Sometimes we wonder if “James West” is his real name. It’s one of those names that remind us of a Clark Kent or Bruce Wayne. Jim’s passion, eclectic nature, and long list of accomplishments in hospitality help to reinforce our belief that one of our co-founders moonlights as a super hero.
Jim began his hospitality career under the direction of Dan Scoggin founder and global leader of TGI Friday’s. Dan has been a close friend and mentor to Jim throughout his career.
Jim has held executive level positions in a variety of national and global brands with TGI Friday's, Red Robin, and Morton’s – Bertolini’s of Chicago top the list. His company, West Group Solutions, has provided hospitality consulting to major brands with projects reaching as far as the U.K., Japan, and the Middle East.
In his free time Jim enjoys long distance running, red wines, yoga, and poetry. We may never know if James West is a superhero, all we know is that is he is the real deal.
The Hub Streat team is a big family. Bob and fellow Hub Streat founding partner Jim West have been crafting restaurant brands since 1999. As a founding partner in Mesa Fresh Mexican Grill and Hub Streat, Bob brings a strategic mind along with a passion to keep food concepts “Fresh.”
When he's not busy being the VP of Strategic Accounts at Vertafore or creating ideas for new food concepts, he’s a board member and past President of the Pennsylvania Lacrosse Association. He's also the founder of the Mesa Fresh Lacrosse Club who have sent over 150 players to Division 1 college Lacrosse programs in 7 years.
Did we mention Bob is also part of this little thing called the HALL OF FAME?
We'd write more about Bob and Lacrosse, but we don't have enough space.
Jon was a foodie before the word “foodie” was invented. His family opened a butcher shop in Johnsonville, Wisconsin in 1945, which eventually grew into Johnsonville Sausage.
Needless to say, a passion for food and an entrepreneurial spirit are in his genes. It’s this entrepreneurial spirit that inspired Jon to launch the Dallas food truck company Two Trucks in 2011. In just a few short years, Two Trucks has grown into a family of successful street food brands including The Butcher’s Son, Gandolfo’s Deli, What’s Da Scoop, and the Texas Burrito Company.
When he’s not building his "Streat Cred," you can find Jon giving back to local organizations like the Boys & Girls Club of America.
DANIEL R. SCOGGIN
“Don’t confuse improving mediocrity with excellence.”
“Results trumps rules, values trump everything.”
Who talks like this? Our legendary mentor, sage, and resident daredevil Daniel R. Scoggin does. Those proverbs are just a few of the lessons he’s distilled from a storied career in hospitality.
Dan took a small restaurant called T.G.I. Friday’s and turned it into the global company we see today. He is credited with inventing the casual dining restaurant segment. He’s also been the head of several multi-million dollar brands, all of which you can read in his Wikipedia.
In his spare time Dan likes to sail around the world, fly planes, and share his knowledge by blogging. The restaurant industry and the general public know Dan as a globe trotting legend, we just know him as our down to earth mentor.
At Hub Streat, we "Celebrate Life Deliciously". Following in those footsteps, Art been doing just that his entire life. As a 30 year veteran of the restaurant industry, Art brings his tremendous experience and world travels to the hub. When he's not meeting new guests in the beer garden, or experimenting in the kitchen, Art and his wife travel the globe whenever they can (and he's partial to Barcelona as a favorite city for all things food). But if you ask, the sommelier in him will tell you about a day in the wine fields of Bordeaux that he would happily relive over and over in a real life Groundhog day.
We think it's that passion for food and beverage along with an extreme abundance of hospitality that make Art the perfect ambassador at the Hub. We know you'll agree, so come down to see Art and his team at Hub Streat!