FoodFirst Leadership Team

Brad Blum
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Brad is a visionary restaurateur who is passionate about food. He developed a personal mission to 'Provide Good Food for the Planet', that inspired the formation and mission of FoodFirst. He loves working with bright people and to inspire them to do great things. Brad enjoys traveling the globe seeking new ideas that spark fresh innovation. And, as a race car driver he only knows one speed: fast.

Dave Pickens
President & Chief Operations Officer

Dave has a highly successful track record as a top executive in the casual dining industry. He began his career as an hourly employee and advanced rapidly to provide exceptional leadership to brands in casual dining. Dave is passionate about setting restaurants up for ‘unstoppable' success by building profitable guest count growth through superior operations to deliver extraordinary shareholder value.

John Wong
Strategic Partner, Chief Marketing & Technology Officer

John is a strategic partner to Brad and has extensive experience spanning new ventures, brand rejuvenations, and business turnarounds. Both an analytical thinker and a creative visionary, John's expertise is in developing extraordinary business results. John is passionate about technology that creates new and innovative experiences to enhance guest engagement and to build the brand.

John Imbriolo
Chief Culinary Officer

John, or ‘Johnny I', is a dynamic and innovative fifth generation Italian chef who began his career working in his father's kitchen when he was 13. He is passionate about developing ‘amazing' food, our new standard, and often travels to Italy for inspiration.  John is closely partnering with Brad to bring influences from the Italian Mediterranean coast to our menus with the freshest and highest quality sustainable ingredients.

Diane Reed
Chief Financial Officer

Diane is a seasoned and steady hand with the company's finances with extensive experience in both the restaurant and retail industries. Known for her thoroughness, accuracy and integrity, Diane provides critical oversight and financial insight to our investment strategy for growth and the elimination of unnecessary cost.

Mike Ellis
Chief Development Officer

Mike is a seasoned and accomplished industry veteran in restaurant development and has managed the real estate portfolios of some of casual dining's largest and fastest growing brands. Working with Brad, who has an exceptional eye for design, Mike has a unique skill of executing new restaurant concepts while managing costs to fit our company's policy of Quality Up, Cost Down.

FoodFirst Board of Directors

Brad Blum, Chairman
Antonio Bonchristiano, ViceChairman
Danilo Gamboa
John Wong
Felipe Ohanian

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