LEADERSHIP

Jose Garces

Chief Culinary Officer

Since opening his first restaurant in 2005, Chef Jose Garces has emerged as one of the nation’s leading chefs and restaurateurs. He is the 2009 winner of the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic” award and one of only a few chefs in the country to hold the coveted title of Iron Chef. Chef Garces is the author of The Latin Road Home (Lake Isle Press, October 2012), a culinary and cultural tour of Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Cuba and Peru, and his debut cookbook, Latin Evolution (Lake Isle Press, Fall 2008).

Ronnie Artigues

Chief Legal & Administrative Officer

Ronnie Artigues is the Chief Legal & Administrative Officer of Garces. Artigues has an extensive background in commercial transactions, corporate governance and governmental and public affairs, working with prestigious national law firms and privately held companies throughout the Northeast and Southeast. In 2016, Artigues joined Ballard Brands’ as general counsel. In 2018 Ballard Brands and Garces entered into a strategic partnership. An honors graduate of Loyola University in Finance and Business Administration and of Tulane Law School, Artigues has been married to Nancy Gex for twenty-eight years and has two children, Meg and Jonathon. Artigues manages his time between the Gulf Coast and Philadelphia.

Jeff Giavotella

Chief Financial Officer

Jeffery A. Giavotella serves as Chief Financial Officer and member of the Advisory Board for Ballard Brands. His consummate financial experience, vision, and business acumen makes him a critical resource for Ballard Brands owners and executives to rely upon. Jeffery oversees all financial facets of the Ballard Brands business portfolio. His responsibilities include, treasury management, financial & performance analysis, corporate accounting, fiscal auditing, and tax & risk management, to name a few. Giavotella joined Ballard Brands with over 15 years of entrepreneurial, executive, finance management, and forensic accounting experience. In 2010, he was promoted to Chief Financial Officer, a role that he presently takes privilege serving.

Scott Campanella

Chief Operating Officer

Scott joined Garces in 2020 as the Chief Operating Officer. Scott brings over 20 years of experience overseeing strategy, operations, retention, acquisition management, and concept development for national brands spanning both coasts. A graduate of Temple University, Scott returned to the Philadelphia area in 2005, where he currently lives with his wife and two children.

Judy Moore

Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer

Judy has been with Garces since 2011. She is responsible for the overall revenue growth of Garces, handling both the restaurant and events divisions. Previously, Judy led their sales and marketing division with her expertise in developing community partnerships and growing top-line revenue. As a seasoned event professional, Judy previously owned her own event planning firm and served as Director of Sales and Catering for Philadelphia based Guest Counts Hospitality. Throughout her career, Judy has earned accolades for creating and executing exceptional events, including work with former President Bill Clinton’s Library Foundation.

Gregg Ciprioni

Executive Vice President of Culinary Operations

Gregg Ciprioni has been with Garces for 6 years. After having spent several years cooking in both San Francisco and New York City, he moved to Philadelphia to be part of its exciting and burgeoning restaurant community. Chef Gregg began his time with Chef Garces developing a charcuterie program during the opening of Garces Trading Company, eventually becoming Chef de Cuisine of the restaurant. Gregg moved to the corporate level as Culinary Director and began work on menu development. Gregg plays an integral role in overseeing new menu implementations at our existing restaurants and new concepts. In spring 2018, Chef Gregg moved into his current role as Vice President, Culinary Development.

Speaking Engagements

The Garces Leadership Team has spoken at: The National Restaurant Association, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and Philly Ad Club.

For more information on the team's availability, please contact marketing@garcesgroup.com.