Our Team

The Kirkendoll Management team forms the financial, legal, and marketing backbone of our properties. We believe the devil is in the details, and numbers don’t lie — so we use sophisticated metrics to inform and support every strategy.

A lot of effort goes into creating the effortless elegance of a Kirkendoll restaurant or club. Meet the people building our vision.

Kirkendoll Team

John Kirkendoll, Founder/CEO

John is the man with the plan.

John is the founder and CEO of Kirkendoll Management and a 30-year entrepreneur and entertainment proprietor. Since founding Kirkendoll Management in 1987, John has built a team of industry experts and professionals focused on creating value out of unique business opportunities and producing outstanding customer experiences. His business acumen and keen ability to identify and foster talent across a variety of industries has helped Kirkendoll Management become one of the top entertainment management companies in the world. Prior to forming Kirkendoll Management, John was a commercial banker and venture capitalist in Dallas. He is an alumnus of Oklahoma State University and Harvard Business School.

Throughout his career, John has championed a number of charitable and nonprofit organizations that reflect his personal values. Through his commitment to leverage the financial success of his company to promote positive change, Kirkendoll Management is building out a corporate social responsibility program to that will contribute to valuable programs in New Orleans and beyond.

Chuck Rolling, Chief Operating Officer - Nightclub Division

Chuck oversees Kirkendoll’s metrics-based approach.

Chuck joined Kirkendoll Management in 1992 as general manager. Since then, he’s traveled the country developing properties and supporting promising new ventures, from Myrtle Beach and Miami to Atlanta and Chicago.

During Chuck’s 20 years with the company, Kirkendoll has seen a substantial increase in profit. In 2011, he became COO, and continues to direct development from the company’s New Orleans headquarters.

Jamie Munoz, Director of Operations - Restaurant Division

Jamie directs the operations of the Kirkendoll restaurants.

Jamie Munoz brings over 15 years of management and operational experience in the hospitality industry to Kirkendoll Management. His most recent tenure includes the well known Dickie Brennan and Company. Jamie is looking forward to bringing the operational pieces necessary to help take our Restaurant Division to new heights.

In addition to his new role, Munoz holds some meaningful roles in our community and beyond such as Board Member to the New Orleans Oyster Festival, Member of the Fore Kids Foundation, Member of the Louisiana Restaurant Association, he works closely with Louisiana Hospitality Association and last but not least he is the General Manager for the Augusta Masters Golf Tournament Restaurant in Georgia.

Leigh Wright, Marketing Director

Leigh oversees the branding and marketing identities of each distinct Kirkendoll property.

An Alabama native, Leigh came to New Orleans in 2011. Before joining the Kirkendoll team, she dove into a career in Southern food and culture, becoming the head chef at Antoine’s Annex and writing monthly magazine columns on the South’s unique culinary history.

In her three-year tenure as marketing director of Kirkendoll Management, Leigh has championed the Kirkendoll brand across digital media channels and spearheaded the creation of six new brand identities. As the company’s online exposure has grown, its marketing overhead has shrunk — thanks in part to Leigh’s shrewd direction.

Caroline Kirkendoll, Vice President

Caroline joined Kirkendoll Management is 2016 after graduating from Georgetown University with an MS in International Economics. Prior to attending Georgetown, Caroline lived in Costa Rica for three years, where she helped lead two different NGOs focused on education and community development initiatives in the rural Guanacaste province. Caroline began her professional career on Wall Street working for Chilton Investment Company, a multi-billion dollar global hedge fund headquartered in New York. Caroline received a BA in International Politics & Economics from Middlebury College.

Through her studies at Georgetown, Caroline gained valuable experience in security and business risk consulting as well as the public sector, first as a Summer Associate at Kroll in New York and later as a graduate student intern at the US Department of State.

Tim Spratt, Vice President

Tim’s knowledge informs Kirkendoll Management strategy, implementation, and compliance.

After spending 4 years as the company’s top legal advisor, Tim’s focus is now on future growth opportunities for the company. He has advised on a wide array of legal issues, including employment law, contract drafting and negotiation, governmental compliance, and risk management and mitigation. He uses these insights to supplement and add value to the decision-making process. He also oversees outside counsel, achieving consistency and quality in all of the company’s affairs.

Tim sits on the Board of the French Quarter Business Association, an organization with over 200 business community members. He was elected co-Vice President in 2015.

Alex Chang, Chief Technology Officer

Alex’s tech and engineering expertise ensures Kirkendoll’s industry-leading online presence.

Alex has an undergraduate education in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and graduate-level training in management science for product development from Stanford University. With over two decades of computer science and business intelligence experience, plus a decade of experience in product and systems development, Alex was a natural fit to direct the design and implementation of the latest technology into Kirkendoll’s club properties. He also volunteers as the Vice Chairman of Information Technology Committee for the United States Tennis Association's Southern Chapter.

Nicey Simoneaux, Corporate Administrator

Nicey’s foresight and administrative support sustain Kirkendoll’s office operations.

Planning and organization are key elements of every successful office, and this is where Nicey excels. With years of experience in accounting, financial insurance, and other professional arenas, she motivates the Kirkendoll Management team to offer our best work on a daily basis.

Arpit Bhopalkar, Business Analyst

Arpit received his MBA in Finance from Tulane University, where he was also an Investment Research Manager with Burkenroad Reports - an equity research program. Arpit received his undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Arts from Devi Ahilya University, India. Prior to his MBA, Arpit worked as an Auditor in CAG office in India, where he audited World Bank aided projects for two years.

Taylor Burley, Digital Marketing Coordinator

Taylor moved to New Orleans in 2013 after graduating from the University of Limerick in Ireland with a B.A. in Journalism and New Media. Before joining the Kirkendoll Management team in 2016, Taylor worked as the social media and marketing manager at a local restaurant, a freelance writer for several publications, and a public school English teacher. As Kirkendoll Management's Digital Marketing Coordinator, Taylor creates strategic campaigns in order to ensure that the KM brands are cohesively and uniformly represented in both the print and digital sphere.

In her spare time, Taylor enjoys traveling, reading, and practicing her graphic design, illustration, and Spanish language skills.

Jordan Bodzin, Software Developer

Jordan graduated from Tulane University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, in 2013. After learning web and software engineering both independently and at Tulane, he joined Kirkendoll Management in 2014 as a developer. Jordan builds and maintains the websites for Kirkendoll Management’s clubs and restaurants, builds software used in Kirkendoll establishments, and provides technical assistance for Kirkendoll’s businesses and employees.


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