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Officers and Director of Prime Restaurants Inc. ("Prime")

Board of Directors

  • John A. Rothschild

    Director - Chief Executive Officer

    Mr. Rothschild is the sole member of the Board of Directors, and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Prime. Mr. Rothschild has been a senior officer and member of the Boards of Directors of Prime's predecessors since 1988. From 1979 until 1993, Mr. Rothschild worked for Cemp Investments Ltd. (later Claridge Inc.), rising to become Vice-President of Investments, and then President of one of that company's subsidiaries specializing in investing in small to medium sized businesses. Mr. Rothschild also sits on the boards of directors of several Canadian companies. Mr. Rothschild has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto (1971), a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario (1973), and is a Chartered Accountant (both Ontario and Québec).

Other Executive Officers

  • Nalini Barma

    Vice-President - Human Resources

    Ms. Barma joined Prime Restaurants in 2008 as head of Human Resources, and was promoted to Vice-President - Human Resources in 2010. She oversees all aspects of the corporate human resources function for Prime Restaurants. Ms. Barma's 20 years of experience includes senior management positions in various industries including retail, telecommunications and insurance. She holds a business degree from York University.

  • Andrew Berzins

    Vice-President - Development

    Mr. Berzins joined Prime as Director of Construction in 1998. In 2000 he became a partner with Prime in Stylcorp Development Inc. ('SDI'), a site development/project management/construction company providing services for plazas, restaurants and housing. In 2003 Prime purchased SDI, and Mr. Berzins became Vice President – Construction. In 2009, he was promoted to Vice President – Development. Prior to joining Prime, Mr. Berzins had extensive experience in the construction industry. He was Site Superintendent, then a Construction Manager with GRW Construction/Armstrong Homes from 1972 to 1979. From 1979 to 1984 he was Vice President of Construction for Toronto-based land developers Goldfan Holdings. From 1984 to 1998 he was Vice President of Kaneff Homes Inc., and Vice President of Construction for Kaneff Properties Ltd, a Mississauga land developer and builder of high-rise condominiums, office towers, retail plazas, single family and multiple low-rise family homes.

  • Rob Carmichael

    Vice-President - Operations

    Mr. Carmichael joined Prime in February 2008 as Vice President, but was one of Prime's key Labatt Brewery contacts before then. Mr. Carmichael started his management career in the hospitality business in 1991 as a unit level General Manager with the Empire Pub Group. He then joined SIR Corp, working in various management and New Store Opening roles with the Alice Fazooli’s Brand. In 1999, Rob joined Labatt as a field representative and over the past 8 years has progressed through that company holding key rôles, including those of National Key Account Manager, Western Canada and most recently, Senior Manager, National Key Accounts, Canada.

  • Grant Cobb

    President & Senior Vice President – Brand Management

    Mr. Cobb was manager of Prime's pub division since that division's inception in 1996 until March 1997, when he was promoted to Vice President - Pub Division. He was also an indirect equity owner in the pub division until the division was amalgamated with Prime's other predecessors. In 2003, he became Vice President - Corporate Restaurants Division, in charge of all of our corporate restaurants. In 2008, he was promoted to Senior Vice President - Casey's and Pubs, and in 2009 again promoted to Senior Vice President - Brand Management. He was again promoted, this time to President in early 2014. Mr. Cobb has managed several large food service businesses since 1982, including Casey's and Pat & Mario's restaurants, and two hotels. He operated several casual, themed restaurants commencing in 1990 (Bone Fish Louie's, Dakotas, Tailgate Charlie's, Viper Club, Big Buck's Mountain Lodge and Sir Winston's Restaurant and Pub). Mr. Cobb graduated from Centennial College (Hotel and Restaurant Management) in 1982.

  • Brian Elliot

    Vice-President - Accounting Services

    Mr. Elliot commenced employment with Prime in 1994 as the Accounting Manager. In 2000 he was appointed the Controller and in 2006 was appointed the position of Vice-President — Accounting Services. Prior to joining Prime, Mr. Elliot worked with Wendy's Restaurants of Canada Inc. where he held the position of Regional Finance Director. Mr. Elliot received his CMA designation in 1992 from the Society of Management Accountants.

  • Jack Gardner

    Vice-President - Marketing Casey’s & Pubs

    Mr. Gardner joined Prime in March of 2004 as Director, Local Store Sales and Marketing. He was promoted to Vice-President Sales & Marketing - Casey's & Pubs Division in January 2008. Prior to joining Prime, Mr. Gardner held marketing and promotions positions in the film industry including Senior Publicity and Promotions Manager, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marketing Manager, AMC Theatres of Canada. Mr. Gardner holds a Masters of Arts, English Literature from the University of Toronto.

  • John Verdon

    Vice-President – East Side Mario’s Marketing

    Mr. Verdon joined Prime in 2009 as Vice President – East Side Mario’s Marketing. He had operated a management consulting and full-service advertising agency since 2007. He had also held management positions with Lakeport Beverage Corporation (from 2003 to 2007), Labatt Breweries (from 1998 to 2003) and Molson Breweries (from 1991 to 1996). Mr. Verdon is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and also holds an MBA from Babson College in Boston.