with more than 40 years of experience as a multi-unit operator, Murray Wishengrad opened The Stand in 2003 in Encino, CA, before expanding to additional locations in Woodland Hills, Century City and Northridge, CA. Beginning his business career by developing rental car franchises, Budget Rent a car and Dollar Rent a Car, he sold all business shares in 1997, before opening The Stand alongside former Budget partner, Richard Shapiro in 2003. Since then, Murray has grown The Stand to a multi-location business, with future expansion planned. As CEO-President/Co-Managing Member, his duties include handling all major business decisions, in addition to strategic planning and coordination of all other activities with his operating partners, his sons Jason and Zachary
with more than 20+ years of experience as a seasoned executive in leveraged finance and private equity investing, Andrew Jhawar joined The Stand, LLC in August 2015 as Chairman of the Board of Managers. Andy is currently in his 17th year as Senior Partner and Head of Consumer & Retail Industries at Apollo Global Management, LLC, one of the world’s largest and most successful private equity firms. At Apollo, Andy’s role is to identify, source, evaluate, execute and oversee investments from Apollo’s private equity funds. Andy has been the lead sourcing and execution partner on Apollo’s highly successful private equity investments in Sprouts Farmers Markets, Hostess Brands, Smart & Final, and General Nutrition Centers. In August 2015, having been a devoted customer of The Stand, Andy teamed up with Murray Wishengrad and personally invested in The Stand to assist in the growth and expansion of the brand.
was born and raised in Newport Beach, CA, before heading east to attend Boston University. Graduating with a degree in Advertising & Communication, Jason immediately began working for his father’s restaurant, The Stand, focusing on business development. As Executive Vice President, Jason oversees daily operations, culinary development, business development, and construction projects. Responsible for the creation of the menu at The Stand and all culinary movements, Jason is also behind the process of design, handling all design aspects of the restaurant, including graphics, menus, menu boards, metal work and advertisements.