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Dennis McKinley

Detroit Equities
Mr. Dennis McKinley leads the Atlanta-based branding company Detroit Equities, which runs the Atlanta-based businesses CRU Hookah Lounge and the Original Hot Dog Factory. Currently, he helps entrepreneurs and small businesses build their brands through strategic investments, and some of his previous background experience also includes real estate, e-commerce, and product development.

The Original Hot Dog Factory -- Owned by Dennis McKinley. Known as an Atlanta staple, The Original Hot Dog Factory has received national exposure as it has been featured on BRAVO’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” numerous times. With locations in Atlanta, Philly, Brooklyn, Houston, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Birmingham, the chain is set to open locations in: Miami, Detroit and Cleveland.

He’s also owner of CRU Hemp Lounge, which has now become the largest black owned nightlife chain and largest hookah lounge chain in the United States. To date, they currently have four locations open in Atlanta (in Lilburn, Edgewood, Peter Street and Midtown), Houston, Dallas, Austin, Birmingham and Charlotte. Throughout this Fall, CRU plans on opening more locations in Atlanta (in Marietta, Alpharetta, Douglasville, Union City, and Morrow), Memphis, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Miami, Macon and Phoenix.

Business Mogul and CEO of Detroit Equities is also co-owner of NYAK Cognac, which is now the fastest-growing cognac brand in U.S. history with an unprecedented 1,000% annual growth rate. NYAK is now in the top 10 of leading cognacs and growing. NYAK is 80 proof with a distinctive, finely graded VS and delicate distilled flavor that is perfect over ice. Its golden color with hints of amber heralds its complexity. The nose offers up delicious toasty oak notes (Bourbon vanilla, toasted bread) that stand out against a delightful peppery gourmet base (pear, grape, light honey).