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Team

We are proud to have a group of dynamic teammates passionate about Kind Service and treating others with mutual respect – every person, every time.

Kind People

OUR TEAM MEMBERS

Nava Singam

Owner & CEO

For the past 26 years (and counting), Nava has used a bold, thoughtful and caring approach. His genuine commitment to service guide our team's everyday operations.

Brian Durette

Executive VP of Accounting

Brian has proudly been responsible for part of the significant growth of the Kind portfolio from six to more than 30 restaurants.

Derek Boettcher

Executive VP of Operations

A dedicated and business-savvy leader in airport hospitality and operations, Derek brings more than three decades of hospitality and service industry experience to the Kind team.

Ashley Negron

VP of Marketing & Branding

Ashley uses her genuine and creative nature to oversee marketing, brand management, restaurant openings and special projects for the Kind team.

Denise Shields

Director of Human Resources

Denise has been in Human Resources for 15 years and holds an extensive work history in behavioral health and human services as well as the staffing industry.

Mike Hardy

Director of Technology

Mike has been involved in restaurant technology for more than 30 years. Through his experience, he has grown multiple concepts and built foundations for future growth in the industry.

Ana Spadafora

VP of Operations

Ana has more than 15 years of progressive leadership experience within the food and beverage industry and the distinct ability to help high potential team members develop.

Pat Tallon

Director of Training

In the multi-unit capacity for 23 years, Pat has overseen and developed new concepts for hotels and national restaurant chains.

Jim Moore

Director of Purchasing

Jim spent 20 years with Macayo’s Mexican Food. Continuing with a leadership role, he applies his knack for financials to the wide breadth of brands that Kind represents.

Bret Cochran

Director of Operations

Bret has been in the food and beverage industry for 35 years, with the past 25 of those dedicated to food and beverage management.

Daniel Medina

Director of Operations

With 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Daniel brings great leadership as Director of Operations for Macayo's Mexican Food.

Rosa Hernandez

Director of Operations

Rosa has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 25 years. Starting her career as a dishwasher, she has since worked in nearly every single position.

Ronn Laurin

Director of Operations

Ronn joined Kind Hospitality as an Assistant Manager January 2021. That summer, he moved to airport operations. Soon after, he was promoted to Director of Operations at Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport.

Shane Weismann

Director of Operations

In the restaurant industry since 1988, with great leadership Shane is our Director of Operations for our newest franchise relationships with Native Grill & Wings and Fazoli’s.

Chuck Allen

Director of Operations

From fine dining to quick casual, Chuck brings 25 years of managerial experience to the Kind team.

Kevin Wells

Director of Operations

Kevin Wells brings with him a total of 35 years in the restaurant industry working with brands such as Subway, KFC and Del Taco.

J. Paul Keiser

Director of Operations

J. Paul brings with him to Kind Hospitality and Panera Bread in Salt Lake City the experience and passion of an 18-year career in the food service industry.

Jim Burton

Area Director

Jim has over 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry, including 19 years with Native Grill & Wings.

Manuel Butanda

Director of Maintenance

Manny began his career with Kind Hospitality by way of Paradise Bakery in 1995. He loves his job because he gets to work on a variety of different projects, which makes every day different and exciting.

Brittany Newell

Assistant Controller

Brittany received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Arizona. A fan of country music, her life motto is “life’s a dance, you learn as you go."

Jeff Pantel

Senior Manager of HR

Jeff has more than 30 years of experience in the food and beverage industry in both operations and HR, with 20-plus of those years specific to the airport experience through operations and HR.

Jenny Maxson

Regional Catering Manager

A California girl at heart, Jenny is a former lifeguard, PE and swim teacher, and has had an accomplished career in the meeting and event planning industry for more than 25 years.

Sandy Anderson

Catering & Sales Manager

In February of 1995, Sandy started her career with Macayo’s as a server. She has since worked in all positions, moved into management and eventually became part of catering team, which she now leads.

Victoria Dunham

Marketing Manager

Victoria was born into the hospitality industry. Her parents owned and operated a restaurant while she was growing up, which instilled a love for the restaurant industry at an early age.