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San Diego Eric Leitstein OMG Hospitality Group

Eric Leitstein

CEO & FOUNDER

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Eric Leitstein envisioned the development of a hospitality group founded upon key principles of passion, integrity, innovation and individuality, and dedicated to building up and supporting local communities. Eric’s extensive industry background and bulldog determination helped pave the way for the establishment of OMG Hospitality Group in 2008 (named after his children, Olivia, Mason, and Gavin), and its significant expansion since. OMG now encompasses 8 restaurants – Union Kitchen & Tap in Encinitas & Gaslamp, The Union Food Truck, PB AleHouse, Backyard Kitchen & Tap, and Waterbar. As well as 2 more locations coming soon to Mission Beach, Moe’s and Molly’s. Eric is also in affiliation with Sandbar, and The Fish Shops (in Encinitas, Hermosa Beach, and Pacific Beach as well as 2 soon to open locations in Little Italy and Gaslamp). Eric’s original vision has been successfully translated into locations marked by excellent customer service, dynamic menus, signature craft beverages, and a thriving corporate culture with a strong focus on giving back. Eric resides locally with his wife Teresa and three children in Encinitas, California.

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Taylor Boudreaux

Chief Operations Officer

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Taylor is a 20+ year culinary executive that brings intense passion and a playful sense of tradition to the table.  Taylor has always worked hard to streamline restaurant operations and uphold high standards of delicious, affordable food with an amazing guest experience.  He is committed to locally sourcing fresh, natural ingredients and creating healthy, craveable dining options.

Taylor has worked with notable restaurant groups including Mastro’s, Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Fox Studios, Tavistock Restaurants and most recently Stonefire Grill.  He has challenged his culinary skills preparing menus for after-party Emmy and Golden Globe celebrations.  He has catered numerous movie premiers and exclusive private parties for many of Hollywood’s elite, including several heads of State. He has also had the honor of winning the Santa Clara Professional Wine Society Purple Foot Award and the Sante Award of Excellence in Wine Hospitality. 

His love of cooking was deeply influenced by his family’s Cajun background. His father’s career in the Navy tempered that passion with a dollop of tradition and discipline. As a Navy brat, Taylor moved to different locales every three years or so which exposed his inquisitive palate to an ever-changing world of regional flavors. He is excited to return to San Diego where he spent his childhood on the very beaches OMG’s restaurants now adorn.

 When he’s not mixing things up in the kitchen, Taylor spends his time at his home with wife Sunita, son Liam, two daughters Sila and Lyla, and their dog Roxy. There he can be found working outside in his edible garden or in the garage turning a wrench on his VW Bus.  You can be sure that there’s country music playing in the background.

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Johnny Leal

Operations Manager

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Johnny began his career in construction working alongside his father starting 12 years old and although he became qualified as a journeyman drywall taper by the age of 16, he quickly discovered it wasn’t for him. He applied for a job at a local deli, which was a welcome change from the construction business. His parents immigrated from the Azores Islands in Portugal, so he grew up eating authentic Portuguese foods. His love for delicious and authentic food grew over the years, and he formed a passion for the hospitality industry. After growing up in Northern California, moving to Colorado, and then eventually settling in San Diego in 1997, Johnny officially started his restaurant career here as a cook and worked his way through the ranks in the kitchen before ever working in the front of the house.

Now, Johnny has been in the business for 20 years and has developed a well-rounded F&B operational skill set, from operating kitchens, night clubs, bars, food forward establishments, breakfast establishments, to amusement parks, sports and entertainment venues, and concert venues. He has played an integral role in opening numerous San Diego hot spots over the years, including Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp, Backyard Kitchen & Tap, and re-opening Pacific Beach AleHouse after the fire on President’s Day in 2015. He left the company in 2018 and moved up to Northern California, returning in 2022 with the sole intention of working with OMG Hospitality Group again. When he’s not working, you can find Johnny off-roading and cheering on the Raiders.

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Brent Noll

Beverage Director

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As a native of Salinas, California, Brent Noll never dreamed he could make a career out of food and drink. Thrown into “the industry” as a sophomore in high school, Brent started working in the “dish pit” at his mother’s small, neighborhood restaurant. After attending San Diego State University Brent returned to the Bay Area where he worked in the fine dining scene and focused on learning the intricacies of food, beverage, and hospitality. It was here he discovered his passion for wine, which ultimately led him to earn his certification as a professional Sommelier. Brent then returned to San Diego and jumped into the management game at several well-known San Diego restaurants, where he proceeded to develop and maintain an {“award-winning wine list” (according to Wine Spectator magazine). Brent brings his breadth of passion and knowledge to his positions as both Beverage Director and the General Manager of the all-new Moe’s Steakhouse in Mission Beach.

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CATIE DAVENPORT

PROJECT MANAGER

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As a Northern California native who fell in love with San Diego and decided to make the jump 3 years ago, Catie has been immersed in the restaurant industry since high school. She worked her way up quickly from hostess, to busser, to server while attending college full time and training as a competitive gymnast in Northern California. She then spent the next 6 years working in Sales and Marketing and even started her own Wedding Cake business. Her passion for delicious cuisine and creativity (along with warm beach weather) lead her to San Diego, where she discovered a unique love for food photography. Catie recently joined OMG as Special Events Manager.

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Amy Mihok

Event Sales Manager

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Growing up on the East Coast, Amy found her way into the hospitality industry as a server during college in addition to receiving a Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management from Florida State University. For over 10 years, she has worked her way through selling and servicing events at resort and city hotel properties on both coasts. She has made her roots here in Pacific Beach, San Diego with her fiance and two cats, and joined OMG Hospitality in February 2022. She has grown her passion for the events industry through creativity, problem-solving and relationship building with clients. When not at work, you can find Amy playing beach volleyball, enjoying hikes with her soon-to-be-husband Sean and their cats, Leeloo and Nimh, and throwing dinner parties for her friends.

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Stephanie Chelsen

Event Sales Coordinator

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Born and raised in Virginia, Stephanie started her hospitality career in high school as a hostess & server. Her love for the industry led her to Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina where she received her Associates in Applied Science in Baking & Pastry Arts and her Bachelor of Science in Food Service Management. Her passion for industry has led to 7+ years in restaurant and event management. Stephanie is excited to bring her love for delicious food and a well executed event to OMG Hospitality Group!

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Olivia Leitstein

Graphic Designer

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Olivia is a multidisciplinary artist who began her studies at the University of San Francisco in Media Studies. She transferred to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, receiving an education and training from several former employees of Disney, Lucasfilm, Laika, and Pixar, which led to earning her bachelor’s degree in Animation and Visual Effects. Olivia continued to grow her passion as she traveled to various parts of the world including Australia, where she met her current fiance, Daryl. The pair moved back to the US shortly after the pandemic and planted their roots in Encinitas, CA. Dance has always been an integral part of her life, and she continues to practice as a performance artist for the local electronic music scene and Insomniac Events. When she’s not working, you can find her at music festivals or at home with their cat Palo.

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Daryl Yong

Social Media & Promotions Coordinator

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From Melbourne Australia, Daryl established a career within the fitness industry as a personal trainer and gym manager for over 6 years. He eventually transitioned into business development management for Anytime Fitness, an international gym franchise. After graduating with his Bachelor’s in Marketing Management, Daryl decided to pursue his passion for marketing and love for food, making the switch to the hospitality industry. Starting from scratch, he worked back of house roles from dishwasher to line cook, and several front of house roles to gain vital first-hand experience in the industry. Having experience in social media management, including his own food blog, he decided to bring his marketing and business development experience into the role he has today as Social Media Coordinator. In his free time Daryl loves to cook. While still staying close to his roots in fitness, he enjoys practicing calisthenics, is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and loves physical challenges. Every so often you can catch him and his wife Olivia at music festivals or at home with their cat, Palo.

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Mike Suponitzky

General Manager

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Mike initially began his career in hospitality as a dishwasher to put himself through school. He eventually worked his way up to bartender until a car accident led him to move back to LA with his now wife for surgery and to recover.  He jumped back into the hospitality industry, working for SBE as a table service assistant and got a taste of Hollywood nightlife at the highest level by opening, working for, and ultimately operating several of their venues. It was during this time that he assessed his career path and decided to forgo his initial career path as a teacher, and build his career as a hospitality leader, learning as much as possible and working up to a leadership role. 

SBE offered him his first opportunity as an Operations Manager at Create, a 20,000 square-foot EDM nightclub co-owned by Insomniac Events. Aside from nightlife, he executed a multitude of private & red carpet events including several high profile wrap parties & corporate events. From there, he transitioned to Operations Manager at Hyde Lounge Staples Center, a unique partnership between SBE, AEG & Levy Restaurants. He spent nearly two years in that role, operating as the liaison between all three companies, running operations and traveling across the country to assist with high-profile events such as the US Open. He continued to learn as he worked every event that they opened for (including the Grammys & NHL Finals), executed private parties for several hundred groups each season, and worked with some of the best in the industry in the busiest stadium in the world. 

With little to no upward mobility in his current position and a desire to further his career, he pursued a position with a company he had previously worked as an executive for, Lucky Strike. He was quickly promoted to General Manager at their flagship venue. His previous experience in entertainment hospitality served him well as they offered bowling, live music, and several high profile red carpet events, in addition to a litany of smaller private events. After two years with Lucky Strike, he took an opportunity to join Punch Bowl Social as a General Manager to open their newest venue in Rancho Cucamonga. 

After a successful first year at Punch Bowl Rancho, he was presented an offer to open the San Diego location. Due to construction and licensing delays, he accepted an offer to be the multiunit General Manager for Tavern + Bowl in San Diego. Punch Bowl & Tavern both operated similarly with the focus on the quality of the food, beverage and hospitality combined with the entertainment element and a plethora of private events. He remained with Tavern until COVID hit, and eventually received his dream offer to take over Waterbar as the General Manager. He continues to grow his passion for hospitality and events in his position at Waterbar, as well as managing bottle service with Insomniac Events, including high-profile events such as EDC and Maxim Hot 100.

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Hugo Arreguin

Executive Chef

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Tyler Glick

General Manager

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Growing up in Oceanside, CA, Tyler has been in the hospitality industry for most of his life. Starting in the dish pit and working his way to General Manager, he has developed teams at many well known local restaurants. More recently he has worked for Phils BBQ as a General Manager. Studying at Cal Poly Pomona and Florence University of the Arts, Tyler developed a passion for the culinary arts early on. When not at work, Tyler enjoys taking his dogs to the beach, enjoying a cold beer on the golf course and being with family. Taco Tuesday’s are a weekly tradition in his home and every dad joke and pun will always make him laugh.

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Jared Saunders

Executive Chef

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Jared is a San Diego native who started his culinary journey in high school as a dishwasher, where he quickly rose through the ranks to prep cook, line, sous chef, and eventually to Executive Chef. He had the honor of being mentored by Chef David Polis. Jared has 20+ years of culinary experience, a true passion for food, and enjoys cooking on his time off. When he’s not cooking, you can find him listening to music, spending time with his wife Tanya, his son Ezra Mars, his dog Ziggy, and cat. He enjoys hiking, going to the beach, and is also an avid sneaker collector.

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Clem Martineau

General Manager

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Working in restaurants since he was a kid, Clem has worked in several positions across the industry, from fast food to fine dining. Growing up in Massachusetts, Clem strangely developed an aversion to inclement weather and bolted for the warm climate of southern Florida.  While there, he enrolled in the Hospitality Program at the College of Boca Raton. Apparently, Florida wasn’t hot enough, so after a year, he transferred to the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. While finishing his education he worked a succession of jobs at casinos, nightclubs, and restaurants in the desert oasis. Upon graduating, he decided to try something new, so he was off to the west coast working for several different restaurant chains until he landed at Yard House restaurants.  There, he worked at locations across San Diego, Orange County, Palm Desert and Arizona.  Feeling the need to reconnect with family, Clem moved back home where he ran a successful ale house and worked at a boutique hotel called The Lenox.  The charm of San Diego proved too much to resist, so without much of a plan and with the conviction that life would better in the sunny Golden State, Clem packed up his 2013 Chevy Malibu and drove cross-country in December of 2021. He has been joyfully employed at Union Kitchen & Tap in the Gaslamp since February 2022.

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Gustavo Torres

Executive Chef

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Corri Wilson

General Manager

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Born and raised in sunny San Diego, Corri has created a career out of her love for the Restaurant and Hospitality Industry. Her passion for the restaurant industry first sparked while working at Mimi’s Café as a hostess. Fast forward 18 years and multiple locations and Corri has gained a vast knowledge of this industry and fully ignited that spark into a passion for what she does. In turn she passes that knowledge and connection onto her staff. Corri loves working with people and watching them grow through the training process, understanding the value behind the knowledge, and creating a great team environment. Corri became apart of the OMG Hospitality family 5 years ago because of her respect for the owner, Eric Leitstein’s, dedication for the restaurant industry. She enjoys the everyday challenges and being able to use her problem solving skills to run PB Alehouse as if it were her own. We look forward to watching her continue to grow within the OMG Hospitality Group.

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Luis Mayoral

Executive Chef

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Luis was born in Mexico City, a well-known hot spot for gastronomic culture. There, he attended the College of Gastronomy. With roots in two states that are famous for their culinary creations, Oaxaca and Michoacan, he applied the lessons he learned from his grandmother and mother growing up with his formal education to grow his knowledge of and passion for the culinary arts. He moved to San Diego when he was 18 to pursue a career in hospitality. You and eager to improve his skills, he continued to absorb as much knowledge as he could and was eventually offered his first position as a kitchen manager. At 22 years old, he was in charge of his own kitchen, which only grew his love for cooking more. At 35, he was offered an Executive Chef position with OMG at AleHouse, which has been the best kitchen experience he’s had the pleasure of being a part of. He’s been working there for over 5 years and feels as though AleHouse more than just a restaurant, it’s a place where you can truly feely at home and like you’re with family.

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Dan Enjem

Head Brewer

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Meet our new Head Brewer Dan Enjem. Dan is a San Diego native, born and raised.His passion for brewing well made beers began in 2005 with his first home brews. That passion and curiosity quickly grew and by 2013 Dan started pro brewing. Getting his start at Thorn Brewing and then brewing at Ballast Point Scripps Ranch, Dan was able to take his beer knowledge to new heights. He belonged to a team that won 15 medals at World Beer Cup, Great American Beer Festival, and Euro Beer Star from 2015 through 2018. Outside of the brewery he loves to enjoy the great outdoors by hiking, climbing, fishing, surfing and backpacking. He also has a passion for cooking and gardening at his home in La Mesa. Dan’s brewing philosophy is to brew well made beer that exemplify the style being brewed, while having the experience to brew outside the box.

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John Prusinovski

General Manager

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JP started his career in hospitality as a dishwasher, and has worked his way up the ranks throughout his 26 years in the hospitality industry to General Manager. JP is a skilled leader who specializes in bar management, craft cocktails, nightlife and personnel management, and has applied his in-depth knowledge of the industry to his position as Backyard’s General Manager since October 2021. His passion for hospitality stems from the excitement each day brings, knowing that there is never a dull moment when working in the venue. He has lived in San Diego for the last 18 years and loves Hello Kitty, the Wu-Tang Clan, and exploring all that San Diego has to offer.

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Brent Noll

General Manager

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As a native of Salinas, California, Brent Noll never dreamed he could make a career out of food and drink. Thrown into “the industry” as a sophomore in high school, Brent started working in the “dish pit” at his mother’s small, neighborhood restaurant. After attending San Diego State University Brent returned to the Bay Area where he worked in the fine dining scene and focused on learning the intricacies of food, beverage, and hospitality. It was here he discovered his passion for wine, which ultimately led him to earn his certification as a professional Sommelier. Brent then returned to San Diego and jumped into the management game at several well-known San Diego restaurants, where he proceeded to develop and maintain an {“award-winning wine list” (according to Wine Spectator magazine). Brent brings his breadth of passion and knowledge to his positions as both Beverage Director and the General Manager of the all-new Moe’s Steakhouse in Mission Beach.

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Chef J Scollon

Executive Chef

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Moe’s culinary development is headed up by Executive Chef J. Scollon. J. discovered his passion for the hospitality industry at the young age of 15, where he began bussing tables in his hometown of Burbank, CA. Hooked by the hospitality industry at such a young age, he attended Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School in Pasadena, where he further developed his passion for cooking into a successful career. Always looking to expand his knowledge and approach to preparing amazing food, he left the US to travel in Europe to develop his craft. There, he spent time studying in France, Italy, and even a season making cheese on a goat farm in Germany. His years of professional culinary experience include positions at Michelin-rated and James Beard award-winning restaurants, stints on Sunset Strip catering to Hollywood’s elite, and fine dining in Napa Valley, Maine and Colorado. Chef J. is excited to be in his new San Diego home and thrilled to continue his career bringing culinary delights to life at the iconic Moe’s in Mission Beach.

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