Chief Financial Officer
Stephen began working for Alinea in administration, but quickly took over as project manager for the building and development of Next and the Aviary. After the restaurants opened he transitioned back into a financial management role for all three restaurants and has been serving as our CFO since 2012. Before joining our team Steve was a management consultant for Bain & Company in Chicago. He attended the University of Michigan earning a BBA in Finance and Marketing. In the past year he has helped to greatly expand the breadth and depth of our financial analysis and planning team and pushes to innovate and develop new restaurant management processes and software.
Gary’s hospitality career began at Alice Water’s landmark restaurant Chez Panisse while he was a freshman at UC Berkeley in 1984. Over the past several decades he has worked at a variety of award winning restaurants and hotels including Boulevard Restaurant, The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, The Mandarin Oriental San Francisco, and Pebble Beach Resorts. Gary was enticed to the world of major food events and was the initial Executive Director of Pebble Beach Food & Wine, and it was there he met Chef Achatz and Nick Kokonas. Gary was asked to join our team as Director of Service Operations in 2012. He currently lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.