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David has lived in Atlanta since he was 5 years old. After attending Arizona State University, he moved back to Atlanta in 1991. Starting his restaurant career at the age of 16, he went on to work for Morrison’s Corporation in their casual dining division with L & N Seafood & Silver Spoon. David was the General Manager of the Atlanta Fish Market during the Olympics. David moved on to become the Director of Operations for Here To Serve Restaurants for 14 years, growing the company from 3 to 14 restaurants.
Following Here To Serve, David became the Regional Director of Operations for LDV Hospitality. Before starting DASH Hospitality Group, David held the role of COO for the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group overseeing 9 restaurants in Georgia and 4 in South Florida for three years. In his free time, he helps his wife Julie with her edible cookie dough concept, called Batter Cookie Dough Counter. David is on the board for the Atlanta Community Food Bank and JDRF. David’s son Mitchell was diagnosed with Type one diabetes when he was 2 and is a Senior at University of Maryland. Also, David has a daughter Amanda, who is at Medical University of South Carolina, studying to be an Occupational Therapist.
Brett Crowder is a dedicated leader within the Hospitality Industry with over 20 years of experience. Brett has coached and mentored teams within all environments and concepts ranging from fast casual to fine dining. As a graduate of the University of Georgia, Brett majored in Sociology and Mass Communication. Solidifying his passion for people and working directly with others, Brett specializes in applying his expertise with a ‘hands on’ approached of coaching and mentoring. Brett has successfully navigated many concepts through operations re-structuring and implementation, P&L optimization, and training and development of new and existing talent.
Brett is an Atlanta native and currently lives in Duluth, GA with his son, where they are heavily involved in the community and local food charities. Brett also serves as a youth baseball coach working with young men and women. His personal interests include hiking, fishing and landscape photography.
As a hospitality professional with over 37 years of experience, there isn’t much Phil hasn’t done in restaurants. He started in hospitality working for a caterer at age 13 in Jacksonville, FL. His first job was at a Naval Air Station for a Change of Command.
Phil graduated from New England Culinary Institute. In addition to being a certified sommelier, Phil’s career has progressed in to becoming a beverage, bar, and operations expert throughout Greater Atlanta. Phil has successfully opened restaurants ranging from neighborhood taquerias and luxurious FrenchBrasseries to scratch cooking concession stands in major Athletic stadiums.
Phil maintains his passion for the industry by mentoring and coaching all levels of hospitality employee. His infectious love of food and beverage comes through as soon as he speaks to employee or guest alike. For fun, Phil likes to host guerilla wine dinners, play poker, enjoy live music, garden and hike. Phil volunteers with TrulyLiving Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture.
Spending much of his childhood in France’s Provence region, Chef Nick likes to say that his earliest memories were of flavors. Add his time spent in Bermuda and London, and you begin to understand the timeless techniques, and multi-cultural nuances that Nick celebrates in his kitchen today.
In 2018, Chef Leahy opened the Provencal-style restaurant, AIX, and adjoining wine bar, Tin Tin, in Atlanta’s hot West Midtown neighborhood. The COVID-19 pandemic challenged Chef Leahy to think about the needs of the neighborhood, which led him to reimagine AIX and Tin Tin, and create Nick’s Westside. At Nick’s Westside, Chef Leahy has created a more approachable, broad-appealed menu that highlights Georgia’s small producers and features fresh, sustainably sourced ingredients. Prior to Nick’s Westside, Chicken Out, AIX, and Tin Tin, Chef Leahy was the chef-owner of Buckhead’s popular tapas-style restaurant, Saltyard. His illustrious career also spans some of Atlanta’s most iconic restaurant groups, including Concentrics Restaurants and Fifth Group Restaurants.
Chef Leahy is a passionate supporter of Georgia Grown, No Kid Hungry, The James Beard Foundation, and The Giving Kitchen. Most notably, he holds the honor of being the first chef ever to be elected to Meals on Wheels Atlanta’s Board of Trustees.In his free time, Chef Leahy enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, Danielle, along with his two daughters and their dog, Lilly Bean.
James Brim is a Hospitality Professional with 30 years experience in some of Atlanta’s best restaurants. James has held various positions from unit manager and master grill operator at The Waffle House, to working as a sommelier in a James Beard Award winning restaurant.
James has the WSET Level 3 Award in Wine; he is a Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers. James is a Veteran, having proudly served in the U.S. Army. He enjoys photography and was recently named one of the Top Street Photographers in Atlanta. He is married and the father of 3 girls and pop-pop to two little boys.
A 23-year industry professional, Eric has worked in every area of the hospitality field from nightclubs, venues, brew pubs, fine dining to neighborhood bars and eateries. 13 of those years were spent in overarching executive management roles. Hailing from New Orleans, Eric specializes in high-volume, high-pressure restaurants and sophisticated urban environments. He has worked as a food and beverage director for such places as the Fabulous Fox Theatre and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
In addition to his culinary background Eric, also has a degree in Graphic Design & Information Design from Ringling School of Art and Design and often lends those talents to the hospitality field as it pertains to menu design, marketing and internal visual presentation. In tandem with a career in hospitality, Eric commands a rich and diverse background in private security consulting.
Cyndi Sterne made Atlanta her home in 1992. With degrees in Costume Design and Retail Management from Indiana University, she was the Director of Youth and Family programs at the Marcus Jewish Community Center. While there, she created interactive displays for their children’s museum, and developed plans for a future culinary program. In 2010, she left to follow her dream to connect people through food opened Hal’s Kitchen Cooking School.
After moving the business to North Buckhead in 2017, she rebranded to Yes, Chef! Culinary Events to reflect the multitude of activities: pop ups, wine dinners, guest chefs, classes, and corporate team building. Yes, Chef! Culinary Events was lauded for its Pay it Forward program where corporate clients cooked for the food insecure. Through her business,
she has cooked alongside chefs from across the globe. She prides herself on her stellar reviews from an A list of corporate clients and her secret sourdough rye bread recipe. Cyndi is thrilled to bring her experience as an entrepreneur, instructional chef, and customer engagement expert to the DASH team.
From Atlanta by way of Austin, Texas and back to Atlanta, Debbie and Steve Horn started GoFigure, Inc
over 30 years ago. Debbie and Steve are a “TEAM”. They specialize in the needs for hospitality and
other businesses with regards to all financial systems including bookkeeping, accounting, and back office
While working with many major restaurant groups, they have established themselves as gurus
when it comes to making sure all the financial systems are set up properly, they communicate constantly
to the team about wins and what red flags there are from the top to bottom of the P & L.
Hayley is an expert social media strategist. She’s helped numerous businesses turn followers into sales and leads. She loves creating engaging content and branding for each of her clients.
Hayley worked in retail while coming up with her own food blog, Hungrybocagals. She learned to brand herself through social media. Now, she loves telling businesses owners’ stories with engaging content, video and graphics.
David, Brett and Team Dash began leading operations for us a year ago and the results have been tremendous. They bring focus, attention to detail, culture and professionalism to a new level. With such vast experience in the best of class Atlanta restaurant industry they possess relationships with vendors, guests, and most importantly, talent that nobody else can. My only regret is not partnering with Dash sooner.
David is the go-to guy for improving your processes, finding the right vendors and keeping everyone on point! Creative, experienced and has a vast network of resources. He has helped us grow as a business and is always an absolute pleasure to work with.
The professionalism your team displayed definitely made us look like we knew what we were doing. We just wanted to let you guys know how much we really appreciate the job and effort the Dash Hospitality Team brought to the event! We definitely look forward to a long lasting relationship!