Our success is a direct result of the personal investment of our employees, from our passionate management team to our local staff who ensure that "the best service is always about individual service." Moana Restaurant Group embraces an innovative corporate culture designed to maximize the passion and personal investment of each of its employees, from the top down. Led by a truly entrepreneurial management team, the company's collective expertise and creative vision ensure that each Moana guest receives impeccable service and a memorable experience.
Moana has access to the acumen of over 20 professionals in our corporate offices in San Rafael. Collectively, our team provides expertise in management, development, finance, accounting, marketing, sales, information technology, purchasing, and human resources - augmenting the extensive experience of over 2,000 employees at our property locations. Key Moana executives are:
Tim Harmon, CEO
As CEO, Mr. Harmon oversees all aspect of business operations and property development for the company including selecting sites and overseeing design of new restaurants. Mr. Harmon brings a formidable level of hotel and restaurant industry experience and expertise to Moana Restaurant Group. Mr. Harmon also serves as a CEO of Mosaic Hotels and Managing Partners of Solage Hotels and Resorts, two affiliated hotel management companies. Prior to founding Moana Restaurant Group, Mr. Harmon served as Director of Business Development for Auberge Resorts where he handled acquisitions and development of new resort properties. Before starting a career in the hospitality business, Mr. Harmon practiced law for nearly eight years, specializing in real estate and business transactions. Mr. Harmon is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the Hastings College of Law in San Francisco.
Jon Swanson, President
As President, Jon Swanson oversees all aspects of the restaurants' day-to-day operations and is also responsible for pre-opening training and operations. He works directly with the managers at each location to instill in them a sense of leadership and autonomy. Managers and employees are encouraged and empowered to provide input and ideas, to have a stake in the restaurant, and to find solutions to problems without going up the chain of command. As a result, Moana restaurants are extraordinarily successful at attracting and retaining talented and motivated managers and employees.
A Bay Area native, Mr. Swanson brings abundant experience to his position. After graduating from the University of Denver with a degree in hotel and restaurant management, he held management positions at a variety of restaurants in Portland, Seattle and Sacramento. He also opened several Wall Street Cafés, a successful group of café-delicatessens in the East San Francisco Bay area. In 1991, he co-founded the first Paragon Bar & Café in San Francisco's Marina district and served as its opening General Manager. Since then, he has handled pre-opening operations and training that led to successful launches of numerous restaurants.
Marc Quinones, Vice President Operations
As Vice President of Operations, Marc Quinones is the driver of upholding Moana restaurant operational standards and the day-to-day link between our General Managers and company objectives. Mr. Quinones brings to the table over 18 years in restaurant management with experience at Redwood Coast Brewing Company (Tied House) and as the General Manager of Paragon Restaurant and Bar. A San Francisco native and Cal Berkeley alumnus, Mr. Quinones' detailed business eye, practical application of restaurant management concepts, and sense of humor help create a culture of long-term business success.
Colleen Gray, Vice President of Finance
Colleen is a Senior Finance Executive with over 30 years experience in the hospitality industry. She is a hands on leader, having learned the hotel and restaurant industries from the ground up. She attained her certification in Public Accounting following her time with Ernst and Young, and has over 25 years' experience in financial services. Her leadership strength, exceptional technical expertise, and attention to detail will help position Moana Restaurant Group for successful growth in the coming years.
Colleen is a native of Maine and New Hampshire, having relocated to the Bay Area in 2002. She is an avid skier and hiker, and volunteers in her free time coaching and refereeing AYSO soccer.
Linda Salman, Director of Operations
Linda Salman assists in overseeing the restaurants' day-to-day operations including purchasing and marketing initiatives. Prior to joining the company in 2001, she was an account manager for an advertising company. Ms. Salman grew up working in her family's restaurant in Cincinnati.
Karen Boudrie, Director of Human Resources
Karen manages and directs the activities involved in developing and maintaining the full range of the human resources function for the organization. She oversees employee health benefit and retirement programs, HRIS management, recruitment, employee relations, policy administration and compliance, and safety and risk management programs. Prior to coming to Moana Restaurant Group, Karen's experience covers a diverse range of industries including hospitality, wine and spirits, specialty retail and financial services. She holds a bachelor's degree from Sonoma State University, and earned her SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) credential in 2008. She is an active member of the Northern California Human Resources Association and is affiliated with the Marin HR Network.
Julie Workman, Design/Project Manager
Joining Moana Restaurant Group in 2015, Julie brings a broad range of experience with more than 19 years of hospitality design and industry experience to the firm. Her project history includes 100+ restaurants, in addition to boutique hotels, luxury resorts, spas and residential design and concepts while at Knauer Inc, Deerfield, IL; ERS Hospitality, San Francisco, CA and Hirsch Bedner Associates, San Francisco, CA.
A graduate of Harrington College of Design in Chicago, IL, Julie approaches project and team management with the goal of building camaraderie. She coordinates with owners, managers, general contractors, architects, designers and vendors to ensure that each property reflects Moana’s standards.
Jon Trowbridge, IT Manager
As the Information Technology Manager Jon Trowbridge is responsible for leading technology strategy and managing overall IT operations and customer service. He joined Moana with over 15 years experience managing and overseeing IT systems in restaurant and hospitality environments. Prior to joining Moana Jon has worked as a IT consultant in the Bay Area for local restaurants and chains, Project Lead for NCR Northern California, and IT Manager for multi concept national brand restaurant companies.
Chris Carvalho, Corporate Director of Payroll & Financial Systems.
Chris Carvalho has more than 17 years in the hospitality industry. He comes to us most recently from Commune Hotels and Resorts where he was Corporate Director, Finance Systems since 2006. He was Controller for Moana Restaurant Group from 2005 to 2006, and Senior Regional Controller at Joie De Vivre Hospitality from 2000 to 2005. Chris holds a BS degree from Arizona State University.
Annie Sosa, Corporate Controller
Annie Sosa has more than 17 years of Accounting experience with 15 years coming from the hospitality industry. She comes to us most recently from Commune Hotels and Resorts where she was Regional Director of Finance since 2015 and prior to that, was Director of Finance for Citizen Hotel & Grange Restaurant from 2008 to 2015, a Joie de Vivre hotel. Annie holds an MBA degree from California State University, Sacramento. In her spare time, Annie enjoys traveling and exploring new cities and wineries with her family.
Olya Bowland, Marketing Manager
As Marketing Manager, Olya manages integrated marketing campaigns and grassroots initiatives for Moana's restaurants. With extensive background in hospitality marketing and digital advertising, Olya brings an expertise in development and execution of creative campaigns to the company. Prior to joining Moana, she was most recently at Vino Volo where she managed marketing programs for a group of 50 premium airport-based wine bars. Prior to joining Vino Volo, she managed digital advertising campaigns for clients in the hospitality, luxury retail, education and arts industries and worked for Il Fornaio, where she managed marketing initiatives for 22 high-end Italian restaurants. Channeling her love for food and wine, she co-founded a boutique Bay Area-based wine tour company for couples and small groups after she graduated from UC Davis. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the wine country, discovering new restaurants, cooking and attending art exhibits.
Laura Garner, Marketing Manager
A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Laura brings with her an unshakable passion for food, beverage and southern hospitality. After learning the ins-and-outs of restaurant operations under the tutelage of a former Chez Panisse alum, Laura moved to Florence, Italy where she completed a culinary arts and wine studies program before making her home in the Bay Area.
With a background in integrated marketing, event planning, restaurant concepting and campaign development, Laura brings an expertise in grassroots marketing, media relations, event activations and the development and execution of holistic creative campaigns to Moana.
Prior to joining Moana, Laura was most recently at Edelman, where she led campaigns for global brands such as Campari America, Hilton Hotels Global Food & Beverage and Netflix. She cut her teeth at a boutique hospitality agency, where she worked with such clients as Celebrity Cruises, Mr. Espresso, Kimpton Hotels and The Culinary Institute of America on event activations, opening strategies and concept development. She also brings extensive experience in large-scale event concepting, planning and execution with clients such as Salesforce.com, LinkedIn and VMware.