Founder and CEO

Hunter Pond

Founding Partner

Kyle Brooks

Partner, VP, Development & F.M.

Wes Freeman

VP, Operations

JON PECK

vp, brand management

Lauren Land

PARTNER, DIRECTOR OF REAL ESTATE

MATT MCCLAIN

Marketing Director

Rosie Roberson

creative project manager

Lauren Burgess

human resources director

Aubri Shock

partner, Chief counsel

Chris mcneil

leadership

Kathryn page

marketing manager

Founder and CEO

Hunter Pond

Bio: Hunter is the Founder and CEO of Vandelay Hospitality Group and serves as its current Chairman of the Board. Hunter founded the business in 2012 at the age of 24 with the launching of the first concept in East Hampton Sandwich Company. Named to the Forbes 30 under 30, along with numerous other accolades, Hunter continues to focus on leading the company into multiple different verticles within the hospitality space. Outside of company business, Hunter’s interests include his involvement in church, YPO Dallas, golf, NBA basketball, and his growing family.

Education: Texas Tech University, B.A.

founding partner

Kyle Brooks

Bio: Kyle is a founding partner of Vandelay Hospitality Group. Growing up in the restaurant industry, Kyle has had a passion for the business for a significant part of his life. He followed that passion with his pursuit and receipt of a Restaurant Hotel & Institutional Management degree at Texas Tech University. After graduation, Kyle joined the Chili's Brand Strategy team at Brinker International. Presented with the opportunity to join the Vandelay team as a partner in 2014, Kyle left Brinker and has been overseeing marketing for the Vandelay brands ever since. Outside of work, Kyle enjoys traveling, attending concerts, and spending time with his nieces. Kyle is an avid supporter of St. Jude Children's Hospital and serves on the St Jude Evening Under The Stars underwriting committee.

Education: Texas Tech University, B.A.

Partner, VP, Development & F.M.

Wes Freeman

Bio: Wes Freeman is a partner and Vice President of Development & F.M. for Vandelay Hospitality Group. Originally from South Carolina, Wes attended Auburn University and majored in Finance. While assisting in the explosive growth of the fast-casual brand, Zoe's Kitchen, from 8 to 55 units, he made his way to Dallas, Texas. Seeking to continue his education in the hospitality space, Wes took a position with NCR to grow its hospitality software sales division. While visiting customers one day, he found his way to the original East Hampton Sandwich Company location and knew he had to get on the Vandelay team as soon as possible. Wes enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

Education: Auburn University, B.A.

PARTNER, DIRECTOR OF REAL ESTATE

matt mcclain

Bio: Matt is a Partner and the Director of Real Estate for Vandelay Hospitality Group. Matt had worked in all aspects of commercial real estate project leasing, buy, sell, development and tenant representation. Matt really found his passion for the business working with restauranteurs, and helping them achieve their specific goals. In his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with his family, golf, tennis, relaxing at the beach, and snow skiing. Matt was raised in Texas and is the holder of a Texas Real Estate Commission’s salesperson license and a member of ICSC. 

Education: College of Charleston, B.A.

VP, Brand management

Lauren land

Bio: Lauren is Vice President of Brand Management for Vandelay Hospitality Group. Previously, Lauren spent nine years in New York, leading business development as a VP for Christie’s Auction House. There, she created luxury brand collaborations with corporations and philanthropic groups, driving revenue for the Kering brand. She was also responsible for all Food and Beverage, catering and site rentals for Christie's U.S. flagship location at 20 Rockefeller Plaza. Escaping the cold, Lauren moved to the WestCoast, where she built sales and operational infrastructures for start-up luxury brands, including The Private Suite at LAX, Accor Hotel Group's Onefinestay brand and a Silicon Valley platform that was later acquired by Expedia. When not working or traveling, Lauren enjoys being in Texas near family and spending time with her rescue dog, Scoobs.

Education: University of South Carolina, B.A. 

VP, Full service

Jon Peck

Bio: Jon Peck serves as Vice President of Operations for the Full Service Division at Vandelay Hospitality Group. Jon started his career in the restaurant business in 2006 after serving four successful years in the United States Marine Corps, including two tours overseas. After leaving the Marine Corps, Jon enrolled in school for Restaurant Management, and began working for Darden Restaurants’ growth brand, Seasons 52. Over his eight year career with Seasons 52 he saw the brand grow from 5 restaurants to 45 restaurants, all the while working his way up from Server to Managing Partner. In 2014, Jon joined Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group as opening General Manager of their Woodlands, TX location. He was promoted 2 years later in 2016 to Regional Director of Operations, whereby he oversaw 6 restaurants across two states. Jon is an avid reader and is passionate about leadership development, he has been recognized multiple times throughout his career for increasing employee performance and engagement. When not at work, Jon enjoys watching baseball, running, and spending time with his wife and three daughters.

Marketing Director

rosie roberson

Bio: Rosie serves as the Marketing Director at Vandelay Hospitality Group. She began her career in the marketing department at luxury retail brand Forty Five Ten, helping to open its flagship department store in Downtown Dallas. She went on to serve as the Marketing & Events Coordinator for Modern Luxury Dallas magazine, eventually transitioning into editorial and earning the publication’s Associate Editor title. She found a passion for the restaurant industry, finding it to be the most significant aspect of Dallas’ culture. As a Texas native with a background in Dallas-focused editorial, marketing, and events, Rosie brings a unique knowledge of the city and forward-thinking creativity to the team. 

Education: Southern Methodist University, B.A.

creative project manager

Lauren Burgess

Bio: Lauren serves as the Creative Project Manager at Vandelay Hospitality Group. Lauren discovered a passion for painting during her time at Southern Methodist University, where she earned a degree in Engineering and Creative Computation. Upon graduation, Lauren served as a creative professional for Siemens Smart Infrastructure, designing interfaces and branding for various clients. With her creative engineering background, Lauren blends smart, functional design with timeless composition. As an artist, her elegant freehand adds a polished flare to branding elements of Vandelay. In her free time, Lauren enjoys painting in her studio, giving her cat too many treats and exploring Dallas. 

Education: Southern Methodist University, B.A.

marketing coordinator

annika berglund

Bio: Annika serves as the Marketing Coordinator at Vandelay Hospitality Group. Annika graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in Advertising, specializing in Digital Media Strategy and minoring in Graphic Design. The Los Angeles native is a design-savvy digital strategist with a strong content creation skillset; developed and refined through roles in the fashion, advertising, and hospitality industries. These experiences solidified her passion for social media, graphic design, and marketing, and help her bring a refined, strategic creativity to the Vandelay Hospitality brands. When she’s not creating fresh content, she’s probably watching the new true-crime documentary on Netflix or reading up on all things fashion and pop culture. 

Education: Southern Methodist University, B.A.

Human Resources Director

Aubri Shock

Bio: Aubri serves as Human Resources Director and Corporate Administration for Vandelay Hospitality Group. She brings a culture-centric background and passion for employee and customer satisfaction. Aubri's numerous honors include several achievement awards for her project work, creation of company mission, vision and value statements, book publishing, managing international conference events, and creating a company culture. Aubri enjoys live music, traveling, cooking, and riding roller coasters with her kids.

Partner, chief counsel

Chris McNeil

Bio: Chris McNeill of Block, Garden & McNeill, is an experienced mergers and acquisitions specialist, along with securities and blue sky law, financial transactions, and corporate governance. He serves as VHG Chief Counsel in all legal matters. He previously worked as an Associate with Fish & Richardson P.C. in the Corporate and Securities group (2003-2007) and as an Associate with Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. in the Corporate, Securities and Transactions Department (2001-2003).

Education: The University of Mississippi, B.A. summa cum laude; Harvard Law School J.D. 2001; Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy

Bio: Kathryn serves as the Marketing Manager for Vandelay Hospitality Group. She began her marketing career in the Dallas technology start-up world, helping to create a mobile app based around large events and conventions. Discovering a passion for events and bringing people together, she went on to work in events for Boka Restaurant Group in Chicago. There, Kathryn solidified her love for the hospitality industry—realizing that it is truly magical to create and be ringside to some of the greatest moments in people’s lives. When she’s not dining out, Kathryn enjoys traveling, live music, running, and spending time with her golden retriever, Waffles.

Education: University of North Texas, B.B.A. 

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