Board of Directors

John Tallichet, Chair
Specialty Restaurants Corp.

Carolyn D. Olsen, Past Chair
Coca-Cola Refreshments (Foodservice)

Theodore J. Balestreri, II,
Cannery Row Management Co./Sardine Factory

William H. Bender, FCSI
W.H. Bender & Associates

Brett Berglund
SYSCO Los Angeles

Scott Blanchard
The Ken Blanchard Companies

Colleen Brennan
Rodney Strong Vineyards

Jot Condie
CRA/CRAF President + CEO

Mike Connelly 
Urban Plates

Cindy Galardi Culpepper
Galardi Group, Inc. / Wienerschnitzel

Rob DeLiema
BJ’s Restaurants Foundation

A. Thomas Ferdinandi
Milano Restaurants Int’l dba Me-n-Ed’s Pizzeria

Richard R. Frank
Lawry’s Restaurants, Inc

Gary D. Freund
Cal State University East Bay

Fred Glick
Chanticleer Holdings

Jean Hagan
KROST CPAs

Michael R. Hawkins
Green Street Restaurant

Michele Lange
Chipotle Mexican Grill 

Mariah Machnikowski
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

Randy Slentz
Fresh Point Southern California

Pia Tinsley
The Lofte Creative

Kent Walrack
Lyons Magnus

Anthony Zaller
Van Vleck & Zaller LLP

Emeritus Board Members:

Bob Spivak
Grill Concepts, Inc. dba Daily Grill

Russ Bendel
Habit Restaurants, LLC

Guy Fieri
Johnny Garlic’s

James Burke, Ph.D.
The Collins College of Hospitality Mgmt. – Cal Poly Pomona

Jerald Chesser, Ed.D.
The Collins College of Hospitality Mgmt. – Cal Poly Pomona

Bill Main
Bill Main & Associates

David E. Stockman

Maureen Trippe
Omnivore Technologies

Honorary Board Member:

Joe Brodie
Leverage Buying Group