SpotOn’s Restaurant Advisory Board is comprised of highly respected restaurant owners, investors, and entrepreneurs. In addition to proudly using SpotOn solutions in their own businesses, board members provide expertise, guidance, and real-time feedback from successful restaurants, enabling SpotOn to continually develop the best point-of-sale and marketing solutions on the market.
With accolades including James Beard Foundation “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage” inductee, Bon Appétit Chef of the Year and the International Food and Beverage Forum’s Restaurateur of the Year, award-winning chef and restaurateur Michael Mina continues to dazzle the culinary world with bold dining concepts that have contributed to San Francisco’s reputation as a world-class epicurean destination and made him an integral part of the dining scene across the country. His culinary and business vision led to the founding of his company, MINA Group, with partner Andre Agassi in 2002. Under the auspices of MINA Group, he has opened over 45 operations across the United States and Dubai.
Former Major League Baseball player that hated the short hops in baseball but loved the hops of craft beer, Kevin Youkilis’ vision to open Loma Brewing Company came from the perks of traveling across the country and exploring breweries while playing baseball. If you ever saw him play, you can understand why he needed a beer after a game to taper the adrenaline. Once he stopped playing baseball professionally, he wanted to find business ventures that consumed his passion to work and to be on a team. He is currently opening up a coffee roasting facility, Loma Coffee Company, in Portland, OR.
Brent Bolthouse is the founder of The Bungalow Hospitality Group, a collective with a deep history in Southern California and a portfolio that currently includes The Bungalow flagship location in Santa Monica and its sister property in Huntington Beach, along with a forthcoming Long Beach location. As an entrepreneur, hospitality maven, and event producer with 30 years of experience, Bolthouse virtually invented today’s nightlife scene with the development and opening of some of the hottest nightclubs, supper clubs, restaurants, lounges and bars across Southern California. In addition to his current work, he continues to support a number of charitable initiatives including the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s An Evening with Women, the Anti Recidivism Coalition, Baby2Baby and more.
Matthew Kenney is one of the world’s first leading chefs at the forefront of plant based cuisine, an author of 12 cookbooks and a best-selling memoir, a culinary educator, and CEO of Matthew Kenney Cuisine, a multifaceted lifestyle company specializing in plant-based cuisine throughout several unique markets. Kenney graduated from the French Culinary Institute and has earned several awards, including being named one of America’s Best New Chefs by Food and Wine Magazine and was twice nominated as a Rising Star Chef in America by the James Beard Foundation. Currently, Kenney has 28 restaurants operating throughout 15 international cities spanning 5 continents, including PLANT CITY, the world’s first plant-based food hall.
Adam Synder is Managing Partner at Hat Trick Hospitality which has established four popular venues in San Francisco including Redford, The Brixton, Sabrosa, and the group’s latest endeavour, Rambler, in partnership with Viceroy Hotel Group & Hotel Zeppelin. He began his career in the nightlife industry while studying at the University of San Francisco. Working in some of the area’s most popular establishments, Synder developed a deep knowledge of what truly makes venues attractive to the consumer. Over the years, Synder has also owned and managed multiple successful ventures in Las Vegas, Impala and San Francisco.
As Chief of Staff at Matthew Kenney Cuisine, Matt Bronfeld is responsible for upholding the Matthew Kenney standard of service across all restaurants, and overseeing the operations of all facets of the company. Matt’s experience of over 14 years includes multi-unit management, restaurant finance, event production and restaurant operations. Having worked every restaurant position, coupled with a generous and accommodating disposition, Matt has led MKC to a higher level of hospitality. He is driven by his passion for excellence and plant-based cuisine, as he’s always reinventing and working to enhance the guest experience.
Ray Villaman is currently the President and owner of Tahoe Restaurant Group, including Base Camp Pizza, which was recently named one of the top 25 pizzerias in the country by USA Today. Ray is a veteran restaurant executive with more than 200 restaurant openings from five different brands. Ray currently advises or is on the board of four companies focused on the restaurant vertical.
Ray currently sits on the board of the California Restaurant Association, the largest restaurant association in the country. Ray was recently a board member with United Enterprise Fund (NYC), specializing in restaurant franchise investments. Ray has assisted with deal flow, due diligence, and participated with deal structure/financing for numerous investments.
Also a sought after national speaker, Ray has presented in Chicago, Scottsdale, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Orlando. Ray delivered a keynote address at the Restaurant Leadership Conference in 2011.
Based in Lake Tahoe, California, Ray and his wife Christine are active supporters of numerous non-profits including: Tahoe Women Services, Big Brother/Big Sister, Project Mana, Family Resource Center, Adventure Risk Challenge, and High Fives.