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It’s safe to say the hospitality business is in Mike Evertsen’s blood. After all, he’s been involved since the age of thirteen and worked his way through college in the service industry. As a SPH Partner, Mike works diligently to make sure the cash flows and the company is positioned for continued growth. Mike is also the Founder and CEO of LifeTek Orthobiologics(LTO), an international manufacturer of orthopedic and neurosurgical implants, headquartered in Mexico City, Mexico.

Mike Evertsen

“Serial entrepreneur” turned “serial restaurateur” Chris Hadermann is Southern Proper’s conceiver, focused on creating cool concepts centered around food, wine and conversation. The co-founder and partner of Southern Proper, Chris is the go-to man responsible for charting the company’s strategy, direction and development of all Southern Proper's concepts .

Chris Hadermann

What happens when a 19-year old college student makes a $500 investment in a school newspaper enterprise? If you’re John Piemonte, you parlay it into a million-dollar business that launches your career creating successful companies. These days, as co-founder/partner, he has limited those businesses to the hospitality industry. As director of strategic planning, he has his pulse on every aspect of the business from innovation and R&D to culinary, operations, sales & marketing, concept development, growth and brand management.

John “JP” Piemonte

Adding value and fueling growth are the first stops on Chris Harter’s roadmap for Southern Proper Hospitality. A hospitality industry veteran who lives and breathes the business, Chris brings a unique perspective to his role as Chief Operating Officer, having owned his own restaurants before becoming a corporate executive in the industry. As COO, he oversees all operations for the group’s restaurants from both a strategic and quality standpoint, while helping the company expand its offering of distinctive dining experiences.

Chris Harter
Chief Operating Officer

Keeping a close eye on Southern Proper’s financials, human resources and information systems, VP of Finance & Administration, Kyle Sims is charged with maintaining the company’s vision with financial integrity, talent retention and sound IT infrastructure. With an MBA from Reinhardt University and a BBA from Kennesaw State University, the former Six Flags theme park controller finds Southern Proper to be a perfect fit to achieving his personal career goals and helping grow the Atlanta-based hospitality group. In his free time, Sims enjoys spending time with his family, rooting on the Georgia Bulldawgs, and hunting during deer and duck seasons.

Kyle Sims
VP – Finance & Administration

As a designer, entrepreneur, and a former gallery owner, Kim has worked with 100’s of creative people to design interesting and often “out of the box” creations. She is inspired by color, light, and nature. SPH is a fast paced, challenging, and inspiring addition to Kim’s life. With new concepts always on her desk, she enjoys seeing her ideas take shape and grow. When not designing hospitality environments, you can find Kim hiking, biking, and kayaking with her son, husband and three dogs.

Kim Fong

A Florida State grad, Dani puts her Master’s Degree in Marketing to good use as Corporate Marketing Manager. Dani leads the marketing efforts for SPH restaurants which includes social media and digital presence, graphic design and photography, coordination of marketing events, community involvement, and growing brand awareness.

Dani Alvarez
Corporate Marketing Manager

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