Orange County Chapter


Orange County has oceans white with foam, Disneyland, major league sports and even a few “Real Housewives,” but, more importantly, it’s become a premier dining destination. More than ever, it’s crucial for restaurant owners and operators to get involved and help the industry flourish. The chapter connects members at the local level to learn from each other, develop relationships with local government, monitor regulatory changes and give back to budding industry leaders.


Chapter Events

Join the chapter for the Annual President’s Panel, Golf Tournament, Educational Events, Industry Mixers, and much more!

Check out our upcoming events!


Board of Directors

Tammy Cook 
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
Chapter President

Kyle Simpson
Vine Restaurant & Bar
Vice President + Past President

Brittany Juarez
Karl Strauss Brewing Co.

Kristi D. Oates
Squar Milner


Board Members

Russell J. Bendel Jr. 
The Habit Restaurants, LLC

Paul Berkman
Rutabegorz Restaurant

Robert Clunie
Disney Resorts

Lisa Hogan
Santa Monica Seafood

Jon A. Jezierski
Global Protein Group

Melisa Marks
So Cal Gas Co.

Brian Montes
Alondra Hot Wings

Ted Protano
FreshPoint – Southern California

Stephen Ronnow
Business Solutions Broker

Kevin Rosamilia
Sysco Riverside

Steve Shaw
Urban Plates

John Tallichet
Specialty Restaurants Corp.

Michael Viola
Pure Restaurant Solutions

Heather Heleloa
The Ranch Restaurant + Saloon

Niall Armstrong
RPA Insurance Services