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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.
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.