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.
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.
Dessi Sarabosing Senior Vice President - Finance & Accounting
As the Senior Vice President of Finance & Accounting at Real Mex, Dessi Sarabosing is leading the Company’s accounting and growth strategy under its private equity ownership. Ms. Sarabosing joined Real Mex from Taco Bell; Yum! Brands, where she served as the Director of Financial Planning & Analysis and Brand Controller. Responsible for the Global Taco Brand and its multiple subsidiaries, Ms. Sarabosing managed the financial infrastructure transformation, restaurant margin improvement initiatives and the digital/on line ordering platform. Prior to Taco Bell, Ms. Sarabosing was part of the successful turnaround of Arbonne International, where she led the company through the emergence out of bankruptcy and its subsequent expansion into Asia. Ms. Sarabosing spent five years with Ernst & Young in the Attest & Assurance practice, which served clients in the Financial Audit capacity.
Ms. Sarabosing received an MBA from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, and her CPA Certification is with the State of California.
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.
Mike Zoob Vice President - Real Estate
As the Vice President of Real Estate for Real Mex Restaurants, Mike brings a world of knowledge as a trusted, accomplished national Real Estate Leader. Mike’s broad based experience with strategy and negotiations in mixed-use, regional malls, high streets, power, lifestyle, community and neighborhood centers. Mike has completed in excess of $1 Billion in transactional real estate value. With amazing industry relationships, tremendous market knowledge and a keen understanding of all sides of a transaction, Mike is a talented problem-solver with a high EQ (Emotional Intelligence). He’s a strategic global thinker and a true loyal collaborative team member.
Randy Sharpe Vice President - Operations, El Torito, Chevys, and Acapulco
Randy Sharpe is the Vice President of Operations for El Torito, Chevys, and Acapulco. Over the last year with Real Mex, Mr. Sharpe has led the rebuilding of the brand’s field management team at both the Regional Director and General Manager levels. With more than 25 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry and the last 15 managing roles with multi-unit brands, Mr. Sharpe credits his success with empowering his teams to be great leaders within their restaurants and focusing on delivering a great guest experience.
Prior to joining Real Mex, Mr. Sharpe last served as the Director of Operations for Mimi’s Café where he was responsible for more than 20 locations in California. Mr. Sharpe also held a leadership role with Elephant Bar Restaurants that included culinary and bar management and an instrumental development role in new location openings. Mr. Sharpe began his career with Hilton Hotels.
Barry Garrison Vice President – Operations, El Torito Grill, Sinigual, Las Brisas, and Who Song and Larry’s
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