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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

When you’re born overseas and raised in countries including Greece, Australia, Africa and Germany, it’s helpful to be able to operate in diverse environments. Alex Curley turned that gift into his career. As SPH’s COO, he oversees the operations for the company’s nine concepts and 23 restaurant locations.

Alex Curley
Chief Operating Officer

Keeping a close eye on Southern Proper’s financials and information systems, Director of Finance, Kyle Sims is charged with maintaining the company’s fiscal integrity and accuracy. The former Six Flags theme park Controller finds Southern Proper to be a perfect fit to achieving his personal career goals. The self-proclaimed picky eater even enjoys the added bonus of being able to try new foods … and liking them.

Kyle Sims
Director of Finance

Dominic Belli has come a long way since his first job making lasagna and cannelloni in the basement of an Italian restaurant at age 14. These days the biology major turned chef turned vice president of culinary and purchasing has made an exact science of activities such as sourcing the best suppliers and products, maintaining inventory and creating hiring and training standards. Since it’s not as easy making an exact science of children’s schedules, the Marietta resident and father of two can often be found in his spare time happily shuttling his sons to their activities.

Dominic Belli
VP of Culinary and Purchasing

Inspiring and empowering employees is the icing on the cake for pastry chef Colleen Spahr who put away her rolling pin to serve as Southern Proper’s director of learning and development. While her love for the culinary arts got her into the business, her passion for helping staff create memorable dining experiences keeps the fire burning.

Colleen Spahr
Director of Learning and Development

After 26 years in the District of Columbia, Janice L. Conner took at leap of faith to move to Atlanta and oversee Southern Proper’s event sales department. Along with a main goal of increasing revenue, she is most excited about cultivating the careers of the company’s event sales managers to help them reach and exceed their professional goals. Janice learned early on that she can impact lives through hospitality--both on the job and through community service and activism. When off the clock, she enjoys exploring her new city and discovering its rich food scene, high-energy workouts at Orange Theory and reading.

Janice L. Conner
National Director of Sales

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