Cameron Mitchell to maintain role as CEO and founder; focus on strategic development
David Miller, a nationally recognized restaurant executive and 20-year veteran of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR), has been elevated to the position of president and chief operating officer (COO) of the company. Miller has served the company for more than two decades in a variety of leadership roles, most recently as executive vice president of CMR.
Miller’s appointment was announced by company founder Cameron Mitchell on February 16, 2016. He assumes the newly-created position effective today. Mitchell will retain his role as founder and CEO of the restaurant company with an enhanced focus on CMR’s growing portfolio, including long-term planning and strategic development.
“It has been an honor to work alongside David as a friend and business partner for so many years, as we collaborated to build this company to the position it holds today. There is no one who deserves this recognition more,” said Mitchell. “David’s vision for our concepts, our associates and our operations, as well as his unmatched ability to successfully execute that vision, have contributed like no other to the growth of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants.”
Miller, a 35-year veteran of the hospitality industry, began his management career in 1987 with the Stouffer Restaurant Company, working in markets across the Midwest and on the west coast. He joined CMR in 1996 as a general manager for Cap City Fine Diner. He was promoted in 1997 as CMR’s first director of operations, when the company had just three restaurants. Today, the company has opened more than 70 restaurants across the country and launched a national concept – Ocean Prime – in some of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas.
“Working with a dynamic executive team that has more than 200 years of combined CMR experience, as well as a fearless, innovative leader like Cameron has been a true pleasure, and I am thrilled and humbled for the opportunity that lies ahead,” said Miller. “But at the heart of it all is our exceptional family of associates, who each day ensure that every guest who dines at a Cameron Mitchell restaurant receives our carefully crafted brand of Great People Delivering Genuine Hospitality combined with an unparalleled culinary experience. I am proud to continue to work with them in this new role.”
As part of the transition, three current CMR veterans have been promoted to additional company responsibilities. Chuck Kline has been named senior vice president of operations, Wayne Schick has been named senior vice president of restaurant planning and procurement, and Brian Hinshaw has been named senior vice president of food and beverage. Each has been with CMR for nearly 20 years.
Founded by Cameron Mitchell in 1993 in Columbus, Ohio, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants LLC operates 26 restaurants under 13 different concepts, including Cameron’s American Bistro, Cap City Fine Diner & Bar, Hudson 29 Kitchen + Drink, M, Marcella’s, Martini Modern Italian, Mitchell’s Ocean Club (Ocean Prime), Molly Woo’s Asian Bistro, The Pearl, The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek, The Guild House, The Avenue Steak Tavern and Cameron Mitchell Premier Events in Columbus. Cameron Mitchell Premier Events also oversees four venues in Columbus, The Darby House, The Ivory Room at Miranova, Columbus Museum of Art and Hawk Galleries. The Ocean Prime concept has 12 locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and most recently Boston, Massachusetts. A 13th location in Washington D.C. will open late summer 2016. The Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern, a sister company of CMR, currently operates 22 locations in Florida, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina and Ohio. Cameron Mitchell and the various concepts have received numerous culinary, leadership, entrepreneur, community service and readers’ choice awards. For more information on Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, visit www.cameronmitchell.com.