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Jonathan SegalCEO, President and Director
Jonathan Segal brings over 35 years of experience in developing and operating hotels, bars and hospitality projects to the Company. Mr. Segal has served as CEO of One Group since he co-founded it in 2004 in order to open ONE, a pioneering restaurant in the Meatpacking District of New York. Mr. Segal began his career in the hospitality industry at age 16 with his family’s company, currently known as Modern Hotels in Jersey, Channel Islands, U.K., the largest leisure company in the Channel Islands. He eventually became the managing director of the group’s hotel division. Mr. Segal has overseen the development of upwards of 50 venues globally, including the 19 venues currently owned, operated or managed by One Group. In June 2013, Jonathan won an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 New York award and is a finalist for the national award in November 2013. Mr. Segal began serving as a Class III member of our board of directors beginning on October 16, 2013.
Alex Munoz-SuarezChief Operating Officer
Alex Munoz-Suarez joined The ONE Group in 2016 as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Munoz-Suarez served as President of Batali & Bastianich Hospitality’s (BBHG) Pacific Division for over 13 years. While at BBHG, he helped to design and steer an aggressive growth strategy, expanding from 5 restaurants to 32, consistently maintaining steady operational profit through expansion.
As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Munoz-Suarez oversees the opening of all North American properties under construction or in development, and is responsible for leading business growth initiatives and driving profitability.
Prior to joining BBHG, he worked at J.P Morgan, McDonalds and KPMG US. Mr. Munoz-Suarez has a B.S. from The Ohio State University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Sam GoldfingerChief Financial Officer
Samuel Goldfinger has served as Chief Financial Officer of One Group since April 2011, having previously served as a consultant to One Group from April 2010 to April 2011. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Goldfinger was a co-founder and operating partner of Next Course Financial Group, LLC from November 2009 to April 2011, a company which provides financial and business development services to development stage companies, primarily in the hospitality industry. From August 2007 until December 2008, Mr. Goldfinger was the chief financial officer and an operating partner of Fourth Wall Restaurants, LLC, a company that manages upscale restaurants located in New York City, including the original Smith & Wollensky, Maloney & Porcelli, Quality Meats, Park Avenue and The Post House. From 1997 to 2007, Mr. Goldfinger was the chief financial officer, secretary and treasurer of Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, Inc., a publicly traded company listed on NASDAQ until it was taken private in 2007, where he was responsible for overseeing the company’s finance, information technology, human resource, purchasing, project development and public company reporting functions. At its peak, the company operated 16 restaurants throughout the country, with system-wide sales in excess of $160 million. In 2007, Mr. Goldfinger managed the entire process for the sale of Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, Inc. to an outside investor group. From 1990 to 1997, Mr. Goldfinger was a practicing CPA working at the public accounting firm Goldstein Golub Kessler & Co. where he became a senior manager in the audit department with a focus on the hospitality industry. Mr. Goldfinger received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the State University of New York – Binghamton in 1990.
Celeste FierroSenior Vice President
Celeste Fierro joined The ONE Group in 2004. A New York native, Ms. Fierro has had her hand in the hospitality industry through special event planning, corporate events and charitable functions for over ten years. In 1997, she founded Cititaste Events, and quickly became one of the most sought-after event planners in New York City. Ms. Fierro’s extensive roster of high-profile clients and affairs included events for the Annual All-Star Games of Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Football League (NFL), and the Pro-Bowl, as well as events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and American Express.
In 2004, Ms. Fierro’s career catapulted to the next level when she and Jonathan Segal opened ONE (1 Little West 12th), a restaurant in the heart of New York City’s Meatpacking District. She successfully fused her event management expertise, culinary experience and keen promotional skills to develop ONE into one of the hottest restaurants in New York. She used those same skills to grow the company into a worldwide leader in the hospitality industry, with brands like STK and Asellina.
As the Senior Vice President for The ONE Group, Ms. Fierro oversees the operations and marketing of the company nationwide. Her success can be attributed to her unique philosophy on hospitality: make guests feel as though they are at a hosted dinner party. Fierro is an expert on turning a dinner reservation into an unforgettable experience.
Sonia LowGeneral Counsel
Sonia Low joined The ONE Group in 2014. As General Counsel she oversees the legal affairs of the Company and its affiliates and manages a one-person legal department. Most recently, she was the first General Counsel and in-house lawyer of Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. where she advised on matters including corporate governance, employment law, real estate law, intellectual property law and regulatory compliance. She created company-wide policies and procedures while integrating the legal department with the daily operations of the company. Ms. Low began her career at a major international law firm where she specialized in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and regulatory compliance. Her industry experience includes prior representation of companies such as Benihana and Patina Restaurant Group, at which she facilitated the acquisition of The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group restaurants outside of New York. She has also served as in-house counsel at Credit Suisse where she represented private equity groups on legal and compliance matters, and at Automatic Data Processing, Inc. where she advised on securities laws and regulatory and compliance issues. Ms. Low received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and her B.A from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Sharon SegalDirector of Finance, Europe
Sharon Segal joined The ONE Group in 2011 as Director of Finance, part of the Executive team in Europe. Ms. Segal is responsible for Finance, Strategy & the development of The ONE Group in Europe. Having been brought up in an entrepreneurial family who developed and operated hotels, bars and hospitality projects, she took the leap to leave her investment career in the City and 'come home' to work with her brother, Jonathan Segal (CEO & Founder), in heading up the European expansion of The ONE Group.
In addition, Ms. Segal has over 15 years' experience in investment markets. She previously headed up the Regulated Fund of Funds team at Fitzwilliam Asset Management. Ms. Segal had a strong reputation in the Fund of Funds market. She was the lead Fund Manager of the award winning fund, Fitzwilliam Balanced Managed Fund and has also held an 'AA' rating from Citywire. An MBA graduate from the London Business School, Ms. Segal spent the early part of her investment career with Deutsche Bank as a sell side equities analyst and then with Aviva Investors as a UK Small-Mid Cap Fund Manager, responsible for c£800m in assets under management.
Quincy FitzwaterSenior Director of Operations, Europe
Quincy Fitzwater joined The One Group in the summer of 2007 and has been part of opening most TOG properties. A native of Salt Lake City, Mr. Fitzwater has over 23 years of experience in the hospitality industry with 20 years in management. He has worked in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Salt Lake City and Atlanta. Proficient in operating all different types of operations including hotel food and beverage, steakhouses, fine dining, sports bars and night clubs, Mr. Fitzwater has a strong passion for the industry. He is a 2nd level sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and loves to constantly learn about the business.
Michael GrossbardCorporate Director of Food & Beverage
Michael Grossbard joined The ONE Group in 2010 as the Director of Purchasing and was promoted to Corporate Director of Food & Beverage in 2013. Mr. Grossbard began his restaurant career in 1989 with Ark Restaurants Corporation managing two of their prominent locations in New York City, the Metropolitan Café and Museum Café . He then spent six years in the company’s purchasing department, focusing on all aspects of daily purchasing for the their 35 locations which included purchasing of 3,000 perishable items for the company’s broad range of concepts which included Mexican bars to 4 star French cuisine. In 1996 Mr. Grossbard created a Beverage Director position for Ark Restaurants. He created cost control systems and national standards for all of the company’s properties. In 1998, he joined the Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group as their first Director of Purchasing. Mr. Grossbard assisted in the company’s transition from a private company to being publicly traded by creating systems and cost benefits for the company’s 22 locations across the US. Additionally, he managed Smith & Wollensky’s retail brand of sauces and dressings. Mr. Grossbard has also worked with SUSHISAMBA restaurants as Director of Purchasing as well as The Glazier Group, as Operations Controller. During his career, Mr. Grossbard has been involved with over 70 restaurant openings.