2019 -Present Co- Founder and CEO of Hydrodynamics Technologies

2018-Present Co-Founder and CEO of Game On developer of Walk Ons
Hotels and Restaurants

2013-Present Co-Founder and CFO of Brand Vegas Ticketing company

2007-Present Partner in Lakemore Canyon Development a $500 million dollar
Nevada land reclamation project in Las Vegas

2004-Present Founder and CEO, RUN Restaurants, LLC. Exclusive
Developers of Hash House A Go Go Restaurants

2001–2004 Part time Professor, Business Management, University of
Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada

Founder, Skeeter Barnes Barbecue, multi-unit Mid West
restaurant chain

1999-2004 CEO-Founder, Paladin Entertainment, LLC
Noche Restaurant and Nightclub, New York, NY
River Rock Casino, Sonoma, CA
Partner, Chicago area casino project

1997-2001 Chairman and Founder, Whiskey Creek Steak House, Nebraska
Built a $20+ million casual dining company
Sold in 2001 yielding a 40% compound return to all
equity investors

1995-1999 CEO Late Nite Magic Entertainment Company
Partnered with Walt Disney Company and Conseco
Assembled management team, raised equity capital
and secured real estate in New York, NY; Orlando,
FL; Paris, France and Los Angeles, CA

1990-1995 President and CEO, RAX Restaurants, Columbus, Ohio
Reorganized $200 million fast food system
Raised equity and restructured debt-guided company
through reorganization
turned company from $14 million annual cash flow loss to $5 million positive annual cash flow

1988-1990 Partner, Corporate Finance, Deutsche Bank Alex Brown
Headed restaurant and transportation group
Managed public offerings, private equity raises, debt
financings, leveraged recapitalizations and mergers
and acquisitions for hospitality partners
Clients include Outback Steakhouse, Cracker Barrel
GE Capital, PepsiCo (Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell),
Consolidated Products (Steak and Shake) and

1984-1988 Founder and CEO, Warburton’s Bakery Café. Built 30 unit
café chain in Boston, Pittsburgh and Chicago and sold to
Au Bon Pain in 1988

1980-1983 Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles, CA
Criminal prosecutions-20+ jury trials

1979-1980 Corporate Attorney, Wolver & Wolver, Los Angeles, CA


  • BA Union College, Schenectady, NY 1975
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Department Honors
  • Honors Thesis
  • JD Boston College Law School, Boston, MA 1978
  • Winner Mock Trial Competition
  • MBA Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA 1984
  • EDD Pepperdine, Organizational Leadership, 2018
  • MST Oxford University projected graduation 2020

Professional Organizations

  • California Bar Association
  • National Restaurant Association
  • YPO


  • Guest lecturer, Entrepreneurship, Harvard Business School
  • Mock Trial Coach, Faith Lutheran High School
  • Assistant Varsity Basketball and Junior Varsity Head Coach, Faith
  • Lutheran High School, 2000-present


  • Ryan, son-US Naval Academy, Annapolis, 2003 graduate
  • Major, USMC, Helicopter Air Commander, Deputy Director
  • Stockdale Foundation for Ethical Leadership
  • Daryn, son-US Military Academy, West Point, 2003 graduate
  • Captain, US Army, Company Commander, Signal Corps, South
  • Korea, MBA, UVA Darden School
  • Ethan, son-Union College, Schenectady, New York
  • NROTC recipient, Presidential Scholarship Recipient,
  • Ensign US Navy, MA Pepperdine University, MBA New York University, BS Software Engineering Arizona State University