Marcus Samuelsson, Chairman
Howard Greenstone, Strategic Advisor
Howard Greenstone is the former President/CEO and partner of Rosa Mexicano. A seasoned operator who led the growth of the popular Mexican restaurant group to its current 15 locations nationwide and 4 international licensing deals, Greenstone was previously Vice President of Dry Dock Restaurants in Weehawken, NJ, and Director of Operations of Sfuzzi restaurants in ten states.
NILS NOREN Vice President, Restaurant Operations
Nils served as the chef de cuisine of Aquavit for 5 years, working side-by-side with chef Marcus Samuelsson before being promoted to executive chef in 2003. Nils has traveled extensively across the globe & has cooked in every continent. He continues to bravely explore the future of food. Nils left the restaurant in 2006 to accept a prestigious appointment as Vice President of Culinary Arts for The FCIâ€™s culinary, pastry, bread, and Italian food departments. He successfully built the schoolâ€™s culinary program to one of the best in the world.
CHRISTINA WANG Vice President, Strategy & Finance
Christina was the Director of Education, Consulting Services and Special Projects for The French Culinary Institute. She is a Certified Specialist of Spirits and holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University. She has also worked for JP Morgan and Booz & Co prior to joining the Samuelsson Group.
DEREK FLEMING Business Development Director
Derek was the economic development director of the NY Empowerment Zone, where he managed a fund that financed the start up and expansion of numerous retail, restaurant, hotel and non-profit operations. Previously, he did acquisitions and developed sustainability strategies at Cherokee Investment Partners. Derek received his MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.