Tony Roma’s Franchise Is Positioned for Accelerated Growth
New leadership team members add significant restaurant industry leadership experience
Romacorp Inc., parent company of Tony Roma’s and TR Fire Grill, has added six new members to its leadership team. These team members bring significant industry experience, enhancing organizational capabilities throughout Romacorp and helping position our company for accelerated domestic and international growth.
“We’re building a great team at Romacorp, and the addition of these talented individuals with significant restaurant and hospitality industry experience will help us deliver our strategic plan to successfully grow our Tony Roma’s and TR Fire Grill brands around the world,” says President and CEO Stephen Judge. “This is an exciting time to be at Romacorp as we work to redefine and elevate our brand experience, and I’m confident that these individuals will play a critical role in enhancing our brand experience and accelerating growth.”
New leadership team members are:
Brian Grusi – Chief Financial Officer
Brian has more than 20 years of restaurant industry experience in financial leadership roles with Darden Restaurants, Vapiano International and most recently Ruby Tuesday, where he was Chief of Staff. Brian will lead all financial and accounting functions for Romacorp Inc.
Jonathan Benjamin – Vice President of Franchise Development for USA & Canada
Jonathan brings more than 20 years of restaurant and hospitality industry experience in executive leadership roles with Kure Franchise LLC, Huddle House Inc., Corner Bakery Café, Wyndham Worldwide and Global Hyatt. Jonathan will lead franchise development and company-owned and franchise new unit growth in the USA and Canada for the Tony Roma’s and TR Fire Grill brands.
Dave Culley – Regional Vice President
Dave has more than 20 years of restaurant industry experience in operations leadership roles with Bonefish Grill, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Seasons 52 and Houston’s Restaurant. Dave will lead company and franchise restaurant operations in the USA for the Tony Roma’s and TR Fire Grill brands.
Buddy Hall – Senior Director of Human Resources
Buddy joins with more than 25 years of human resources experience in executive leadership positions with Darden Restaurants, Dorsey Trailers and Milliken & Co. Buddy will lead all human resources functions, including staffing, training, safety, employee relations, leadership development and organizational effectiveness.
Debbie Allison – Director of Purchasing
Debbie brings more than 30 years of purchasing and procurement leadership experience in the restaurant and food service industries with Darden Restaurants, Blodgett and Delfield. Debbie will lead global purchasing and procurement supporting the Tony Roma’s and TR Fire Grill brands.
Darren Gino – Director of Information Technology
Darren has 10 years of restaurant industry experience in information technology roles with Darden Restaurants. Darren will lead information technology for Romacorp Inc. and will spearhead Romacorp’s IT business transformation initiative.
Tony Roma’s restaurants is the world’s largest casual dining concept specializing in ribs. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Romacorp Inc. has more than 150 restaurant locations in more than 30 countries and is one of the most globally recognizable names in the industry. The first Tony Roma’s restaurant opened more than 40 years ago in North Miami, Florida.