Team

Our team has over 200 years of combined experience in North America as founders, owners, executives and advisors in the restaurant industry. We have been involved in all facets of traditional and non-traditional, franchised and internal restaurant categories, including Quick Service Restaurants (“QSR”), Fast Casual, Polished Casual Dining, and Fine Dining. Our management team members have extensive exposure to the industry trends and acquisition opportunities in the restaurant industry with a focus and dedication to creating timely value for their stakeholders. We are routinely sought after by key market participants due to our sector knowledge, extensive transaction and operating expertise, significant network of sector relationships globally, as well as their strategic access to targets and the capital markets. We believe that our management team’s industry, financial and legal expertise affords us a unique opportunity to identify a successful target business and to consummate a business combination.


RAFAEL AGUIRRE G.

CHAIR


Founder, Chair & CEO of Mera Corporation. Entrepreneur with over 35 years of experience in food and beverage operations, real estate, entertainment, retail and broadcasting. Currently owns Mera Corporation and operates over 150 restaurants in 5 countries, with 40+ brands


JULIA STEWART

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR


Former Chair & CEO of Dine Brands Global, where she led the acquisition of Applebee's, combined with IHOP, to create the largest sit-down restaurant chain in the world. Over 40 years experience, Julia has built numerous, profitable brands. Today, she is Founder, Chair & CEO of Alurx, Inc., an all-in-one wellness company. One of Fortune Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women in the U.S.



RANDALL HIATT

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR


Founder, Fessel International. Over 40 years of operating and consulting experience in F&B, in more than 60 countries, focused on strategic planning, operational analysis, marketing research, real estate growth, market entry analysis and Corporate optimization.



JOSEPH C. ESSA

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR


President & CEO of the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group and Board member of the National Restaurant Association. Recognized restaurant CEO in the U.S. with more than two decades experience as founder, investor, operator and executive



ALBERTO ARDURA

BOARD MEMBER & CEO


Current Board Member of CHG. Over 35 years of experience in Corporate Finance and Capital Markets across Latin America. Previously, CEO for Merrill Lynch Mexico; Head of Capital Markets & Client Coverage and Vice Chair of Corporate Finance for Latin America at Deutsche Bank/NY. Head of Nomura Latin America

Investment Bank



AXEL MOLET W.

CFO



Current EVP, Finance and Administration, Mera Corporation. Over 15 years experience as an Executive in Finance and Private Equity. Vast experience in deal sourcing; due-diligence; negotiations; structuring, operating and selling portfolio companies.



JUAN M. GONAZALEZ

ADVISOR


Current Board Member of CHG. Shareholder in Greenberg Traurig. Over 25 years of experience in all aspects of structuring and executing M&A and Capital Market Transactions.

LLM from Harvard Law School.



GERMAN GONZALEZ

ADVISOR


Co-Founder & Chairman of CHG, US National Restaurant Association Board Member. Recognized business leader and entrepreneur with 30+ years developing, operating and managing profitable cross-industry businesses.