LEADERSHIP

Jose Garces

Jose Garces

Chief Culinary Officer

Since opening his first restaurant in 2005, Chef Jose Garces has emerged as one of the nation’s leading chefs and restaurateurs. He is the 2009 winner of the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic” award and one of only a few chefs in the country to hold the coveted title of Iron Chef. Chef Garces is the author of The Latin Road Home (Lake Isle Press, October 2012), a culinary and cultural tour of Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Cuba and Peru, and his debut cookbook, Latin Evolution (Lake Isle Press, Fall 2008).

Ronnie Artigues

Ronnie Artigues

Chief Executive Officer

Ronnie Artigues is the Chief Executive Officer of idEATion Hospitality, the parent company of Garces. Artigues has an extensive background in commercial transactions, corporate governance and governmental and public affairs, working with prestigious national law firms and privately held companies throughout the Northeast and Southeast. In 2016, Artigues joined Ballard Brands’ as general counsel. In 2018, idEATion Hospitality and Garces entered into a strategic partnership and Artigues joined the Philadelphia-based Garces as both an investor and its Chief Executive Officer. An honors graduate of Loyola University in Finance and Business Administration and of Tulane Law School, Artigues has been married to Nancy Gex for twenty-eight years and has two children, Meg and Jonathon. Artigues manages his time between the Gulf Coast and Philadelphia.

Melissa Scully

Melissa Scully

Chief Cultural Officer

Melissa has opened all of Garces’ restaurants to date. Recently, she oversaw the successful entrance into New Hope, PA through a concept such as Stella at the Ghostlight Inn. Melissa has been integral to Chef Garces’ work from the very beginning, serving as the opening general manager at Amada in 2005, and growing within the group with each new property. Part of her duties include overseeing design, construction, project management, turnover to operations, and the hiring and training of new staff.

Judy Moore

Judy Moore

Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer

Judy has been with Garces since 2011. She is responsible for the overall revenue growth of Garces, handling both the restaurant and events divisions. Previously, Judy led their sales and marketing division with her expertise in developing community partnerships and growing top-line revenue. As a seasoned event professional, Judy previously owned her own event planning firm and served as Director of Sales and Catering for Philadelphia based Guest Counts Hospitality. Throughout her career, Judy has earned accolades for creating and executing exceptional events, including work with former President Bill Clinton’s Library Foundation.

Gregg Ciprioni

Gregg Ciprioni

Executive Vice President of Culinary Operations

Gregg Ciprioni has been with Garces for 6 years. After having spent several years cooking in both San Francisco and New York City, he moved to Philadelphia to be part of its exciting and burgeoning restaurant community. Chef Gregg began his time with Chef Garces developing a charcuterie program during the opening of Garces Trading Company, eventually becoming Chef de Cuisine of the restaurant. Gregg moved to the corporate level as Culinary Director and began work on menu development. Gregg plays an integral role in overseeing new menu implementations at our existing restaurants and new concepts. In spring 2018, Chef Gregg moved into his current role as Vice President, Culinary Development.

Tina Melendez

Tina Melendez

Director of Finance

Tina Melendez is the Director of Finance for Garces. With over 25 years of hospitality experience, Tina has worked in all areas of the industry. Beginning in operations, Tina developed a strong, guest-centric philosophy and lead seminars on how this impacts the entire organization. Transitioning into finance after eight years in operations, Tina gained experience growing the organization through new concept development. Her dedication to financial compliance has increased both new concepts and established restaurants be more successful.

Speaking Engagements

The Garces Leadership Team has spoken at: The National Restaurant Association, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and Philly Ad Club.

For more information on the team's availability, please contact marketing@garcesgroup.com.