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Co-Founder & CEO
With an illustrious career spanning over three decades, Deven Moreno has etched his name as a revered Restaurant Business Creator and Systems Guru, spearheading the expansion of multiple multi-million dollar restaurant brands to national-level recognition.Throughout his journey as an owner and esteemed C-level executive, Deven has co-created and played a pivotal role in the resounding success of several culinary ventures, transforming them into household names. From inception to national prominence, his expertise in orchestrating fast-paced restaurant roll-outs and implementing robust financial operating systems has earned him accolades and widespread recognition. The magnitude of Deven’s impact on the industry is evident through numerous articles featured in esteemed publications such as Forbes and Restaurant Business Magazine. His insights and transformative strategies have also captivated audiences on various national TV networks, including the renowned Food Network. As a seasoned visionary, Deven has been at the helm of launching several hundred restaurants, deftly managing teams as large as 300 individuals. His leadership prowess and innate ability to inspire excellence have left an indelible mark on each venture he’s been a part of, ensuring unparalleled success and growth. Beyond his remarkable contributions to the culinary landscape, Deven is equally passionate about creating positive change on a global scale. As a co-founder of be-equal.org, he actively pioneers impact investing opportunities worldwide, harnessing the power of business for the greater good. In a remarkable display of his branding creativity, Deven was also credited with crafting the official slogan for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics: “Light the Fire Within.” This poetic expression of inspiration reflects the very essence of his dynamic and innovative spirit, inspiring everyone around him to ignite their passions and drive for excellence.
Co-Founder & COO
As an accomplished entrepreneur and veteran of the restaurant industry, Matt Bourgeois has spent over 30 years honing his craft and establishing himself as a true business and industry leader. From humble beginnings, he rose through the ranks to co-found some of Utah’s most respected brands, including Canyon Culinary, Inc. (Porcupine Pub & Grille, The Dodo, Rio Grande Cafe, and Bohemian Brewery), as well as Publik Coffee Roasters, cementing his reputation as a respected figure in the world of hospitality. He has a well-earned reputation for innovation, quality, and excellence. Throughout his career, Matt has founded, owned, and operated multiple successful restaurant concepts, each one a testament to his passion, creativity, and business acumen. With a keen eye for emerging trends and a deep understanding of what makes a great experience, he has consistently pushed the boundaries of what is possible in the food and beverage industry. His destinations have captured the hearts and palates of locals and diners from around the world. Whether overseeing the development of a new concept, working tirelessly to improve the performance of an existing restaurant, or sharing his insights and expertise with other industry professionals, Matt is always striving to push the envelope and raise the bar for what is possible in the restaurant industry. With his extensive knowledge, a wealth of experience, and unwavering dedication to excellence, he is a true leader in his field and a trusted source of advice, inspiration, and guidance for aspiring restaurateurs and industry veterans alike. Today, Matt continues to innovate and inspire, working tirelessly to elevate experiences and create unforgettable moments for guests as well as operators. Whether you are a seasoned industry professional or a passionate entrepreneur looking to create the next big thing, his expertise, insight, and experience are sure to leave you inspired.
Executive Assistant & Director of Operations
Kay Hermasen is a restaurant industry veteran. Born on the East Coast, and an avid lover of food, travel, and epic outdoors and art experiences. Kay has recently been featured on Channel 4 ABC cooking show. Kay has 15 years of working alongside incredible brands, and her creative ideas have flourished. She is known for her belief in working together and building teams with innovative systems with incredible outcomes.