K Capital

About us

K CAPITAL GROUP

History

It all started from the humble beginnings of our founder in opening the very first Edible Arrangements® in East Haven, Connecticut. Kamran Farid and his brother opened the very first store in 1999. Within 15 years they grew from a tiny 500 square foot store to over 1300 stores worldwide. Through hard work and dedication, the company has grown to over $500M in revenue.

Kamran founded K Capital Group (KCG), a Florida based investment firm making controlled and meaningful minority investments in select early-stage concepts and lower middle market companies poised for growth. KCG’s goal is to become a true partner with management teams by providing capital and expertise, while sharing the same mission and vision -  Our goal is to help businesses and entrepreneurs scale to the next level.

K Capital Group takes a flexible approach to each investment and can tailor a transaction that makes sense for each situation and entrepreneur.

 

Our mission

At KCG we provide more than just capital to a business.  We are a true partner who is dedicated to helping your business grow. We believe strongly in companies that naturally give back to society. In helping others grow we truly believe we can make a positive impact in our community. It all starts with an amazing product or service that people will love, then the rest is in the details.  

 
 

The Team

 
 

CEO & Founder

Kamran Farid

Kamran brings a diverse set of founding, operating, and investing expertise to K Capital Group. Prior to founding K Capital Group, Kamran co-founded Edible Arrangements®, the creators of fresh fruit bouquets and fruit hand dipped in gourmet chocolate. Kamran instrumented the brand’s growth from one store in East Haven, Connecticut to over 1,300 stores in 14 countries and still growing strong leading to over $500M in revenue.  As a principal, Kamran helped drive Edible Arrangements®' s global mission, and as the Chief Operating Officer, he built simple operational systems that delivered proven profitability for the franchisor and the franchisee. He established the highest level of product and service standards worldwide. He also specialized in the development of a robust global supply chain, which created a wide range of unique and innovative products. In addition, Kamran was a major shareholder of Netsolace,  an IT systems company allowing users to manage, measure, and maintain consistency throughout any business with multiple locations. Kamran is also the founder of BerryDirect, a designing, manufacturing, and delivering company with exceptional decorative containers for clients around the world. Today, Kamran has invested millions into private businesses and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Edible Arrangements® and Southern Connecticut State University School of Business.

 

Current Activities & Affiliations

• Edible Arrangements®, Board of Directors
• Southern Connecticut State University, Board of Directors
• Yale Cancer Center, Board of Directors

 

 
 

Vice president

Romain Ly

Romain is responsible for sourcing, analyzing, executing prospective investment opportunities as well as overseeing current portfolio companies for K Capital Group. Prior to joining K Capital Group, Romain spent time in Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity consulting with targets ranging between $2M to $50M in enterprise value across all industries. In addition, Romain was involved in successful investment analysis at a long/short equity boutique Hedge Fund with over $20M under management.  

 

Education

MS, Finance & Economics (in-progress)
MBA, Finance
BS, Business Management

 

 
 

director of business development

Kevin Melnuk

Kevin is responsible for managing and advising K Capital’s current portfolio companies as well as exploring new business opportunities.  Prior to joining K Capital, Kevin spent three years developing Tesla Inc.’s sales presence in Orlando, Fl and generated over $70 million in sales during his tenure.  He also has extensive experience in real estate management and in 2010 formed MIG, LLC to focus on taking advantage of the distressed Central Florida real estate market

 

Education

MBA
BS, Accounting

 

 

Accounting manager / Administrator

Angelica Gonzalez - Padilla

Angelica brings 10+ years of experience in full charge bookkeeping and accounting.  She specializes in small to medium business setup, including QuickBooks, tax planning and general ledger accounting.  For K Capital Group, Angelica is responsible for bookkeeping, financial reporting and monitoring of all accounting components of our multi-million dollar investment portfolio. In addition to managing the accounting department, Angelica supervises the HR, payroll, and administrative departments.

 

Education

M.Acc, Master of Accountancy
BSBA, Accounting