Our Team


Jamieson Karson, the CEO of Soupman, Inc.

In his position as Chairman of the Board and CEO, Jamie will work with the Board members and the management team to drive revenues and profits and to build upon the Soupman brand.

As the former CEO and Chairman of the Board of Steven Madden, LTD., the global footwear, accessories and apparel company, Jamie was instrumental in guiding Steven Madden revenues, profits and market cap to grow significantly despite the company facing extraordinary challenges.  He is credited with stabilizing the company and expanding the company’s footprint into the global retail and wholesale markets.  After Steve Madden, he was a partner at Lightship Partners, a retail consulting firm. He has considerable expertise in the restaurant business and holds a law degree and in his most recent position was Senior Counsel at Dentons, the world’s largest law firm.

Steve Madden was named “Footwear Company of the Year” twice and the company was recognized by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) as one of the “Top Ten Retailers in America.” Mr. Karson was named “Top Ten Best Retail CEOs in America” by consulting firm HVS.


Bob is responsible for all financial and administrative functions of our company, and benefits from having held this same position at Soup Kitchen International since 2004. With 33 years of financial and operations experience, Bob brings well-honed fiscal and management disciplines to our organization. For two prior years, he was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of a startup manufacturer of healthy, indulgent chocolate products sold under the brand name of “SOBE.”

From 2000 to 2002, Bob was a partner in Bullard Financial, Inc. a firm specializing in strategic financial planning for small businesses, their owners, and their officers. Mr. Bertrand spent 20 years with two publicly traded companies, Industrial Acoustics Company, Inc. (from 1990 to 2000) and Bairnco Corporation (from 1980 to 1990), starting as accounting manager and ultimately ending up as CFO and Senior Vice-President of Finance and Administration. He started his professional career in 1977 with Singer & Lusardi, a well-respected, independent CPA firm located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Mr. Bertrand holds a BS in Accounting from Northeastern University and a Masters from Columbia University.

James Stephen Shipp
Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Shipp brings 30 years of experience as a financial services “specialist” and is committed to applying his expertise in compliance, operations, and sharing his leadership experience. He embodies superior problem resolution techniques, and team management skills. Additionally, he has executable knowledge of the financial markets with emphasis on compliance and management of publicly traded entities.

James attended S.U.N.Y College and graduated with an A.A.S in Business Management in 1985. After graduating college he decided to dedicate his career to the financial markets and became a Registered Compliance Official, Registered Options Principal, Registered Branch Manager, Registered Representative and a Registered Uniform Securities Agent.

In 1985 he began his Financial Markets career at Security Settlements Corporation in their compliance division as an assistant compliance officer then in 1990 James was promoted to Vice President of Compliance then in 1992 he joined Citigroup’s Compliance division and in 1996 was promoted to Regulatory Director of corresponding clearance in Citigroup’s Broker Dealer division from there he moved to ADP for 3 years managing their Implementation division before finishing out the last 10 years of his public sector career at Fortune 500 company SunGard Financial Systems where he worked as Director Of Compliance for SunGard’s Multi-Billion dollar Capital Markets Group.

James owns a private sector company which he founded in 2013 named Able Venture Group LLC which is registered in the State of Delaware, and offers a variety of financial services to assist entrepreneurs in their growth stage to identify, mange an attain their long term strategic initiatives.

James recently joined the Original Soupman team in the role of Chief Operations Officer where he reports directly into the Firms CEO and Chairman of the Board, his duties include but are not limited to the following, management of day to day operations, Investor relations and oversight of Compliance related matters.


Al Yeganeh, The Soupman, The Original Soupman
The Soupman

Al is our – and the world’s – legendary SoupMan. He has been a prominent figure in the media and popular culture for decades, inspiring catch phrases and television shows, as well as frequently appearing on news and entertainment programs himself. In his role he has overseen our production, quality control, new product and menu development, and has supported our marketing efforts. Mr. Yeganeh has more than 35 years of experience in the culinary arts and has operated the famous Soup Kitchen International in New York City since 1984.

Reggie Jackson, Special Advisor for Strategic Relationships, The Original Soupman
Reggie Jackson
Special Advisor for strategic relationships

We are proud to have one of America’s iconic athletes – known as Mr. October for his extraordinary clutch-hitting – involved with our company as an investor, as a Special Advisor for Strategic Relationships, and as a brand spokesperson. In those roles he supports our sales and marketing efforts through his involvement with important national accounts, attending grand opening events, interviews with the media, and other activities.

Reggie is also Chairman of the “Al Feeds the Hungry Foundation, Inc.” a non-profit organization launched by The Original SoupMan in 2005 that donates funds to local hunger charities each time a new franchise location opens.

Although it doesn’t need to be said, Reggie is a Hall of Fame legend who is known by all for his post-season clutch hitting. Over a 16-year stretch from 1971 to 1986, Jackson’s teams advanced to the post-season 10 times, winning five World Series titles, for the Oakland A’s and New York Yankees. He won the home run title for three different teams and produced some of the most dramatic homers in history.