Denise Baron Herrera
Vice President of Operations
Burtons Grill LLC
Vice President Operations; Kevin Harron CEO
AOS Culinary Arts, BS Foodservice Management from Johnson & Wales University
UMASS Emerging Leaders Cohort 2012
Culinary Enrichment and Innovation Program Inaugural Class 2010
Les Dames d'Escoffier Boston Chapter
Massachusetts Restaurant Association Board of Directors 2012-2015
Massachusetts Restaurant Education Foundation Board of Directors 2013-current
Professor Carlomusto and Kevin Harron have been two mentors of mine who both taught me about perseverance. Kevin has always taught me to be the leader I want my team members to become and to be self-reflective and self-accountable. When you reach a certain executive level you have to keep challenging yourself as you are your own self motivator. Stay real.
I am most proud of what we at Burtons have accomplished over the past 10 years. I am proud to know that I had a hand in crafting a successful and growing restaurant group with 2 concepts that focus on quality, integrity and pride along with being able to influence the various people along the way. My defining moment is when I was asked to hang up my chef coat and oversee all operations of the restaurants.
The most challenging part of my job is being able to turn off. I love what I do therefore I am always seeking more information regarding the hospitality industry and looking for ways to improve upon the guest and employee experiences. I need to remember that I have 2 young children and they grow up fast!
The advice I have for upcoming younger executives is to know that you are always being watched by your peers so it is important that you have a good sense of who you are and how you lead. Practice what you preach.
Hiking, Arts & Crafts, Swimming, Gardening, Cooking & Eating Out!
February 18, 2017