Our Team

 

Our collection of talented individuals represent the core of the food and beverage industry combined with talent covering internet marketing, internet publishing and journalism, internet law and wholesale food sales and distribution.

Jordan C. Mackey

Founder & C.E.O.

A.O.S. - Culinary Arts; B.S. – Hotel & Restaurant Management

New England Culinary Institute

Jordan has spent 18 years as a professional chef with hands-on experience in a wide range of industry settings - from large hotels and fine-dining resorts to chain restaurants and small ‘mom and pop’ establishments. His formal hospitality education was completed mid-stream in his career, at New England Culinary Institute’s four facilities in Burlington Vermont. Jordan brings a real-world perspective and first-hand approach – from the back office business of budgeting and procurement, to delivering thousands of perfect entrees to the table. Jordan embodies the quintessential customer profile. He is very familiar with the common high-pressure high volume environments experience by professional chefs every day. He understands the many and varied needs of our target membership, and has more than a decade of business skills involving 7 figure buying power and its impact on the bottom line.  As he will tell you “I have been inspired for years to foster a viable solution for my industry to make managing daily tasks easier and more efficient, because when you “fall behind” in this business you don’t catch up…you just have to change your plan”

 

 

Morgan M. Craft

Founder & President

B.A. in Political Science/International Relations, UCLA

Morgan has managed numerous well-known restaurants in Los Angeles, including Chaya Venice, Capo, Dominick’s and Primitivo Wine Bistro. He opened and ran The Pelican in Miami Beach, Hana Sushi in Sun Valley, Idaho, and has consulted for numerous restaurant startups. A parallel career in media and journalism enhances his qualifications, having published two regional lifestyle magazines (Palm Springs and Salt Lake City) and as editor of two community newspapers (Palm Springs and Venice, California). “Chefs Network fuses my love of food and my respect for the written word. Chefs and foodservice professionals need timely and relevant information, and it’s my job to provide that at Chefs Network, which I find exciting and truly fulfilling.” On the hotel front, Morgan was hired by the Patina Group of Los Angeles to be the F&B Director of the Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs; by Noble House Hotels as Director of Outlets for the 406-room Riviera Resort and as General Manager and Wine Director for Restaurant Cuvee at Napa’s River Terrace Inn. He lives in the Napa Valley and currently consults for numerous wineries including Monticello Vineyards, Tudal Family Winery, and Cliff Lede Vineyards.

Warren Lee

Co-founder & C.M.O.

BA -  Political Studies, Pitzer Colledge

 

Mr. Lee’s expertise is in all phases of digital sales and marketing operations, including branding, platform development, market development, client relationships, internal and external communications, implementing strategic and tactical programs, creating and executing complex marketing strategies for companies with advanced advertising delivery systems. Mr. Lee has held Senior Marketing, Business Development, Relationship Management, and Sales positions for the past 25 years with a focus on immerging technologies, advertising networks, online advertising, e-commerce, security, convergence technologies and payment solution companies. Mr. Lee has a successful history of product management, creating and executing marketing programs, managing alliances, partnerships, and strategic relationships.


 

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Wallace Jackson

Co-founder & C.I.O.

MSBA - Marketing Strategy, USC

MBA - Information System Design and Implementation, USC

BA - Economics, UCLA

 

Wallace Jackson, C.I.O., is a seasoned new media content producer, and interactive 3D programmer specializing in UI and UX design and development for dozens of leading international branded manufacturers including Sony, Samsung, Adobe Systems, Tyco, Epson, Nokia, Dell, Mitsubishi, TEAC, ViewSonic, Sun Microsystems, SGI, and Micron. Wallace is widely known for being able to deliver entire multimedia projects in one or two megabytes of total data footprint, using only open source technology and very compact code. Wallace has a BA in Business Economics from UCLA, and MBA’s in MIS (IT) Design and Marketing Strategy from USC’s Marshall School of Business, and is the author of six books on HTML5 development, social media marketing, UI and UX design, and 3D graphic design. He lives on a ranch outside of Santa Barbara, California. Wallace brings a level of experience and knowledge to the Chefs Network team, that will well position us to evolve intelligently and effeciently as our platform develops. His immense understanding of multiple programming lanuanges and front end UX design will ensure our users will experience a seamless and instinctive navigation of our platforms many resources and features.

Co-Founder, Technology and Development

IT-Labs

CFO

Scott Ingram

B.A. Computer Systems, M.B.A. Finance, M.B.A. Marketing

 

 

Executive Editor 

Justin Hemlepp

J.D. Certificate in International Law; B.A., Political Science;

B.S., Journalism; A.A., Journalism

 

Justin spent more than 10 years in the hospitality industry—both in front-of-house and management positions—before pursuing careers in journalism and law. In private practice, Justin has represented individuals and businesses in a variety of litigation and transactional matters, e.g., complex commercial and contract disputes, business formations and transactions, intellectual property disputes, securities arbitration, landlord-tenant disputes, foreclosure defense, creditors’ rights, consumers’ rights, media law, civil rights, family law, construction defects and professional negligence. Justin also taught civil procedure as an adjunct professor at Hillsborough County Community College and founded a publishing company which put out a daily Web magazine, The Sequitur. In college, he was a Web producer at The Gainesville Sun as well as a reporter and editor at the Independent Florida Alligator. Justin’s background in hospitality, journalism and Web publishing well position him to be General Counsel for Chefs Network. As house counsel, Justin represents Chefs Network in all transactional, compliance and litigation matters and coordinates the efforts of outside law firms, if necessary. “The old adage is that ‘The best defense is a good offense,’” Justin said. “But in business, the best defense really is having good practices at the outset to avoid disputes down the road.” 

Dir. of Business Development & General Council

Dana Glassel

B.A. University of Michigan, JD, Golden Gate University

 

 

Dana has logged hours and travel working for several law firms as well as the legal teams of several large companies including Lexus Nexus, the Vector Marketing Company and brazil business reports, her strengths include corporate contract negociations, sales contracts and sales process optimization and litigation. She was on the legal team that processesed the litigations for the former yugoslavia where she assisted the defense team during those trials. Chefs Network will look to Dana to oversee our sales contract creation and negociation, client relationships, corporate compliance, business development and collaboration with our executive editor on content liscensing and copywrite issues, as well as cordinating outside council where needed.

V.P. of Product Development

Luke Stotler

B.A. Computer Systems, M.B.A. Finance, M.B.A. Marketing

 

 

Justin spent more than 10 years in the hospitality industry—both in front-of-house and management positions—before pursuing careers in journalism and law. In private practice, Justin has represented individuals and businesses in a variety of litigation and transactional matters, e.g., complex commercial and contract disputes, business formations and transactions, intellectual property disputes, securities arbitration, landlord-tenant disputes, foreclosure defense, creditors’ rights, consumers’ rights, media law, civil rights, family law, construction defects and professional negligence. Justin also taught civil procedure as an adjunct professor at Hillsborough County Community College and founded a publishing company which put out a daily Web magazine, The Sequitur. In college, he was a Web producer at The Gainesville Sun as well as a reporter and editor at the Independent Florida Alligator. Justin’s background in hospitality, journalism and Web publishing well position him to be General Counsel for Chefs Network. As house counsel, Justin represents Chefs Network in all transactional, compliance and litigation matters and coordinates the efforts of outside law firms, if necessary. “The old adage is that ‘The best defense is a good offense,’” Justin said. “But in business, the best defense really is having good practices at the outset to avoid disputes down the road.” 

Our Advisors

 

Our collection of talented individuals represent the core of the food and beverage industry combined with talent covering internet marketing, internet publishing and journalism, internet law and wholesale food sales and distribution.