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

Corporate Office

John Kirkendoll, Founder/CEO

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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.

Tim Spratt, Senior Vice President

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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. The FQBA serves as a resource for information and educational activities, and monitors both local and state issues that may have an impact on business in the French Quarter. He was elected President in 2016.

Caroline Kirkendoll, Vice President

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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. Caroline began her professional career on Wall Street working for Chilton Investment Company, a multi-billion dollar global hedge fund headquartered in New York. She received a BA in International Politics & Economics from Middlebury College.

In her role at KM, Caroline works with both the Restaurant and Nightclub Divisions to help determine strategic direction and expansion opportunities, while also establishing in-house best practices to manage the company’s growing portfolio of businesses.

Alex Chang, Chief Technology Officer

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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, business intelligence, product management and development experience, 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. Alex serves on the board of several technology companies.

Macario DeLaCruz, Director of Technology

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Macario is a full-stack developer who enjoys building projects utilizing JavaScript and PHP, among other technologies and programming languages. Prior to joining Kirkendoll Management, Macario worked for several boutique studios, an Inc. 5000 company, and three universities. Macario was a computer and printer technician before switching to web/software development as a career path. He gives back to the community by donating his time and expertise to Code for America and volunteering in hackathons for charities like 48in48.

Nicey Simoneaux, Corporate Administrator

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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.

Nightclub Division

Chuck Rolling, Chief Operating Officer

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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.

Eddie Suqi, Director of Licensing

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Eddie is a pioneering entrepreneur and the mind behind some of the nation’s most seminal concepts in dining and entertainment. After graduating from Northern Illinois University with a BS in Computer Science, Eddie worked at Morgan Stanley for five years before leaving the corporate world to pursue his real passion: hospitality. Eddie’s first foray into the industry was a fresh concept called Sugar - A Dessert Bar, which he opened in Chicago in 2003 at just 27 years old. Sugar’s success quickly propelled Eddie into the spotlight, including a full-length feature in The New York Times. His creativity and can-do spirit led to positions in some of Chicago’s hottest cabarets, nightclubs, and restaurants, and he joined Kirkendoll Management’s Nightclub Division in 2016 as the Director of Licensing for Penthouse Clubs Worldwide.

Restaurant Division

Jamie Munoz, Director of Operations

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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.

Cody Morgan - Corporate General Manager

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Cody brings over 10 years of bar and restaurant experience to the Kirkendoll Management team. Prior to joining KM, Cody spent six years as General Manager of The Rum House on Magazine St., where she helped facilitate the opening of their Baton Rouge location and development of their second concept, The Red Dog Diner. In addition to her role at KM, Cody also works for the Augusta National Golf Club during The Masters Golf Tournament as a Supervisor in The Club House. Cody was born and raised in New Orleans and graduated from the University of New Orleans with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration.

Pete Montecino, Controller

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Pete brings 25 years of restaurant hospitality and operational experience to KM’s Restaurant Division. Pete was formerly with Ruth’s Chris Steak House, where he oversaw the opening of 45+ corporate and franchise-owned restaurants around the world. His most recent tenure was as General Manager in the flagship New Orleans location.

Along with his role at Ruth’s Chris, Pete also served on the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience Board from 2012-2015 and continues to work closely with the community through his involvement with several nonprofit organizations which aim to benefit the greater New Orleans Area.

Marketing

Jessica Holtzman, Director of Marketing – Nightclub Division

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Jessica initially joined the Kirkendoll Management team in 2009 at the club level while completing her BSM in Marketing at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business. Eight years later, she’s thrilled to call the corporate office her own.

Since graduating with honors in 2013, Jessica has lived and worked in Las Vegas and Miami advising premium hospitality and nightlife venues, including The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and E11EVEN Miami, in marketing and public relations. Her specialties lie in conceptualizing and implementing dynamic campaigns for unique properties. Jessica plays an integral role in providing strategic direction for the marketing needs of both KM’s Nightclub Division and The Penthouse Club’s numerous licensees, with emphasis on digital and traditional advertising, public relations, social media, and business development.

Taylor Burley, Creative Director – Restaurant Division

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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 Creative Director for the Restaurant Division, Taylor creates and designs everything from traditional advertisements to social media graphics and ensures 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.

Avery Gray, Marketing Associate – Public Relations & E-Commerce

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Avery joined Kirkendoll Management in 2017 after graduating with honors from Louisiana State University’s E.J. Ourso College of Business. Prior to joining the KM team, Avery worked as a Marketing & Public Relations Intern for KREWE, an Associate at DEVENEY Communications, and an event coordinator for a local restaurant. At Kirkendoll Management, Avery oversees public relations as well as e-commerce and merchandising operations for both the Restaurant and Nightclub Divisions. He also plays an integral role in providing strategic direction regarding website development and traditional advertising for the Restaurant Division and Kirkendoll Management’s corporate marketing efforts. 

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