Kris Parikh Chairman of the Board Mint Indian Bistro, Owner Owners/Operator of three Indian restaurants in Las Vegas, bringing authentic Indian food to the Las Vegas Valley. In 2008, he opened Mint Indian Bistro near the Las Vegas Strip on East Flamingo Road that caters heavily to the tourism and convention industry. In 2016, Kris opened a new Mint Indian Bistro location at Durango and Flamingo. On Christmas Day 2019, Kris opened his third restaurant, Divine Dosa & Biryani. Finally, Kris owns and operates NirvanaXP.com based in Mumbai, India, with a satellite office in Las Vegas. Nirvana XP is a scalable platform provides employee management, inventory management, reservations, waitlist, online ordering, kitchen display system, CRM, intelligent data reporting, all on cloud-based services. This service is used in all of Kris’ food industry companies and is in use by restaurants and food service companies across the United State and around the world.
Cory Cutler Immediate Past Chairman Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Operating Partner Cory is the Operating Partner with Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Winer Bar in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he earned a degree in Political Science. He started his career at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 16 years ago as a busser. In the years since, he has held multiple positions with the company, from Manager to Field Training Manager, helped open 5 different locations across the country, and is now the Operating Partner of the Fleming's in Town Square. He moved to Las Vegas three years ago to take over the Fleming's in Town Square, and in that time he has worked with the Nevada Restaurant Association, starting as the Vice Chairman of the Board and now as the Chairman of the Board.
David Dahan Board Liaison Chief Executive Officer, USI Nevada David Dahan served as Chief Executive Officer of the firm of Orgill/Singer & Associates, Inc; prior to the acquisition by USI Insurance Services LLC in 2020. He now serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Nevada. Founded in 1994, incorporated in Delaware and headquartered in Valhalla, New York, USI Insurance Services, LLC (“USI”) is one of the largest privately-held insurance brokerage and consulting firms in the world, delivering employee benefits, property and casualty, personal risk, program, and retirement solutions throughout the United States. The Las Vegas office is located at 8360 W. Sahara Avenue, Suite 110, Las Vegas, NV 89117.
Tommy Rocker Tommy Rocker's Mojave Beach Grill, Owner Vice Chair of Taverns & Bars Tommy Rocker is a well known Las Vegas entertainer and, along with his wife Donna, is the owner and operator of two popular restaurants, Tommy Rocker’s Mojave Beach Bar & Grill near the Las Vegas Strip and Black Mountain Grill in Henderson. He has performed in clubs and at concerts as a solo and with bands all over the U.S., including his own venue. Tommy grew up in Seaside, Oregon, and received a degree in law from U of O. After passing the Oregon bar exam, he decided to tour playing music for a year; which has turned into decades of performing. In 1984 he landed a gig in Las Vegas and five years later opened his first restaurant/bar there. He has been recognized with an official “Tommy Rocker Day” by the Nevada Governor’s office and the Clark County Commission for his hosting of and performing at many charity functions.
Brandon Hurte Vice Chair Allied's BMP Services, President & CEO Brandon is the President of BMP Services, a hospitality consultation firm with their corporate office in Nevada and additional offices in Utah and Arizona. Prior to running his consultation firm he spent 15+ years in F&B operations McDonald’s, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, The Siegel Group, Station Casinos, MGM Resorts and Morel’s Las Vegas. His educational background includes a unique focus on Hospitality Management, Accounting, Business Law and Political Science. Using his expertise he has developed BMP Services into a one-stop shop providing restaurants a single point of contact to assist them with their Technology needs like Point of Sale Systems, Payment Card Technologies, Drive Thru Systems, Kitchen Display and Printing, Kiosks, Mobile Payment & Ordering, Digital Signage, Enterprise Networking & Surveillance along with professional services like Accounting, Merchant Services, Gift & Loyalty,
John Iannucci Treasurer BurgerFi, Chief Operating Officer John is a results driven expert with 20+ years of experience, leading, revitalizing, and optimizing restaurant brands. He has held senior leadership positions at Logan’s Roadhouse, Max Brenner, Carmine’s, BJ’s, and The Cheesecake Factory and currently is the Chief Operating Officer of Shari’s, Coco’s and Carrows restaurants. He is most notably known for developing and growing sustainable revenue streams, people development/culture, growth and cost reduction strategies.. John was recently elected to the Restaurant Leadership Advisory Council. He will be working as a brand ambassador for Winsight, and will work closely with the team as an advocate for the restaurant industry.
Kay Kolbo Alicart Restaurants, Director of Special Events Born and raised in the Midwest, Kay Kolbo has been an active local Las Vegas resident for the past 30 years. Kay has extensive experience in the casino food and beverage industry, promotions and special event management, trade show production, public relations, and media publication sales and marketing. Since 2011, Kay has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Catering and Events local Las Vegas Chapter as the Community Outreach and Public Relations Chair and is now the Director of the committee. She continues to support the community by spearheading her committee as they donate their time and efforts to local Las Vegas charities in need. These organizations include Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, Street Teens of Nevada, Olive Crest, The American Cancer Society and past recipients of the committee’s charitable drives - The Shadetree of Nevada. Kay is also a member of Destination Services Association of Las Vegas and Las Vegas Territory, ILEA or International Live Events and LVHA – Las Vegas Hospitality Association.
Anthony L. Martin Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, Managing Shareholder Anthony, “Tony,” who lives with his family in Las Vegas, is the Nevada offices’ managing shareholder for Ogletree Deakins, one of the nation's largest labor and employment law firms representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters. With more than 20 years of actual, practical experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, Tony has substantial experience representing national, regional and locally owned and operated restaurant, tavern, hotel and casino companies in labor and employment related matters. In addition to providing day-to-day legal advice and counsel to employers around the country, Tony’s practice includes the development of proactive employee relations strategies to maximize employee engagement and satisfaction, as well as minimize the risk and impact of third party disruptions, addressing workforce issues such as wage and hour and other legal compliance, and third party claims.
James McGinnis Executive Director F&B Finance, Wynn Las Vegas Hotel James McGinnis is the Executive Director of Food and Beverage Finance for Wynn Las Vegas. In this role, he is responsible for financial analysis, reporting, and point of sale administration for the Food and Beverage division. James was raised in Las Vegas and is a graduate of UNLV where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Finance. James also serves on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada and Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada.
Nick McMillian Vice Chair Restaurant Golden Steer, Managing Partner Nick McMillan is a Managing Partner of The Golden Steer Steakhouse. McMillan is originally from Chicago and has spent his career building companies in both the technology and food industries. He sold his most recent startup, Akouba, in 2018 before relocating to Las Vegas with his wife — Amanda Signorelli — to take over operations at The Golden Steer.
Ashley Morris Capriotti's, Owner/CEO Ashley Morris is the current CEO of Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, Inc., the parent franchising company for Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop Restaurants. Ashley is responsible for the oversight of all corporate departments and employees of the company. Ashley has over twelve years experience in restaurant operations, corporate finance, management, franchise operations, negotiations, venture capital, money management, banking, and investments. Ashley combines a natural aptitude for strategic formulation and business implementation.
John Hernandez Mancha Development/Denny's John Hernandez began his food service career over forty years ago serving five years as a Restaurant Manager for a Sizzler franchisee in Bakersfield, California. He changed his career path to banking and finance for six years, working at American National Bank and Wells Fargo bank in various credit capacities such as analyst, credit examination officer and commercial lender. In 1992, John joined a Burger King franchise group in Southern California as Controller, later becoming the group’s Chief Financial Officer. Over the course of nearly seven years, John has been elevated to the position of Chief Executive Officer within the group. John is married to his wife, Stella and they have four adult children. His dedication to the business precludes hobbies but he and his wife are avid Golden Knight hockey team fans, and his interests are cooking and travel.
Matt Jacobson President, Sysco Desert (Las Vegas/Arizona) Region Matt Jacobson is the Regional President of Sysco’s Desert Region, which includes all of Arizona and the Las Vegas area. He brings to this position over 28 years of experience in the food services industry, having held leadership positions at Frito-Lay and PepsiCo earlier in his career. As President for Desert Region Matt currently has full P&L ownership focused strategic people development, operational execution, and customer experience for +900 colleagues and 8200 customers. Matt has an exceptional record of success in the governance of corporate business operations and in leading both frontline and corporate teams. He has a history of consistently increasing revenues and profitability while reducing expenses, expanding territory penetration, and streamlining workflow. Matt is focused on developing future leaders for his organization and considers mentoring and developing his employees as one of the most important aspects of leadership.
John Anthony VP of Operations with Spaghetti on the Wall John Anthony is the VP of Operations with Spaghetti On the Wall, a hospitality group in Las Vegas operating venues Sparrow + Wolf and Half Bird Chicken & Beer. As chief of the restaurant’s operations, John is responsible for maintaining guest and team relations while streamlining operations for maximum profitability. John brought his strengths into the niche of assisting establishments in need of a course correction. Once profitable, this exercise often led to the sale of the restaurants, teaching John many valuable lessons including the importance of cost controls, leadership, and quick acclimation within new organizations. John has opened some of Las Vegas’ most prestigious dining establishments, including Social House (named 2007’s Best New Restaurant 2007 by Las Vegas Review-Journal), Cathouse (lead by Iron Chef Winner, Chef Kerry Simon), and Comme Ca Las Vegas (named 2011’s Best Restaurant by Desert Companion and 944). In 2017, John accepted the opportunity to join Chef Brian Howard in opening the award winning Sparrow + Wolf. Over the course of 5 years, the partnership expanded into their hospitality group, Spaghetti On the Wall, specializing in operation and consultation.
Christopher Smith FRSCO Corporation dba McDonald's, Owner/Operator and Partner Christopher is a nine-year partner with his father in McDonald's franchise restaurant, with 13 locations in Southern Nevada. Throughout his career, he has proven his ability to take an idea and turn it into an actionable opportunity, fostering its growth and taking it to the next level. He has a passion for maintaining and delivering the high standards of the McDonald’s brand, is committed to giving back to the community, and has been recognized as one of VEGAS INC’s Top 40 Under 40, as well as a “Rising Stars of Business” by the Las Vegas Business Press.
Mark Sandoval University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Executive Chef Mark Sandoval was drawn to cooking at an early age – an interest he credits to his father. Upon graduation in 1995, he moved to San Francisco to pursue his love for all things culinary, where he enrolled in the California Culinary Academy. His first restaurant position came at Moose’s, a North Beach favorite where Sandoval learned to prepare seasonal American cuisine with local, small-farm ingredients, a passion that would develop Sandoval’s cooking style. Mark has worked for some notable chefs such as master chef Joel Robuchon and Wolfgang Puck. After nearly 6 years at the helm, Sandoval moved off of the strip to the M Resort to oversee Anthony’s Gourmet Burgers & Brews and Marinelli’s. While working at the M Resort, Mark began teaching at UNLV as a part time instructor in the Hospitality College. His goals shifted at that point with a new direction towards education. In March of 2016 Sandoval accepted the position of Executive Chef of UNLV. In 2019 Mark was chosen to sit on the board of directors for the Nevada Restaurant Association.
Jocelyn Magno Newport Meats Jocelyn Magno has been with the Sysco Specialty Meat Group for 19 years. She's grown up in Las Vegas and in her tenure has played many roles in multiple departments at Newport Las Vegas. Worked as receptionist, purchasing manager, director of business development, chef, and now currently sales manager since October 2022. She has extensive knowledge on building programs customized to the uniqueness of each customer, a variety of educational classes and ability to create innovative protein items. She is currently on the executive board for the Nevada Restaurant Association, is a mentor and judge for the Prostart high school culinary competitions, and volunteers extensively with a variety of local community charity groups.
Eric Cardinali PepsiCo Eric is a Regional Sales Manager of Gaming at PepsiCo, responsible for Sales, Marketing, and Finance for his business partners. He joins us with 19+ years of sales experience in the California, Colorado, and Nevada geographies, including over 10 years’ experience in the restaurant segment. Eric enjoys getting to know his customers and helping them implement solutions. As a result, through his experience he has developed lasting business and personal relationships. During his free time, Eric is active in his community leading a local Boy Scout Troop and coaching his son’s youth football team.
Stephen Short Vice President Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers Results-orientated executive leader with over 25 years of progressive experience and leadership in sizeable multi-unit restaurant operations, food manufacturing, and construction development. Stephen provides servant-driven leadership and direction to improve operations strategically. He works with teams to align priorities and set tactics while modeling leadership principles. Stephen is currently the Vice President of Operations for Raising Cane’s Chicken Finger’s leading Several states and lives and offices out of Las Vegas. A US Navy Veteran, Stephen served his country honorably, receiving the Navy Achievement Medal for saving a life while on deployment. During his time at sea, he received a Special Unit Accommodation for his leadership in operations. He was elected Sailor of the Quarter three times, making the front page of the Navy Times News Paper for his valor.
Linda Brookins Director of Sales Tao Group Hospitality Linda started her career as a teenager in New York working with independent restaurants. Her passion for hospitality led her on a 20 year culinary journey where she expanded her industry knowledge landing her in Las Vegas in 2005. Over her career she has worked many well renown restaurant groups and international casino corporations including The Rainbow Room, Windows on the World, The Palm, Alicart, Wynn/ Encore Las Vegas, Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts international. Currently, as Director of Sales at Tao Group Hospitality, her role involves overseeing a dedicated team of sales professionals, forging partnerships with Fortune 500 clients and devising innovation strategies to ensure the success of events and create unforgettable experiences. She has been instrumental in driving revenue and expanding the company’s reach. Linda continues to shape the future of hospitality and remains an inspiration to aspiring event professionals by giving back through Women in Sports and Events and as a UNLV School of Hospitality mentor.
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