Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Chad has always been passionate about wine, and now he is finally pursuing his dream of becoming a vintner. Since 2002, Chad has held the position of Chief Operating Officer for two multi-billion market cap organizations. Prior to his line management positions, he had considerable experience crafting business strategies and implementing operational improvements as a Consultant and Senior Implementation Manager with McKinsey and Company, in the USA and abroad. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Strategy and Finance from the Booth School, University of Chicago, along with a Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Chad is the owner of 3 patents and is currently earning his Certificate in Winemaking through the internationally acclaimed UC Davis Extension Program.
Co-Founder & Chief Experience Officer
Marla is a versatile professional with nearly 20 years of experience in advertising, marketing, promotions, event management and strategic planning. Her hands-on approach in both the profit and non-profit sectors has enabled her to develop creative opportunities that deliver results. Marla’s passion for wine is only second to her love for animals and her belief in the therapeutic benefits of the human-animal bond. She and her golden retriever therapy dog, Snickers, volunteer at a variety of facilities in the Denver-metro area helping those in need.
Chief Marketing Officer
A seasoned marketing professional with a proven track record, Karen has been in the hospitality industry for 25 years, most recently as Chief Marketing Officer at Qdoba Restaurant Corporation. Karen joined the brand when there were 19 restaurants and helped the chain grow to over 650 restaurants. Karen was proud to have been part of a team that saw Qdoba achieve 40 consecutive quarters of same store sales increases. Karen was instrumental in developing innovative programs that helped contribute to Qdoba's success, including a premier loyalty program that was one of the first in the restaurant industry, a first class catering program that introduced an entirely new revenue stream to the business, and many new product innovations. Before joining Qdoba Karen worked with several other national franchise chains.
Culinary Director & Chef
Chef by trade, restaurateur by profession and Marine at heart, Rebecca’s passion shows in all aspects of her life. After serving her duty in the Marines, Rebecca went on to graduate at the top of her class at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy. She then began to own and operate restaurants and catering companies throughout Florida. As a proud native of Denver, she took her strong leadership skills back to her home state to open Vinue Food and Wine Bar in Cherry Creek. And now, her aspirations go well beyond her own restaurant as she brings creative menu parings to the wine selections at Bigsby’s Folly.