Co - Chief Executive Officer
Over the past two decades, Omar Gutierrez has overseen several of the most successful brands in the global restaurant and nightlife sectors. He has worked alongside the world's best chefs and restaurateurs, managed a series of world-class restaurants, and implemented the highest standards of operational excellence throughout a career stocked with professional achievements.
With a passion for hospitality that sparked early, Gutierrez graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration. He dove into his career head-first at the Rio Hotel and Casino as part of the team that relaunched the 162,000+ square foot location with great fanfare in 1999, revolutionizing Las Vegas entertainment with the city’s first casino nightclub and luxury rooftop lounge.
After overseeing food and beverage operations at the hotel's Rio Secco, Gutierrez took on the General Manager role for Jean Louis Paladin's Napa, named by Bon Appétit Magazine as one of the nation’s best restaurants. In 2003, he set his sights on operations for the multi-million dollar Voodoo Lounge and Restaurant, which included live entertainment, an ultra-lounge, and the hotel’s 51st floor fine dining restaurant. The move segued his transition to General Manager the House of Blues Foundation Room and renowned Chef Rick Moonen's flagship restaurant RM Seafood.
In 2007, he accepted the position of Director of Food and Beverage at Mandalay Bay where he worked side-by-side with star chefs Charlie Palmer, Alain Ducasse, Hubert Keller, and Michael Mina. He opened several of the casino resort’s new venues and oversaw the food and beverage operations for the country's biggest sporting events and concerts.
Prior to joining Orange Brands Management in 2016, Gutierrez was Vice President of Restaurants for the U.S. for Hakkasan Ltd., spearheading operational strategy and business development.
At Orange Brands Management Gutierrez oversees operations and growth of the SUSHISAMBA and Duck & Waffle brands. During his tenure he brought the locations to record-breaking numbers, opened the iconic SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden restaurant and most recent Dubai location – the brand’s first in the Middle East, and negotiated upcoming openings in Doha, Edinburgh, Morocco and throughout KSA. Omar’s accomplishments have culminated in his recent promotion from Chief Operating Officer to Co-Chief Executive Officer, where he is a driving force of the company’s success as it continues to draw the world’s eye with further expansion plans on the horizon.