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.
Emanuel “Manny” Hilario
President and Chief Executive Officer
Emanuel "Manny" Hilario joined The ONE Group in October 2017 and has served as a member of our board of directors since April 2017. Prior to joining The One Group, Mr. Hilario served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Sizzling Platter, a restaurant platform focused on adding and scaling segment leading brands in outstanding demographic areas across the United States and select international markets. Before joining Sizzling Platter, Mr. Hilario served as Chief Operations Officer for Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. He has previously served as Chief Financial Officer for Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc., McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants, Inc., and Angelo and Maxie's, Inc. Mr. Hilario began his career at McDonald's and has held various financial roles within the company. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Commerce degree from Santa Clara University.
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Siluk served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer for Fairway Group Holdings, Corp. (“Fairway”) from June 2015 to February 2017, as the Vice President and Finance and Chief Accounting Officer from October 2011 to June 2015, and as Senior Project Manager from August 2009 to October 2010. Prior to her experience at Fairway, Ms. Siluk served as the Chief Financial Officer at Drug Fair from October 2008 to May 2009. From September 2006 to April 2008, Ms. Siluk was the Senior Vice President, Finance at Ann Taylor. Ms. Siluk received her B.S. in Business Administration from Montclair State College. Ms. Siluk is a certified public accountant.
Senior 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.
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
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 two-person legal department. She advises on matters involving corporate governance, securities laws, real estate law, employment law, litigation, intellectual property law, contracts 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 and hedge funds 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 Columbia University.