Bryan Lockwood CEO
Bryan Lockwood is a 35-year restaurant and hospitality industry veteran. Most recently, Mr. Lockwood founded Rare One, LLC, his personal restaurant investment company to invest in Tavistock Restaurants. He served there from 2003 to 2013 first as cofounder, then he served as President and ultimately as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Lockwood was directly responsible for Tavistock Restaurant’s portfolio of upscale restaurant concepts in the U.S., which include Abe & Louie’s, Atlantic Fish, Aquaknox, Blackhawk Grille, Cafe del Rey, California Cafe, Canonita, Coach Grill, Joe’s American Bar & Grill, Napa Valley Grille, Sapporo and ZED451.
Mr. Lockwood also led growth initiatives, such as the acquisitions of Back Bay Restaurant Group and E-Brands Restaurants, as well as the acquisition and expansion of a fast-casual brand, Freebirds World Burrito. During his time at Tavistock Restaurants, Mr. Lockwood successfully grew the business to over $300 million in annual revenues through the acquisition and turnaround of brands that had been through bankruptcy as well as through organic growth.
Judd P. Tirnauer Chief Financial Officer
Judd Tirnauer is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Real Mex Restaurants. Mr. Tirnauer brings more than 20 years of experience in finance, business operations and strategic planning. He has earned a reputation for being adept at identifying and capitalizing on the key drivers of business growth while reducing and optimizing costs. He previously served as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of The Wet Seal LLC, following a 15 year career with Destination Maternity, the nation’s largest specialty retailer of maternity apparel where, he last served as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. During his career, in addition to leading the finance team, Mr. Tirnauer has led other operational areas, including, real estate, distribution, IT, legal, human resources, procurement and marketing partnerships.
Bill Bartlett Senior Vice President - Operations
Bill Bartlett is the Senior Vice President of Operations. Since joining the executive team in May 2015, Mr. Bartlett has been instrumental in the re-branding of Acapulco Restaurants, including the introduction of the new Sunday Brunch and increased focus on delivering improved guest hospitality.
Prior to joining Real Mex, Mr. Bartlett served as the Chief Operations Officer of the Upscale Division at Tavistock Restaurants, where he was responsible for more than 40 restaurants across 15 concepts. His impressive and extensive background in the hospitality industry spans over 30 years and includes opening more than 140 restaurant across five continents. Mr. Bartlett has been involved in nearly every aspect of the restaurant business and was responsible for the development and operations at Cask ‘n Cleaver, Hard Rock Cafe, Planet Hollywood and Gordon Biersch. Mr. Bartlett’s experience includes past senior culinary operations and purchasing positions.
Lisa Tomlinson Senior Vice President – Human Resources
Lisa Tomlinson manages Human Resources, including developing the HR infrastructure required to support the Company’s most critical asset – its workforce. Ms. Tomlinson is an accomplished, solutions-oriented executive with a 20 plus-year track record of verifiable success in leading critical, innovative initiatives across global organizations (including Fortune 100/500 companies) to achieve business goals, leveraging a broad hands-on generalist background across all human resources functions.
Ms. Tomlinson is an expert in setting high standards and empowering staff and cross-functional teams to achieve excellence, and known for her instinctual ability to dramatically reduce risk and liability in the U.S. and abroad. Ms. Tomlinson has had notable success at the Golden State Warriors, Tavistock Restaurants, LLC, Williams Sonoma, Inc., Versata Inc., PepsiCo/Pizza Hut, and Host Marriott Corporation.
Steve Greer Vice President - Marketing
Steve is an energetic 20-year marketing veteran with expertise in strategy, brand building, media, and integrated marketing. As the Vice President of Marketing for Real Mex Restaurants, he is focused on driving awareness and trial for the brands, ensuring that the guest experience aligns with the brand, and is partnering with Operations to help deliver real hospitality for each and every guest. Prior to joining Real Mex, Steve was a marketing leader at Bloomin’ Brands working for Outback Steakhouse and, most recently, as the Head of Marketing for Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.
Steve Vrabel Vice President - Development & Facilities
Steve brings a lifetime of experience in the development, building and facility industry. His broad experience includes projects as small as single-family lots all the way to airports, highways, shopping malls, high-rises, and high-speed rail lines. Steve was awarded the prestigious “Surveyor of the Year” award by the state of Florida. He has over 9 years of restaurant industry experience including the design and construction of multi-million dollar remodels, new restaurants, and managing the entire facility program for restaurants. Steve joined Real Mex in January, 2016 and has been instrumental in developing the new trade dress and remodels for El Torito, Acapulco, and Chevys.
Mike McKinnon Vice President - Purchasing
Mike McKinnon began working in restaurants in his early teens. While earning his degree at UC Berkeley, he began working for Restaurants Unlimited, ultimately assuming the role of Regional Chef. After Restaurants Unlimited, Mr. McKinnon was an executive or long-term consultant to many highly-regarded companies, including The Cheesecake Factory, Champps Americana, Rainforest Café, Jillian’s Entertainment, Copeland’s of New Orleans, Lone Star Steakhouse, Norwegian Cruise Line, Choice Hotels, Peninsula Gaming and Main Event Entertainment.
Because of Mr. McKinnon’s relationships with vendors nationwide and his vast experience in food and beverage management, purchasing became an extension of his capabilities. Prior to joining Real Mex as a full-time executive in August 2013, Mr. McKinnon’s initial involvement with Real Mex was in a consulting capacity to the Company’s purchasing, kitchen operations and R&D teams.
Brad Fisher Vice President – Information Technology