PPX is led by a tenured team of hospitality professionals and industry pioneers passionate about providing world-class service and high-quality food and beverage, with a commitment to sustainability and best-practices from trawler to trailer throughout the supply chain. PPX believes the future of hospitality lies in a time-honored commitment to quality, integrity, and hospitality in everything they do.
It’s all about the people!
Chief Executive Officer / PPX Hospitality Brands
Having spearheaded international expansion for the Smith & Wollensky brand, leading the Steakhouse company as President, and steering recent acquisitions, Oliver’s world-wide hospitality development acumen and relationships have positioned the portfolio for growth worldwide.
Chief Marketing Officer / PPX Hospitality Brands
Working with many iconic hospitality brands for decades, Kim’s focus on building strong connections with guests and communities both digitally and directly help create a network of fans and brand ambassadors that drive the message and the mission for all of the PPX companies.
Chief Culinary Officer / PPX Hospitality Brands
Chef Matt’s quest for culinary excellence and creative menu development, along with his fanaticism for full traceability and sustainable sourcing are the foundation for each and every supplier partnership from tractor to trawler.
Executive Vice President of Operations / PPX Hospitality Brands
Kim’s world-wide new-store-opening leadership and attention to detail across the entire guest experience directs all PPX training, HR and operations policies with a people-first approach and bottom-line execution – while keeping the focus on quality and hospitality.
Partner & Board Advisor / PPX Hospitality Brands
Having opened and operated the original Smith & Wollensky on NYC’s 49th Street for 30 years as managing partner, Tommy is the quintessential hospitality expert leading the PPX people-first approach with the mantra: It’s about the people!
Ann Marie Escobar
Brand President / Legal Sea Foods
Having led many great Boston hospitality brands through years of success and prosperity, Ann Marie has had a positive impact on the people behind the Legal Sea Foods brand and will continue spearheading its future growth as the latest addition to the PPX portfolio.
Brand President / Smith & Wollensky
Smith & Wollensky appointed Nathan Evans to lead the S&W venture in London, in 2015. Nathan has been a key component in developing the Smith & Wollensky formula internationally without diluting what has made it much-loved Stateside. Today Nathan leads the Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group here in the US as Brand President, as we position the brand for more growth.
National Beverage Director at PPX Hospitality Brands
Christian Gianaris uses his creativity and extensive knowledge of wine and spirits in his role as National Beverage Director at PPX Hospitality Brands. His passion for mixology, shared experiences, creating new opportunities with partners, and educating teams on elevating the guest experience has translated into a 30-year career in the food & beverage industry.
Managing Partner – S&W - Chicago
Regina joined Smith & Wollensky as a manager at the Chicago location 23 years ago. She was quickly promoted to Assistant General Manager and was an integral part to new store openings during that time. She was asked to take the leadership role of General Manager in 2009 and has been a Managing Partner for the last 4 years.
Managing Partner – S&W - Miami Beach
The consummate hospitality professional, Henry’s journey with Smith & Wollensky began 23 years ago. He has led the Miami Beach business for over 14 years, becoming General Manager in 2007 and Managing Partner in 2016. Henry is the past President of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association in addition to his many other affiliations with Miami institutions and charities.
Managing Partner - S&W - Las Vegas
Matt spent 14 years with Smith & Wollensky Las Vegas as a manager and ultimately, General Manager. In 2019, Matt returned as Managing Partner, driving the new restaurant opening and ongoing leadership of our new Las Vegas location at the Grand Canal Shoppes in the Venetian Resort.
Managing Partner - S&W Wellesley/Boston
A life-long hospitality professional, Dave has led several Boston-area brands before joining Smith & Wollensky in 2018. Dave oversees Greater Boston and leads operations for both the Wellesley and Atlantic Wharf locations.