership to V&J, Mr. Draper served as a
franchisee VP of Operations and a company District
Manager with Burger King for 20 years. Mr. Draper is
married to his high school sweetheart Deborah for 38
years. They have two children, who are married with one
son and one daughter each. Mr. Draper attended Wayne
State University and majored in Business Administration.
Mr. Draper is also involved in a wide variety of
community and philanthropic organizations. He enjoys
sports and tries to play racquetball and golf.
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James O. Bradley VP of Development and Plant Management
Bradley has been in real estate development and asset
management for 36 years. He has developed
multi-unit and dual concept restaurants in various
markets. V&J’s growth and the continued revitalization
of its restaurant facilities are managed through the
efforts of the team managed by Mr. Bradley. Mr. Bradley
has been with V&J since 1999. Previously, Mr. Bradley
had a career spanning 28 years in the construction
industry, including Sr. Construction Manager at YUM
Brands. In this capacity, Mr. Bradley was responsible
for the construction and remodeling of 20-25 restaurants
per year. At VJO he is responsible for repair and
maintenance, capital improvements, lease renewals, real
estate sales, and new site acquisitions, along with new
and remodel construction projects.
graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. degree
in Architectural Construction and from The University of
Dallas with a M.S. degree in Business Administration.
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Weiss – Corporate Controller
Weiss has over 19 years of accounting experience, 13 of
which are with V&J. His bachelor’s degree in accounting
was obtained at Lakeland College. He is responsible for
the day-to-day operations of the Accounting Department
at V&J, including issuing financial statements, budgets,
cash flow projections, forecasts, and monitoring the
receivables and payables. He has been married for 16
years; they have two daughters ages 7 and 9. Tony enjoys
traveling, camping with his family, and events such as
the Brewers, Packers, and Badger games
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Calvin L. Scott – Vice President of Administration/Legal
L. Scott has a 25 years plus legal career, as a
practicing attorney, government official, and corporate
senior executive. As an attorney, his areas of expertise
includes employment law with an emphasis on : Human
Resources; Title VII; ADA; ADEA; FMLA; FLSA; NLRA; EPA;
and Sexual Harassment Prevention. As a government
official, he has years of experiences investigating,
enforcing and ensuring compliance with federal, state,
and local laws, and regulations. In his past senior
executive roles, he has led corporate government legal
and legislative compliance efforts. He has served as
Chief Diversity/Inclusion Officer, and Corporate
Ombudsman, while minimizing legal liability and
preserving corporate assets.
In his current position with
V&J Holding Companies, he serves as legal counsel for
the company having employment, contracts, legislative
compliance and general business law responsibilities. He
manages the internal complaint and outside counsel
process. In addition, Mr. Scott, has senior executive
responsibilities for the administration of all Corporate
Human Resources functions, which includes, employee
relations, negotiating the company’s benefits and
commercial insurance programs, and managing and
overseeing the support staff for Payroll, IT, and Tax.
Mr. Scott has a B.S. in
Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-River
Falls. He has his Juris Doctorate from the University of
Minnesota Law School, and is a Minnesota Licensed
Attorney. Mr. Scott is a native of Indianola,
Mississippi, and the youngest of 11 siblings, the
majority of which reside in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin
area. He is the proud father of one daughter and two